Need to celebrate a special occasion in Brooklyn? That's what The River Cafe is there for. This restaurant sits on a barge alongside Brooklyn Bridge Park, and it offers a great view of the Manhattan skyline. Brunch, lunch, and dinner are prix-fixe, but breakfast is not. (Also, jackets are required for men.) Yes, this place is expensive, but the food is better than the stuff they serve at Tavern on The Green, and it’s just as good a place to go before prom.
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Popina is a tiny, casual restaurant on the Brooklyn waterfront. The food is a mix of Southern and Italian, and they do some great chicken and pasta.
Despite the isolated location and slightly self-important staff, Glasserie is still a solid Greenpoint destination.
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Belle Reve is a sort of bar/gastropub that’s known to turn into a full on party from time to time. The food is good, but the partying is better.
Chez Ma Tante
Chez Ma Tante is a neighborhood spot that looks like every other Brooklyn restaurant - but it’s not. Come here for simple, excellent food.
The Grill is the revamp of the legendary Four Seasons restaurant, run by the people behind Carbone. It’s very similar, very expensive, and worth it.
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Vinegar Hill House
One of our favorite restaurants in Brooklyn, especially in the summer when their back garden is in full swing. Bring some bug spray, eat a pork chop.
Celestine feels like a casual neighborhood restaurant, but this Mediterranean spot is on the water in Dumbo and has excellent views.
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