PLAN DATE: WEDS / JAN. 16
If you’re looking for an intimate, sleek space to enjoy a meal for two, look no further than Evelina. A standout among other Fort Greene dining options, Evelina specializes in Mediterranean-Italian fare, including pastas, small plates, and wood-fired dishes in wildly weird combinations created by Chef Lanfranco Paliotti. Start with the squash tempura drizzled in spicy honey or the charred octopus accompanied by a fava bean puree. The bright stars are the pastas—like the Strangozzi featuring sea urchin—which come in large enough portions for sharing.
Switch from wine to a specialty cocktail at Robert Bar, a downtown Brooklyn favorite among locals and newcomers alike. The décor is retro chic with a funky edge—don’t miss the 4,000 dominoes lining the ceiling or the vintage jukebox—and the cocktails are as inventive as they get, even in their names alone. Try Death in High Heels, if you want to taste what happens when gin, prosecco, rosemary, and blood orange collide, or, get adventurous with the Roadrunner—or as we like to call it, a well-earned hangover—which features hellfire bitters, cinnamon sugar and maraschino liqueur for the sweetest sweet tooth among you.
211 Dekalb Avenue, Brooklyn
idk tip: Portions are variable and menus change frequently, so don’t be afraid to ask your waiter a lot of questions.
104 Bond Street, Brooklyn
idk tip: If your date is into the latest wellness craze, win points with Sister Midnight, a rare cocktail featuring activated charcoal.