Strangeways is an outdoor-only restaurant on Metropolitan Avenue in Williamsburg that looks like it could win a garden design competition show. Along with landscaping, they’re also serious about natural wine at this American spot, so keep it in mind for a casual date with someone who cares about tannins and varietals. Their backyard cheeseburger tastes like it was grilled by someone who sends you holiday cards every year in a good way, but you can also get things like pork cheek vindaloo, clam spaghetti, and a ricotta flatbread. Strangeways has a bunch of covered picnic tables up front that work for small groups, plus there’s a quieter corner in the back with a bunch of two-top tables.
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A&A Bake and Doubles
A&A Bake And Doubles is a Trinidadian counter-service spot, and it’s a Bed-Stuy institution. Stop by for a roti and a couple of doubles.
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Now that the food and the crowd have improved for the better, Hudson Clearwater gets an improved rating, and more frequent Infatuation visits.
Hard Times Christmas Liquors at the Sunset Bar
Hard Times is a small bar in Bushwick where you can eat nachos and ma po chili.
The City Bakery
City Bakery is a bi-level café near Union Square known for its baked goods, hot chocolate, and pricey (but pretty decent) salad bar.
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Sauvage is a place in lower Greenpoint that looks like a French bistro, serves a great burger, and is surprisingly easy to get into.
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