Running out of ideas for date night? Looking to take your special someone to someplace special? Try these Journy favorites for romantic ambience and delicious food and drink, ranging from luxurious and fancy to chill and cozy.
Faro is Chef Kevin Adey’s upscale (and very impressive) Italian restaurant in Bushwick, featuring a strictly local-seasonal menu with dishes like sweet pea porridge and Murray Gray strip loin. Chef Adey, who mills his own flour, makes his own bread, and is on a first-name basis with every one of his butchers, farmers, and fishermen, is passionate about his ingredients, and you can taste his passion on every plate. The ambiance in the rustic, 50-seat dining room – where the open kitchen features a wood-burning oven - is casual and laid but romantic at the same time. For a special treat, try the 6-course pasta tasting menu on Friday or Saturday, at the Chef's table, by reservation only, at $85 per person.
Milk & Roses
Milk & Roses is a charming cafe by day and an Italian-influenced eatery by night. The multi-purpose space features a romantic garden, live music, and a cozy library bar with a floor-to-ceiling bookshelf. The food is simple, fresh, and flavorful, so expect dishes like octopus with shaved vegetables, razor clam pasta, sharable main courses, and a caprese salad made with burrata from Murray’s Cheese. Drinks-wise, expect a solid wine list and refreshing cocktails. Cash only.
The menu at Piora (which means "to blossom" in Korean) mixes Chef Christopher Cippolone's Italian sensibilities with the Korean roots of owner Simon Kim. The one-star Michelin restaurant features a menu that's seasonal & veggie-centric, in romantic quarters with a marble bar. Walk-ins are welcome, and the restaurant serves the full menu at the bar - a two-course prix fixe is $55 per person.
Emily is a cozy Clinton Hill pizzeria run by a husband-and-wife team where you’ll not only find one of the best wood-fired Neapolitan-style pizzas in the city, but also one of the best burgers. Hand-mixed dough, New Jersey tomatoes, and hand-made mozzarella are the secret to their wonderful pies, and there are 13 to choose from, including the super-meaty RM3! with pepperoni, sausage, and prosciutto, and the Q, a wonderful pizza bianca with mozzarella, Fontina, Pecorino, and ricotta. The décor is simple, with a curvy wooden bar and a brick oven in the rear, and the vibe is earnest and welcoming.
Shalel Lounge is a dark and intimate hangout; an underground hidden gem with cozy nooks that are ideal for posting up with a stiff drink or glass of wine. While you sip, you can snack on a mix of Mediterranean-style bites, like ground lamb in phyllo dough, spanikopita, and marinated olives. Be sure to check out the romantic, rose petal-filled pool at the back of the lounge.