Best date spots: Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Mon Feb 4 2013
Photograph: Virginia Rollison
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Court a gastronome with a dinner at Spotted Pig alum Nate Smith’s charming tavern. Get close to your date in the intimate corner banquette, and pair several of the affordable nibbles—rabbit rillettes with sourdough and fried Maine shrimp have appeared on the rotating menu—with a selection from the list of small-production wines, craft beers and market-driven cocktails.
- 124 Bedford Ave, (at North 10th St)
It’s easy to impress a new beau at this New Orleans–inspired saloon, especially while sitting around the oval, marble-topped bar downing fresh oysters. Try one of the numerous globe-trotting varieties of absinthe, or pick a selection from the smart cocktail list. The Carondolet—a blend of gin, lemon and lime juices, honey, vanilla and sea salt—pairs well with the briny bivalves.
- 298 Bedford Ave, (between Grand and South 1st Sts), 11211
Cinephiles can exchange playful banter as the credits roll at this offbeat film house. Sit on paired seats or at tables, where the two of you can nosh on nouveau concession fare as you take in first-run films and retro flicks. Split a bowl of creatively seasoned popcorn, or order entrées and cocktail specials that are on-theme with the current movie selections.
- 136 Metropolitan Ave, (between Berry St and Wythe Ave), 11249
Mama Spell and DJ Carrie G host this merry, LGBT-friendly karaoke night. It’s free to sing any ditty you choose from the extensive song library, which includes more than 1,000 tunes and spans Katy Perry and Dolly Parton to Kate Bush and Radiohead. If you’re searching for a little extra courage to serenade your date, turn to the bar: Cheap well drinks (cash only) will provide all the liquid fortitude you need. Better yet, grab your darling and get flirty with a duet like “Summer Nights” or “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart.” Tue 10:30pm
- 559 Lorimer St, (between Devoe St and Metropolitan Ave)
At this weekly event, teams battle through six rounds of questions in the hope of scoring a bar tab (first place $75, second $40, third $15). Know your Snooki from your Sookie, and your pop-culture-loving counterpart will swoon. Can’t tell the difference among pierogi, khinkali and kibbe? Let your partner take the lead, and applaud his or her impressive knowledge of minutiae. Wed 7:30pm