Valentine’s Day: Romantic Restaurants In Brooklyn

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“Victims of love!” Van Brunt Street, Red Hook (Photo: Pamela Wong/BKLYNER)

Valentine’s Day is a week away. If you haven’t already made dinner plans, BKLYNER has compiled a list of more than 30 restaurants across the borough perfect for enjoying a romantic dinner for two.

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Have a romantic dinner on 5th Avenue or surprise a loved one with sweet treats from one of the delicious bakeries.
Where: See the list of 5th Avenue restaurants and bakeries above.

Elia Restaurant
This neighborhood fixture has been serving modern Greek cuisine in Bay Ridge since 1998, including classics like spanakopita, moussaka, baklava, and much more.
Where: 8611 3rd Avenue (between 86th & 87th Streets)
Reservations: (718) 748-9891 or OpenTable

Bensonhust
Pio Pio
Enjoy ceviche, pisco sours, anticuchos and other Peruvian favorites among the restaurant’s rustic-modern decor. Pio Pio specializes in authentic Pollo a La Brasa (rotisserie chicken) made with an “infamous Green Sauce.”
Where: 282 Kings Highway (near Quentin Road)
Reservations: (718) 627-3744

Mamma Rao’s Cucina Italiana
A Dyker Heights iconic Italian fixture serving an array of pasta, fish, antipastos, and their famous lemon drop cookies. Their special Valentine’s Day menu features Cupid’s Delight (linguine sautéed with chopped lobster), The Red Room (Black Angus filet mignon), Scalopini della Mama (veal cutlet), and more.
Where: 6408 11th Avenue (near 66th Street)
Reservations: (718) 745-2269

Boerum Hill/Cobble Hill
Colonie
Opened on Atlantic Avenue in 2011, Colonie uses ingredients sourced from local farms and features a selection of natural and sustainable wines, as well as regional craft beers and inventive cocktails mixed with artisanal spirits and fresh ingredients.
Where: 127 Atlantic Avenue (between Clinton & Henry Streets)
Reservations: (718) 855-7500

French Louie
Founded by the team behind Buttermilk Channel, this stylish bistro serves French-American cuisine with a special Valentine’s Day menu featuring chilled oysters, steak tartare, cassoulet, apple tarte tatin, and more, for $85 per person.
Where: 320 Atlantic Avenue (between Hoyt & Smith Streets)
Reservations: (718) 935-1200

Taiki
Making its debut last April, this Boerum Hill gem serves stellar sushi prepared by Chef Taiki who previously worked at Manhattan’s BondST. For Valentine’s Day, they are offering a prix fixe menu for two that includes sushi, rolls, a bottle of sparkling sake, and strawberry panna cotta for $150 per couple. Read BKLYNER’s review here.
Where: 134 Nevins Street  (between Dean & Bergen Streets)
Reservations: (929) 356-4826 or OpenTable

Brooklyn Heights/DUMBO
Celestine
This new Mediterranean-inspired eatery situated on the DUMBO waterfront boasts beautiful views and an all-star team including Julian Brizzi (Rucola, Grand Army Bar), Noah Bernamoff (Mile End Deli, Grand Army Bar), and Joe Campanale (Fausto). Executive Chef Garett McMahan (Perilla, The Harrison, Bouley) creates seasonal dishes—many prepared on a wood-burning grill and perfect for sharing with your Valentine. Take a look at their four-course Valentine’s Day menu ($85 per person) here.
Where: One John Street (between Pearl & Adam Streets)
Reservations: (718) 522-5356 or info@celestinebk.com

Chez Moi
This charming French bistro has been serving up classics like steak frites, escargot, mussels, crème brûlée, and inventive house cocktails since 2012. They are serving a five-course Valentine’s Day tasting menu for $69 per person.
Where: 135 Atlantic Avenue (between Clinton & Henry Streets)
Reservations: (347) 227-8337

Sociale
This Brooklyn Heights eatery, known for its inviting atmosphere and friendly staff, serves a mix of traditional and contemporary Italian cuisine.
Where: 72 Henry Street (between Orange Street & Pineapple Walk)
Reservations: (687) 990-0397

Carroll Gardens/Red Hook
f.o.b.
This cozy, home-style, Filipino barbecue spot serves knock-out chicken or pork bbq skewers and overnight chicken adobo. Read BKLYNER’s review here.
Where: 271 Smith Street (between Degraw & Sackett Streets)
Reservations: (718) 852-8994

The Good Fork
This “mom and pop” restaurant features an “eclectic globe-trotting menu” with Korean inspired offerings including homemade pork dumplings, steak and egg Korean style, a burger, and house-made kimchi. Check out their four-course Valentine’s Day tasting menu ($80 per person) here.
Where: 391 Van Brunt Street (between Dikeman & Van Dyke Streets)
Reservations: (718) 643-6636

Ditmas Park/Flatbush/Kensington

Purple Yam
Traditional Filipino cuisine with influences from Korea is featured at this Cortelyou Road staple opened by the former owners of Cendrillon in Soho. Past Valentine’s Day menus at Purple Yam have featured dumplings, heritage pork shank, mascarpone and clementine tart with white monkey green tea ice cream, and more.
Where: 1314 Cortelyou Road (between Argyle & Rugby Roads)
Reservations: (718) 940-8188

Werkstatt
Enjoy upscale Austrian favorites served up by chef Thomas Ferlesch. Sit at the bar or cozy up at one of the big tables near the wood-burning stove in the back room. Read BKLYNER’s review here. Note: Cash and AmEx only.
Where: 509 Coney Island Avenue (at Turner Place)
Reservations: 718-284-5800

Fort Greene/ Clinton Hill
Aita
This Clinton Hill eatery offers traditional, rustic Italian fare created with seasonal ingredients from local farms and green markets. Their Valentine’s Day menu features  lobster mushrooms and lobster tail grilled pizza, pappardelle with wild boar, black sea salt chocolate toffee tart, and more. Read BKLYNER’s review here.
Where: 132 Greene Avenue (between Waverly & Clinton Avenues)
Reservations: (718) 576-3584 (though primarily a walk-in restaurant)

Evelina
This new modern trattoria showcases Mediterranean cuisine with strong Italian overtones created by Executive Chef Lanfranco Paliotti (formerly of Daniel and Boulud Sud). See their special Valentine’s Day menu here.
Where: 211 Dekalb Avenue (at Adelphi Street)
Reservations: (929) 298-0209 or resy.com

The Finch
This Michelin star, farm-to-table restaurant serves seasonal American fare in a renovated 120-year-old brownstone. They are offering a Valentine’s Day five-course tasting menu for $125 per person with an optional beverage pairing for $50 per person.
Where: 212 Greene Avenue (between Cambridge Place & Grand Avenue)
Reservations: (718) 218-4444

Gowanus
Black Mountain Wine House
A rustic and cozy wine bar offering over 30 wines by the glass or bottle as well as medium plates including cheese, charcuterie, mac ‘n cheese with gruyere and truffle oil, pork meatballs with a spicy marinara sauce, and more. Read BKLYNER’s review here.
Where: 415 Union Street (between Hoyt & Smith Streets)
No Reservations

Freek’s Mill
This neighborhood eatery serves seasonal American dishes paired with fine wines from the Republic of Georgia. Their Valentine’s Day menu features wood roasted oysters, tuna tartare, steak au poivre, chocolate cake, and more, for $75 per guest.
Where: 285 Nevins Street (between Degraw & Sackett Streets)
Reservations: (718) 852-3000

Greenpoint/Williamsburg
Reynard
The restaurant in Williamsburg’s Wythe Hotel is serving a four-course prix fixe Valentine’s dinner menu including smokey ribeye for two, coq au vin for two, chocolate soufflé, and more for $90 per person.
Where: Wythe Hotel, 80 Wythe Avenue (at N11th Street)
Reservations: 718-460-8004

Selamat Pagi
Founded in 2012 by the team behind Van Leeuwen ice cream, the name of this Greenpoint eatery translates to “good morning” in Indonesian. The menu features local grass fed, sustainable and organic meats, seafood and poultry, organic eggs and produce, and a selection of vegan and vegetarian dishes.
Where: 152 Driggs Avenue (between Humboldt & Russell Streets)
Reservations: (718) 701-4333

Park Slope

Palo Santo
Enjoy Valentine’s Day at the most romantic pan-latin restaurant in Brooklyn! Nestled in a brownstone of Park Slope, Palo Santo hits the spot with candle lit tables and rustic decor. Book your table any time between 5pm to 11pm on February 14th, and indulge in a special three-course prix fixe menu featuring meat, fish, and vegetarian options for $150 per couple, plus an optional wine flight for $25 per person.
Where: 652 Union Street (between 4th & 5th Avenues)
Reservations: (718) 636-6311

Convivium Osteria
Opened in 2000, this warm and inviting restaurant serves traditional Italian cuisine inspired by the Iberian peninsula. With three dining rooms resembling an Italian farmhouse, a bodega in Barcelona, and a romantic wine cellar, the special Valentine’s Day menu includes a variety of pastas along with entrees like oven roasted whole Mediterranean sea bass, rack of lamb in red wine sauce, and tiramisu for $75 (first seating), $90 (second and third seating), and $50 optional wine pairing.
Where: 68 5th Avenue (between Prospect Place & St. Marks Place)
Reservations: (718) 857-1833

Nargis Bar & Grill
Opened by Nargis Café founder and head chef, Boris Bangiyevat, late last year, this 5th Avenue eatery serves delicious, hearty Uzbek cuisine in an elegant and inviting setting. Read BKLYNER’s review here.
Where: 155 5th Avenue (between Douglass & Degraw Streets)
Reservations: (718) 640-7000

Negril BK
Opened in December, Negril BK’s Chef Kingsley John (formerly of Red Rooster Harlem and Daniel) serves innovative Caribbean cuisine. The eatery is taking reservations for Valentine’s Day when they’ll be hosting a romantic dinner paired with a movie. Seatings: 5pm to 7pm and 9pm to 11pm
Where: 256 5th Avenue (between Garfield Place & Carroll Street)
Reservations: (347) 721-3801

Wasan
This understated and intimate restaurant delivers signature and seasonal Japanese dishes created to pair perfectly with sake or wine. The sushi and sashimi shine here along with various ramens, tempuras, teriyakis, and a sirloin steak served on a hot lava stone. Read BKLYNER’s review here.
Where: 440 Bergen Street (between 5th Avenue & Flatbush Avenue)
Reservations: (347) 725-3550

Prospect Heights
Faun
A neighborhood spot featuring two intimate rooms linked by a semi-open kitchen with an 8-seat bar in front and a patio out back. The frequently changing menu offers New American fare with Italian accents. Check out their Valentine’s Day 4-course prix-fixe dinner menu featuring chicken liver ravioli, duck breast, boar foreshank, miso panna cotta, and more, for $95 per guest.
Where: 606 Vanderbilt Avenue (between Prospect Place & St. Marks Avenue)
Reservations: (718) 576-6120

James
A charming neighborhood eatery offering seasonal, sustainable, locally-inspired cuisine that mixes traditional rustic fare with a modern twist. Valentine’s at James features a 3-course prix-fixe menu including seared scallops, dry-aged strip steak, dark chocolate flourless cake, and more, for $95 per guest.
Where: 605 Carlton Avenue (between Prospect Place & St. Marks Avenue)
Reservations: 718.942.4255

Sheepshead Bay

KarVer Bakery & Brasserie

KarVer Bakery & Brasserie
KarVer’s new Culinary Director Chef Francois Payard and Executive Chef Byron Penafiel present a curated four-course pre-fixe menu. There will also be live flamenco guitar by
Jay & Lee, and the eatery will choose (one) party of two, from their reservations (OpenTable), to win a free dinner on Valentine’s Day.
Where: 1809 Emmons Avenue (between Sheepshead Bay Road & E19th Street)
Reservations: (718) 521-2777 or OpenTable

Café Dushanbe
Opened in 2013, this cozy Tajik restaurant serves a variety of soups, salads, and fish dishes but the standouts here are the shashlik barbecue meat skewers, including chicken, lamb, beef, and veal liver.
Where: 1788 Sheepshead Bay Road (at Emmons Avenue)
Reservations: (718) 676-9404

Il Fornetto
This waterfront Italian restaurant is serving up a three-course prix fixe Valentine’s Day menu featuring shrimp cocktail, Oyster Rockefeller, Surf & Turf, a chocolate truffle sampler, and more, for $44.95 per person.
Where: 2902 Emmons Avenue (at E29th Street)
Reservations: 718-332-8494

Rocca Café Lounge
Boasting scenic views of the bay, this Mediterranean restaurant serves up an array of salads, hummus, baba ganoush, kebabs, Kofte (lamb meatballs), along with some Italian options like Caprese, pasta, and chicken parmigiana.
Where: 2712 Emmons Avenue (between 28th & 27th Streets)
Reservations: (718) 769-2525

Windsor Terrace
Le Paddock
A neighborhood staple since 2011, this bistro serves French fare and pizza in a casual, welcoming space. Free range chicken, moules frites, cassoulet, boeuf bourguignon, and vegetarian couscous share the spotlight with pies topped with leeks, gruyere, and bacon (Flammenkuech), or smoked mozzarella, capicola, asparagus, and lemon zest (Greenwood).
Where: 1235 Prospect Ave (between Vanderbilt Street & Reeve Place)
Reservations: (718) 435-0921 or info@lepaddockbrooklyn.com

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