Gambas al ajillo at Baoburg
Duck-breast ramen at Baoburg
Baked cod at Baoburg
Ribs at Baoburg
Thai native Suchanan “Bao Bao” Aksornnan (Bar Boulud, the Mercer Kitchen) retools French plates with Asian and Spanish flavors at this 20-stool spot. Off the border-busting menu, choose from dishes like roasted octopus with edamame and chipotle bernaise; baked cod with sushi-rice mushroom risotto; and seared duck ramen with poached daikon and shiitake mushrooms. The trim wine list features nine French and Spanish selections, while cocktails are of the brunch variety (mimosas, Bellinis). Contrasting the fusion fare, the all-American digs are outfitted with mason-jar lights, sunflower-filled vases and a vintage apron. 126 North 6th St between Berry St and Bedford Ave, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718-782-1445)
Giulietta's Cantina Club
This restaurant in the West Village amps up the romance of Italian cuisine with a menu focused on food meant to be shared. Start with a customizable cheese charcuterie board with porchetta, asiago, sopressata, gorgonzola or a whole host of other goodies (one for $7, three for $18 or five for $25). Follow that up with some burrata with grilled tomatoes and pesto ($15), ricotta-stuffed zucchini flowers ($4 per piece) or savory lobster cannoli ($6 per piece). For the pasta course, you might order osso bucco ravioli ($16), risotto with pancetta and peas ($18) or spaghetti pomodoro ($16). There’s even a section of the menu dedicated to “aphrodisiacs,” like roasted oysters or grilled asparagus topped with quail eggs and slivers of black truffle ($16 each). To add to the romantic mood, Giulietta’s also brings in live jazz musicians every Wednesday and hosts a blues brunch every Saturday.
Venue says: “Check out our new summer menu and Join us for Music & Wine Wednesdays featuring local bands!”