Dine at This Chic Latin Spot Before Vintage Arcade Games
Spice up date night at Black Flamingo in Williamsburg. This vintage-chic Latin restaurant is fearless—whether you’re referring to the sporadic pops of color in the restaurant’s design and food or to the unexpectedly bold flavors pouring off the menu. When you walk inside, you’ll be greeted by an unusual but inviting color palette of matching pink trim with black brick walls, blue velvet booths, and brushed brass lighting fixtures lining the bar. Then, once you take a bite into their flaming tacos (with crispy herb mushroom croquette) or the Arepa Bissecta (with grilled seitan and pineapple pico), you’ll see right away that all of Black Flamingo's unique elements work in perfect cohesion. If you want to channel your dark side tonight, order the Evil Ways cocktail—not just for its name, but because it has Mount Gay Black Barrel rum, vida mezcal, pineapple, jalapeño, lime, and cinnamon.
Next, keep that vintage vibe going strong at Barcade. If you are prone to being nostalgic, then you’ll definitely love this place. Classic arcade games line the walls, spilled beer coats the floor, and reminiscence rocks your brain. You and your S.O. can challenge each other to anything from Pac-Man to Street Fighter while sipping back on one of the bar’s many craft beers, including Allagash Curieux, Flagship Kill Van Kolsch, and (potentially a good omen that you might reign supreme tonight) Victory Helles Lager. You can feel good about the night even if you lose to your person because Barcade is all about going green. Everything runs off wind power from local wind farms, the straws are 100% compostable, and nearly the entire building (menus included) was built with recycled materials.
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