Come to The Ryerson with a date who you want to impress without looking like you’re trying too hard. This Southern comfort spot has a nice wooden bar and a backyard where you should drink a cocktail, fried chicken, and have a moment of silence for whoever invented string lights.
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Lady’s is big, modern Italian restaurant a few blocks north of the Barclays Center, and it’s great for a last-minute dinner.
The Kent Ale House
The Kent Ale House is a casual bar a block from the water in Williamsburg where you can watch soccer on outdoor TVs.
Joy Cho Pastry
Joy Choy Pastry is an at-home bakery in Clinton Hill run my an ex-Gramercy Tavern chef.
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You can skip the Cajun restaurant on the ground floor of Canary Club on the LES, and head to the jazz club downstairs.
Bayou is a New Orleans-inspired brunch and dinner spot on Staten Island with an outdoor area that looks like it’s always celebrating Mardi Gras.
Chatman J Cakes
Chatman J Cakes is a bakery in the Bronx that specializes in cakes, zucchini bread, and pies with Southern influence.
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Chavela’s serves some very good Mexican food, and it’s also one of the most fun restaurants in Crown Heights for hanging out with a group.
D’Antan is an Italian spot in Crown Heights with more than 100 natural wines available by the glass.
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