PLAN DATE: TUES / JAN. 2
Delve into classic Italian charm with the modern sensibility of upscale Brooklyn at Fausto. This place is new to the area, but its influence is timeless. The menu takes direct inspiration from regional Italian dishes, thanks to Chef Erin Shambura, and their collection of cocktails, as well as biodynamic wines, offer up something equally bold and rustic for your night out on the town. (It also helps that the two wood-burning stoves may as well double as cozy wintertime fireplaces.)
You and your date deserve some simplicity to complement dinner’s upscale atmosphere, and there’s no better option than Joyce Bakeshop (which is right around the corner). From doilies to demitasse, this community-friendly, espresso-based bakeshop is probably the coziest way to end a date night this winter.
Prospect Heights / Park Slope
348 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn
idk tip: This place literally has cheese on its dessert menu, so you can now officially brush off the haters and give cheese the three-course treatment it deserves.
646 Vanderbilt Avenue, Brooklyn
idk tip: We recommend trying Joyce’s beautiful frangipane tarts. Plus, their black & white cookies are so famous, they’ve started shipping them all over the United States.