PLAN DATE: SUN / DEC. 16
Transport yourselves to the tropics over sandy wood floors and hanging surfboards at Surf Bar, a cute and kitschy Tiki shack that’ll positively warm and brighten your moods. Dim hot pink lighting and barbie-doll embossed beer taps add an edgy, but still fun and beachy touch to set the mood for the spiced, flavorful seafood to come: creamy clam chowder, zesty shrimp tacos, an excellent Mahi Mahi burger and perfectly greasy sides like sweet plantains, crispy herb calamari and Surf Bar Fries with honey and sea salt. With everything served on a little surfboard, there’ll be undeniable smiles exchanged while you mini-vacation with your person at this little beach paradise.
When you’re done with your flirty, beachy fun food, go for some upscale tropical drinks at Clyde’s, a quiet, stylish space for Trinidadian cocktails and small plates. Enter through the beaded curtain at adjoining restaurant Pearl (or through the unmarked side door), and share a candlelit table under hanging lights and calypso posters among sunny yellows and aquamarine blues. Their rum-centric specialty cocktails, infused with Carribean touches like guava and cane syrup, will take you and your person to paradise, so order up some modern margaritas (aka, Jab Molassies), made with orange liqueur, guava puree and passion-fruit juice, and fly, fly away.
139 North 6th Street, Brooklyn
idk tip: For dessert, try their Tiramisu—they’re known for an Italian touch, and this is just the dessert for it.
178 North 8th Street, Brooklyn
idk tip: You won’t want to skip on their more savory drinks, like the Gin Thyme, which includes a creamy mix of cucumber and avocado.