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Romantic Dates in Brooklyn

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Everyone needs a little romance in their lives, and if you're looking for a romantic Brooklyn restaurant, bar, or even just a beautiful view, then you're in luck. Brooklyn boasts all sorts of intimate dinner spots and date-worthy destinations. One of these picks is sure to please.

1. Dinner in DUMBO

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DUMBO's River Café may be the most romantic spot in Brooklyn, but if you're looking for a more wallet-friendly option, start the night off with a candlelit dinner for two at Hecho en Dumbo. Order the $17 sampler platter to share, and you'll feast on bruschetta and bite-sized Latin dishes like burritas. After dinner, make your way to the nearby Brooklyn Ice Cream factory, where you can eat dessert while standing beneath the Brooklyn Bridge. Take in the fantastic views of the Manhattan skyline, then walk up to the Brooklyn Heights promenade, and get cozy while sitting on a bench overlooking the East River.
  • Hecho en Dumbo, 111 Front St, (718) 855-5288
  • Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory, 1 Water St, (718) 246-3963

2. Ride to Red Hook

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Why not mix things up a bit and try out a daytime date? Rent bikes, then cycle down Van Brunt Street until you hit the Red Hook waterfront. Buy picnic goods at Fairway, then head over to the Valentino Pier and Park, just a few blocks away. Sit, eat, and enjoy the waterfront views (including a great one of the Statue of Liberty). On your return trip, take a break at Baked, and share a piece of the bakery's famed red velvet cake.
  • Fairway, 480 Van Brunt St, (718) 694-6868
  • Valentino Pier, intersection of Van Dyke St and Coffey St
  • Baked, 359 Van Brunt St, (718) 222-0345

3. A Night in Park Slope

Make an impression at Palo Santo, where Chef Jacques Gautier dishes out stellar Latin food from a renovated brownstone apartment building. Sit at the bar, which overlooks the restaurant's tiny open kitchen, and order the $45 tasting menu ($75 with wine pairings). Gautier will feed you until you're stuffed, but save enough room for a nightcap at the nearby Barbés, where there's live music most nights of the week.
  • Palo Santo, 652 Union St, (718) 636-6311
  • Barbes, 376 9th St, (718) 965-9177

4. Love and Live Music

On Friday and Saturday nights, the BAM Cafe offers free live music. Hit up iCi first for a romantic French-inspired meal, then walk over to BAM, where you can order drinks and soak up some culture. If you're not a fan of the music playing, you can always catch a movie at BAM's Rose Cinemas, or walk over to Boerum Hill's Deity on Atlantic Avenue for a late night cocktail in lush surroundings.
  • iCi, 246 DeKalb Ave, (718) 789-2778
  • BAM, 30 Lafayette Ave, (718) 636-4100
  • Deity, 368 Atlantic Ave, no phone

5. Get Your Game On

At The Gutter in Greenpoint, you'll be able to show off your competitive side. The eight lane bowling alley doesn't accept reservations, but if there's a wait, you can rest easy; this gaming spot is as much of a bar as it is a place to bowl. Follow up the fun with an intimate dinner at DOC Wine Bar. Order antipasti or a cheese plate at this charming Italian spot, then end the night by sharing something sweet -- a dish of the bar's phenomenal tiramisu.
  • The Gutter, 200 N 14th St, (718) 387-3585
  • DOC Wine Bar, 83 N 7th St, (718) 963-1925
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