PLAN DATE: SAT / DEC. 8
At the height of steakhouses and upscale grilling is St. Anselm, a tried and true American restaurant prized for its simple but thoroughly expert preparation of high-end meats. Despite the steak focus, all of their meats boast the same excellent execution of tenderness, flavor and perfect preparation, and the sides are, of course, the most delectable versions of sides possible—the Pan Fried Mashed Potatoes has a golden crust that nearly sparkles, and the Spinach Gratin promises the perfect amount of creamy and cheesy. Experience near-royalty in their castle-like quarters of dark wood, exposed brick and medieval drapery as you not only dig into their famous Butcher Steak, but watch as it’s made—cooking is done in the open, so you can hope that by watching closely, one of you might be able to recreate this fabulous slab of meat at home.
You won’t have to walk far to find the perfect beer to pair with your perfect steak—Spuyten Duyvil, right next door, specializes in Belgian beer and has a huge backyard for you and your love to go casual after your fancy meal, relax and stretch out. A refined approach to beer means only 6 are kept on tap—all of them Belgian—but over 80 bottled rarities remain for you to choose from and discover. The scarlet ceiling and wooden interior give it a grungy, down-to-earth feel that complements the medieval castle vibes from earlier, and with such superior beer to down and drink, you and your person will truly feel like Kings and Queens.
355 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn
idk tip: They don’t take reservations and they do get packed, so plan to be there well before 7 to secure your spots.
359 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn
idk tip: If you’ve got any room, their charcuterie options are of the finest.