Looking for the best restaurant to take a date in Williamsburg? Or, perhaps you and your honey have been together for a while and are looking to celebrate your anniversary. Look no further. With delicious food and gorgeous setting, these ten restaurants are sure to cater to your romantic needs.
Edited by Alison Lowenstein
Voted by Zagat as the best restaurant in Williamsburg, Diner provides an intimate and unique setting for your romantic dinner. The menu is seasonal and always changing. Chef Valle knows exactly what he's doing: There is never a bad choice on this menu. Diner is the absolute perfect place to celebrate an anniversary or special occasion.
Five Leaves, albeit a bit cramped, is a great destination for a laid-back romantic meal. The Five Leaves burger comes complete with a fried egg, a pineapple ring, and a sliced beet on top. If you want something a little more elegant, go for a dozen flash fried oysters and the crispy squash blossoms, or a special entree like rabbit stew or duck. The bartenders here make a mean martini, and there's an interesting list of aperetifs and ports for after dinner.
Marlow & Sons
Marlow & Sons is the sister restaurant to Diner. They sit right next to each other on Broadway and share a kitchen. Similarly, Marlow & Sons' menu is also seasonal, but focuses more on small plates. The old-timey country store at the front combined with the antique-looking bar and intimate seating is totally romantic. Nibble on their famous crostini or fresh oysters with a special cocktail from the bar.
Aurora boasts a lovely interior and beautiful outdoor patio with delicious nouveau-Italian cuisine. The risottos will blow you away, as will the gnocchi, prepared to perfection. The staff will dote on you with excellent wine choices and then leave you be. Aurora's romantic, modern feel is a great place to spend some quality time over a delicious meal.
Fada is a French Bistro with great menu, but their moules frites are the best and most popular dish for dinner. The outdoor garden is especially nice in the spring, and sitting indoors with the windows opening onto the street makes you feel like you could be in Europe. With resasonably priced entrees and wine by the glass, Fada is an elegant, affordable choice for a romantic dinner.
If you and your honey are meat-lovers, El Almacen features Argentinian food that focuses on beef and other traditional dishes. There are several cuts of steak here, and almost all of the plates are meant to serve two people. Top it off with a bottle of red and declare your love.
Le Barricou, a French bistro, is mostly known for its brunch, but its dinner menu is also delicious. Go for the traditional Coq au Vin or the Steak au Poivre with a nice bottle of French red. Or, if you're after moules frites you have five different kinds to choose from. For a really private romantic meal, Le Barricou offers a late night menu starting at 12 a.m. featuring Wild Mushroom Pasta or Scottish Salmon with asparagus and lemon confit. And yes, the five different kinds of moules frites are still available.