Give International Fusion Fare a Try Before Supporting Local Artists
Beef tongue, anyone? Don’t stop reading yet—Maison Yaki is worth the intrigue. The team that brought us Olmstead is behind this new French/Japanese hot spot. The space is stunning, from an indoor mushroom garden and authentic heated Japanese toilets to the menus which double as chopstick holders. Everything on the menu, including drinks, is less than $9. Yep, you heard that right. This said, portions are very small so you’re not walking out with a small bill. Our advice for a meal at Maison Yaki? Don’t be afraid to try new things. You’ll see items like “tempura frog legs Provencal,” “beef tongue,” and “salmon mimosa tartare.” Order. It. All.
Next, get your art on at Art Cafe + Bar, a funky little spot with a patio, small bites, and cocktails. Devoted to showcasing and nurturing local artists, this bar is all about artistic expression, holistic experience, and all-around good times. At Art Cafe, there are exhibits, poetry readings, film screenings, music, and more. (They even have a garden). Truly, the list goes on. It’s the kind of place where you make real connections with other patrons, but also offers a quiet ambiance for you and your date to engage in actual conversations (a rarity these days). Not to mention, the drinks are well-crafted, too. Ask for the "weird tea," and the bartender will whip you up a spicy, ginger tea that’ll clear out all your senses.
626 Vanderbilt Avenue, Brooklyn
Art Cafe + Bar
884 Pacific St, Brooklyn