PLAN DATE: FRI / JUL. 20
If you’re craving true New England seaside seafood, then the Lobster Joint has you covered. You can nearly smell the salty ocean breeze in this cozy indoor/outdoor restaurant specializing in everything from lobster grilled cheeses (a combo sandwich you never knew you needed) to their tomato-based fish stew (with pollock, mahi, and wine). And while a lot of the options here are fairly traditional (see: baja fish tacos, crab cake sandwiches, and a choice between New England or Connecticut lobster rolls), the atmosphere is its defining feature. Nautical decor is on full blast, with ship wheels, anchors, and wooden lobster traps, extending all the way to the beachy patio with weathered-blue tables, antique lanterns, and a framed painting of a ship out at sea.
After dinner, keep with the nautical theme by taking a stroll over to Achilles Heel—a low-key, but sophisticated bar fashioned after vintage dock-worker bars from the early 1900s. With a vintage-weathered look that extends to its tin ceiling, vertical shiplap walls, pale blue-and-white palette, and even the old-school piano by the bathroom, you’ll feel completely transported. That said, the winning touch is their craft cocktail list, including standout options like the mezcal-based Public Beach (with lime, sherry, and maraschino) and the rye-based Old Flame (with blood orange amara, vermouth rojo, and nutmeg).
1073 Manhattan Avenue, Brooklyn
idk tip: To keep with the theme, we recommend either their Belfast Baby Lobster Ale or a Lobster Claw Bloody Mary (actual lobster claw included).
180 West Street, Brooklyn
idk tip: If drinking is the priority tonight, they offer some great beer/shot specials, as well as “Extra Special” mezcal-based options that include Sotol por Siempre and El Jolgorio Tepeztate.