Great gastro dates

Want to charm a chowhound this Valentine's Day? Embark on one of these foodie dates to seal the deal.



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  • Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz


    Tacos El Bronco

  • Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz


    Angels 1 Bakery

  • Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz


    Melody Lanes Bowling Alley

Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz


Tacos El Bronco

Cheap thrills in Sunset Park, Brooklyn

Up your street-eats cred by treating your partner to a late-night crawl of authentic Mexican food and dirt-cheap booze.


Tacos El Bronco Start the evening at this food truck at the edge of Sunset Park, where you can share a paper plate of some of the city's best tacos. Savor a griddled corn tortilla stuffed with cilantro, onions and all manner of meats, from steak, tongue and chorizo to al pastor—juicy strips of marinated pork sliced off a massive rotisserie (each $1.50). Fifth Ave at 43rd St, Sunset Park, Brooklyn (718-788-2229)


Angels 1 Bakery Head a few blocks down Fifth Avenue for dessert at this friendly, no-frills Mexican bakery. The former diner is known for its wildly decorated cakes, or bizcochos, but even better bets can be found in the packed display cases. Share yeast doughnuts sparkling with sugar crystals (3 for $1), or a wedge of syrup-soaked, raisin-studded bread pudding ($2) at one of the high-backed booths. 4003 Fifth Ave at 40th St, Sunset Park, Brooklyn (718-431-0001)


Melody Lanes Bowling Alley Even if you aren't up for rolling ten frames—on weeknights a game is $7.25—stop in for a nightcap at this funky alley before boarding the R train home. Take in Melody's '70s time-capsule feel while chatting up quirky barkeep Peter Napolitano, who sports giant sideburns and a red cummerbund. Even the prices are retro: Pitchers of Bud are just $10. 461 37th St at Fifth Ave, Sunset Park, Brooklyn (718-832-2695)

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