Dinner and drinks: the basic building blocks for every New York City evening. So why is it so hard to find the perfect spots? Don’t worry, we have your date (or friend) night covered. We picked our favorite eateries in neighborhoods all around the city and paired them with the just-right nearby lounges and bars for after-dinner cocktails.
1. Cobble Hill
F.o.b. stands for fresh off the boat, and that boat has just arrived straight from the tasty shores of the Philippines. Chef Armando Litiatco barbecues Filipino-style chicken skewers on a lava rock grill for an intensely earthy flavor and pairs them with a side of pickled papaya. The trendy ube (purple yam) shake topped with coconut tapioca pearls is also a must. 271 Smith Street
Named after Italian fashion-designer powerhouse Elsa Schiaparelli, this reboot (the original closed in 2014) is back with a vengeance. 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 (don’t worry, everyone does). 136 Atlantic Avenue