It may seem odd to kick off the list with a pizza spot, but this place means business. You’ll be greeted with an old-school Italian vibe (think rustic tin ceiling and lots of exposed brick) and the warmth generated from the giant wood-fired pizza oven in the corner. The pies are simultaneously crispy and chewy and the perfect size to order two (or more) so you can sample a variety.
With stunning waterfront views of both the Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan Bridge, plus the city’s skyline, this is the one to book if you want that quintessential, over-the-top date night. (And do be sure to book ahead of time.) But you’re going to pay for it. The fixed price for dinner is $150 per person, though there’s a $180 six-course chef’s signature tasting menu option if you’re a little more adventurous. A wine pairing of $125 is also available.
This Michelan-starred restaurant is the place to go for something unique. They specialize in Oaxacan food (think super authentic Mexican) that is made from locally sourced, organic meats and produce. Because of the way they source their produce, the menu is constantly changing based on seasonality and availability, but expect things like tacos, tostadas, and mole like you’ve never tasted before.
Sunday in Brooklyn
The menu changes with the season, but expect vibrant plates of food that are as visually appealing as they are tasty. You’ll always be able to find a variety of protein options, including fish, chicken, and beef, as well as some sandwiches. Reservations are available in limited quantities, but your best bet is to just show up early to reserve your spot.
Peter Luger Steakhouse
We know, this one is sort of a tourist hotspot, but with more than 125 years of experience, they’ve earned their place as a staple in the Brooklyn culinary scene. The vibe is old fashioned, both due to the decor (dark woods and leather) and the no-nonsense waitstaff. But the steaks are giant and the famous German fried potatoes are deliciously crispy.
So, instead of dealing with the bustle of busy Manhattan, book a Brooklyn restaurant for Valentine’s Day. As you can see, options and variety are plentiful.