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Fort Greene: idk tonight’s Top 10 Date Night Picks

By: Sophia Marina

Teeming with amazing, diverse eateries just waiting to be enjoyed, Fort Greene is a Brooklyn oasis that’s perfect for date night (or day) when you want romance that’s a bit off the beaten track. If you’d want to know why great American poets, architects, and early New Yorkers called this particularly idyllic part of Brooklyn home, just make plans for a walk in historic and hilly Fort Greene Park, followed by dinner at one of any of these quietly splendid restaurants. 

idk tonight's Top Ten Date Night Picks: Fort Greene

171 Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn

This serene, lush and lucid pan-Mediterranean eatery offers up an irresistible menu in an irresistibly boho-chic setup, with all the terracotta tiles, stucco walls and leafy potted plants you could ever wish for. Olea will take you miles and miles away from the concrete of New York and into bright, sun-bathed lands by the sea with a feast of innovative, frisky tapas that span over twenty options and impressive entrees like arctic char and vibrant paella. Drawing inspiration from the flavorful trifecta of Spain, Italy, and Greece, there’ll undoubtedly be something for you, your lover and your tastebuds to get excited about. The meal, the ambiance and the getaway-feel will definitely have you coming back when you need a change of scene—just like all of the Fort Greene locals that flock here for an unforgettable brunch and dinner every week.

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Gentleman Farmer
378 Myrtle Avenue, Brooklyn

French farmhouse cuisine and affordable wines are responsible for this wonderfully rustic outpost and its natural charm. Leather banquette seating, lacquered wood touches and delicate candelabras give Gentleman Farmer a genuine, simple feel that combines with its mesh of seasonal ingredients, traditional French cooking and focus on fine, fresh game for a satisfying, invigorating experience. Think bison tartare (Béarnaise mousse, capers, quail egg), grilled octopus (Fingerling potatoes, chickpeas, chorizo), pork filet mignon (brussel sprouts, shiitake mushrooms, cherry tomatoes), venison steak (celery root, braised endive, Roquefort sauce), and other delicacies that’ll make you melt with anticipation. It’s definitely the place for an intimate date with intricate, interesting food choices that’ll impress your palates and tickle your foodie imaginations.

Gentleman Farmer
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Petit Paulette
136 Dekalb Avenue, Brooklyn

Simple and sweet wine bar Petit Paulette is the perfect, picturesque little spot to lean over a tiny table towards your love, clink your glasses and take a long, happy drink. The open views of Fort Greene Park enhance the sense of dedication to natural wines and perfectly executed charcuterie that makes this place tick, with a vibe that’s homey and chic all at once. Thoughtful and imaginative, the list of savory refreshments includes everything from deviled eggs to pork pâté de campagne to crisp, creamy crème brûlée. Happy hour means 20% off of bottles from 4-6pm, so make sure to make this a must-do summer evening in the tree-lined streets of Fort Greene.

Petit Paulette
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Fort Greene Park
100 Washington Park, Brooklyn

If you fancy a frolick after that wine, or simply take pleasure in sweet, lengthy strolls with your love, then Fort Greene Park awaits to give you a bit of the lush, urban oasis you need. Commissioned in the 1800s by great American poet Walt Whitman, this park was the absolute first of its kind in Brooklyn, and remains a picturesque place to double down with a picnic blanket, get active and exercise, or show up for one of their intriguing public events—and it’s conveniently located by many of the eateries in this guide, so you can grab a bite whenever hunger strikes. Bypass the crowds of the city’s packed parks and explore the sloping hills, flourishing trees and quiet green space of this totally idyllic Fort Greene location with your one and only.

Fort Greene
Credit: Fort Greene Conservancy
166 Dekalb Avenue, Brooklyn

The carefully curated, all-inclusive, soft-izakaya cuisine at Karasu is exactly the kind of Fort Greene speakeasy you want to find yourselves sharing a meal in. The food here is simple but stimulating, ranging from direct dishes like sake-steamed oysters and yaki imo (roasted Japanese sweet potato, nori-sesame butter), to more innovative stuff like duck confit soba (scallions, enoki, momiji oroshi, onsen egg). Conveniently categorized into small, medium and large portions, you can have a long, mellow meal at your preferred pace, and lounge about in their dark, cooly chic space with cocktails especially concocted to pair perfectly with what you eat. This is definitely an absolute Fort Greene must for food that covers all the flavors, textures and colors of a seasonal, simple and down to earth Japanese meal.

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Colonia Verde
219 Dekalb Avenue, Brooklyn

There are lots of beautiful backyards in Brooklyn you want to be taking advantage of, but the one at Latin American outpost Colonia Verde is a true neighborhood heart throb. With the kind of tile, terracotta and wood layout that makes you think of hot, hazy summer hideaways in a hidden tropical farmhouses, a meal out here with your love will feel more like a mini-vacation than date night. The feisty, wood-fired food will do nothing but enhance that faraway sensation, bringing out platters of incredible steaks, sirloins and rib-eye to crown their bed of equally amazing other entrées like pulpo al pastor (grilled octopus, pineapple, charred onions, cilantro coulis) and smoky mushroom arepa (avocado salsa, oyster mushrooms). Specialties like Sunday Asados brings in chefs from around the world for a no-frills, fiery grill fest, and weekend things like brunch are truly top-notch in a gorgeous, glowing garden of savory foods and stylish digs that’ll deliver on a good date any time of day.

Colonia Verde
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Dick and Jane's
266 Adelphi Street, Brooklyn

This dark and lovely lowkey spot is great for a superb round of cocktails before or after dinner, with a daily happy hour that runs till 8pm so you can get happily infused with your love before getting wherever you’re going. Dick and Jane’s is tiny, which means a super intimate space to share with your person void of loud groups or ambiance disturbances, while the mixologists blow your minds with their booze-bending abilities. Think classic cocktails like Daiquiris or Old Fashioned in all their original glory, and more modern marvels like their lavender vodka Provence to really entice and enrapture the senses. One drink definitely won’t suffice when you get a load of the coolness, creativity and intense mixology that’s going on in this sultry Fort Greene speakeasy.

Dick & Janes
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211 Dekalb Avenue, Brooklyn

The sleek, smooth confines of Evelina are where you want to be going for intense, impressive pasta options and a compelling Mediterranean menu of modern means. This is where Italian gets a little more interesting than plain red sauces and mozzarella cheese, venturing out into more delicate, delicious territory to give you and your love a serious array of tempting choices. Start with some fresh fluke ceviche (crushed avocado, mango, sweet potato, cilantro, lime, jalapeño), then really get going with a sensational saffron acquerello risotto (baby zucchini, scallops carpaccio, lime) or squid ink spaghetti (Manila clams, shrimp, chili, Meyer lemon, sea urchin). There’s nothing about these flavors and foods that won’t entirely satiate, and leave you with the sense you really got the best out of your sexy, swooning date night.

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Habana Outpost
757 Fulton Street, Brooklyn

You and your S.O. should head to Habana Outpost whenever you’re feeling like mellow vibes, frozen drinks, outdoor movie screenings and an easy atmosphere to wile away some time on a hot afternoon in Fort Greene. The city’s first eco-eatery, it means you can dig into the burritos, quesadillas and chili-lime corn in a cup to get the best of Cuban-Mexican fusion while feeling good about every aspect of the experience, right down to the environmental ethics. Salty tostones, mango salads and cold beer can only mean one thing, and that’s sunny relaxation and carefree fun with your person by your side.

Habana Outpost
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234 Dekalb Avenue, Brooklyn

The small, select menu here is delicate and delicious, with a rotating list that sticks to its tricks while handling a farm-to-table switch of ingredients throughout the year in a rustic, Italian fashion. Agrodolce, chicories, saba, fava beans, roasted greens, a smatter of natural wines and a daily bitter and sour go far and fast here to create an indelible sense of the finer things in life, and one that’s definitely best appreciated with your love. There’s a bakery churning out fresh bread both for dinner and a loaf to take home, while their commitment to sustainability simply makes everything about your meal better. You can’t go wrong with a deep, delectable dinner at Roman’s. In fact, you can only go perfectly right.

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