Brooklyn Heights Promenade
Brooklyn Historical Society
Endear yourself to your film-buff date with a visit to this independent movie house, which shows both critically acclaimed mainstream flicks and gems first seen at Film Forum. BHC also holds semiregular screenings of silent films with live accompaniment. Make sure to load up on popcorn drizzled with fresh butter at the concession stand before you head into the theater.
If your prospective partner is wavering at the end of the evening, offer to show them the best view of New York City with a stroll along this esplanade. Marvel at the unparalleled vista of lower Manhattan, the Brooklyn Bridge and the Statue of Liberty—it’s genuinely breathtaking. Begin your stroll at the park’s southern tip near Remsen Street; by the time you reach the end of its ⅓-mile length, you may be ready to stop for some make-out time.
Kings County fans looking to convert their dates should bring them to this institution that highlights everything we love about the borough. Exhibits at the landmark Queen Anne–style building chronicle how Brooklyn was shaped by its notable inhabitants and locations. To immerse yourself even further, pick up a card printed with a free neighborhood walking tour, and saunter through the cobblestoned streets hand in hand. There’s something for architecture aficionados (such as the former St. Ann’s Church, a Gothic masterpiece), literary geeks (the jaunt takes in Truman Capote’s former abode) and every nerd in between.
You may have to wait for a spot at this rustic, brick-walled restaurant. Use the time to sip a beer at the front bar while admiring the lush garden wall, which is composed of fresh herbs and other greenery. Chef Bryan Redmond’s short, seasonal menu features an assortment of delectable small plates.
Located on the ground floor of a handsome red-brick building, this inviting café leans on regional producers, serving items like assorted curds from Saxelby Cheesemongers and pastries that are made in-house. Tuck into sandwiches and salads at lunch, and hearty entrées at dinner. 718-722-7395, iriscafenyc.com