Honestly, what’s not to love about this gem of a neighborhood? With a nickname like Little SoHo, Cobble Hill promises character and panache on every corner—from trendy shops and hip cafés to historic architecture and brownstones aplenty.
EAT: Filipino Barbecue at F.O.B.
If you didn’t know, F.O.B. is an acronym for fresh off the boat, and that boat has just arrived straight from the tasty shores of the Philippines. Chef Armando Litiatco brings his family-inspired favorites to Brooklyn via chicken skewers (barbecued on a lava rock grill) paired with a side of pickled papaya, and the trendy ube (purple yam) shake topped with coconut tapioca pearls. 271 Smith Street
SHOP: Local, Sustainable, and Eco-Conscious Apparel at Bird
You won’t impress your date with a wardrobe fit for an ugly duckling. Reach swan status with the bold prints and unique designs found in Jen Mankins’s fashion boutique. 220 Smith Street
DRINK: …Well, Everything, at Elsa
The Prohibition-themed bar features a gorgeous vintage Singer sewing machine as a centerpiece, cushy leather banquettes, and swanky marble tables. Order the absinthe-heavy Werewolf Season with a citrus twist and grated cocoa, then see if you can resist snapping a selfie in the mirrored tunnel bathrooms. 136 Atlantic Avenue