Sailor feels like an old lighthouse run by someone who enjoys the smooth sounds of Frank Ocean. From the people behind Joseph Leonard and Jeffrey’s Grocery, and the chef of the now-closed Breslin, the Fort Greene restaurant has flickering lamps, nautical paintings, and a seafood-heavy menu with lots of interesting small plates. Focus on the fish, and bring someone who has a let’s-just-split-a-bunch-of-things mentality. Start with the mussel toast and creamy mackerel pâté, then go for something bigger like the cod in a pool of soup, or pork shoulder sliced like roast beef. Most things cost under $20, and all of the entrees are less than $30, so you may have some budget left over for dessert. If so, get the profiteroles.

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