Whether you live in Bushwick, or are just exploring the outer boroughs, it is impossible to deny the North Brooklyn neighborhood’s “up-and-coming” charm. The Bush is quickly becoming home to a crop of amazing bars, restaurants, theaters and art galleries –all of which provide marvelous date locations.
But if you’re having trouble narrowing it down, Here are five of the most adventurous, intimate, and fun Bushwick date spots to take present and future baes:
1: Salud Bar (1413 Bushwick Ave)
This industrial oasis serves what can only be described as South American fusion entrees and cheap drinks. The friendly staff and dim lighting create a comfortable atmosphere that will warm your insides almost as much as the awesome sangria. Also, when it’s nice out, the front of the restaurant opens up into an indoor-outdoor patio seating area. Enjoy with a date with a hankering for empanadas.
2: Syndicated (40 Bogart street)
The sacred art of dine-in cinema is not lost on this theatre-turned-restaurant (a… Theatrestaurant, if you will). Syndicated screens movie classics like Pulp Fiction, The Big Lebowski, and Cloudy with a Chance of Meat Balls nearly every night, for as little as $3 a ticket. Combine that with a menu featuring specialty cocktails like the Adult Milkshake and late nite snacks (chicken livers?!), you’ll have the perfect twist on the classic “dinner and a movie” date.
3: Roberta’s (261 Moore Street)
Even if you’ve never been to Bushwick, there’s a pretty good chance you have heard of Roberta’s. What the charming cinder block lean-to lacks in curb appeal, it makes up for in good vibes and better eats. Roberta’s is not just pizza, it’s an experience. Year-round holiday lights and squalid ambiance make this place a magnet for famous customers and a fun time for foodie couples. Of course you have to try one of their marvelous specialty pizzas (hot take: the Bee Sting is the best), and if you just can’t wait until dinner time, Roberta’s offers a fantastic brunch menu, perfect for enjoying with your boo on a lazy Sunday morning. Make sure to call ahead –table space at Roberta’s disappears almost as fast as the pizza.
4: Momo Sushi Shack (43 Bogart Street)
Momo Sushi Shack is a great place to go when you’re feeling adventurous. Whether it’s the Rabbit Taxidermy decorating the walls, or the cafeteria-reminiscent seating, Momo is an all-around good time. As its name suggests, Momo Sushi Shack offers traditional Japanese cuisine, but it is perhaps most famous for its porkbelly and “bomb sushi.” The menu also offers a smattering of gluten-free and vegetarian options. Though Momo is small and easy to miss, don’t pass up the opportunity for a dining experience that is ~quintessentially Bushwick~.
5: The Evergreen (109 Moffat Street)
If there is one word I can use to describe The Evergreen, it is “sexy.” The small, intimate dive provides the three main essentials for a fantastic date: dim lighting, a quiet and cozy atmosphere, and an amazing happy hour with a vast selection of craft beer and cocktails. Whether you’re just getting to know your date, or are just looking to try out a new place with your life partner, enjoying a stiff drink at The Evergreen will make you feel like the star of your own vintage hipster RomCom.