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Posted: Dec 31, 2019
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By: Sarah Saxty

DUMBO: Top 10 Date Night Picks

Dumbo is the latest Brooklyn neighborhood every Manhattanite has on their lips, or maybe we should say on their Lyft ride history. And, with a plethora of new openings by some of the best restauranteurs around the world, big open spaces, and incredible views of the city, it’s no surprise. But it’s not just the food and views getting the attention - Dumbo is by far one of New York’s prettiest neighborhoods. Cobblestone streets, impressive warehouse buildings, art galleries, cafes, waterfront parks, and history all add to the vibe - and it’s increasing popularity as a backdrop on Instagram.

01

Butler Bakeshop

95 S 5th Street, Brooklyn

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What better place to start the day in Dumbo than with a solid Aussie style breakfast and coffee. At Butler Bakeshop, you’ll get specialty coffee made with Butler’s very own blend of beans, colorful grain bowls featuring farm-fresh ingredients, and of course, avo toast - but one to rival almost any others we’ve had before with thick-cut bread, topped with fresh radish, seeds, and microgreens. The space is bright and light, tastefully designed in Butler’s signature color palette and includes a stellar view of the Brooklyn Bridge, a common theme you’ll start to recognize in this guide...

02

Vinegar Hill House

72 Hudson Avenue, Brooklyn

Vinegar Hill House

A best-of Dumbo list isn’t complete without a mention of the institutional Vinegar Hill House - a favorite year after year, thanks to consistently excellent food and one of the best gardens for outdoor dining in NY. Warm and welcoming is how you’d best describe the decor, with a pulled-together chicness (lots of wood, cozy cushions and simple florals). The menu is modern American, nothing too fussy, but everything is delicious. Thrillist calls this place, “A hidden gem, 10 years after the fact” and we think that sums it up pretty damn well.

03

St. Ann's Warehouse

45 Water Street, Brooklyn

St. Ann's Warehouse

45 Water Street, Brooklyn

St Ann’s Warehouse is a theater known for providing eclectic entertainment for the past 40 years. On one night, it might be a rock show; on another, a cutting-edge piece of theater - either way, it’s always a great experience in one of the coolest venues in NY. The theater itself is housed inside an old tobacco factory, reimagined by Marvel Architects, who maintained the original and impressive 1860 warehouse exterior, adding a public garden and modern interior that can be configured for a variety of experiences. It's worth a visit for a show, or just a peek inside.

04

Cecconi's

55 Water Street, Brooklyn

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Perched up on the bar during Happy Hour at Cecconi’s makes you feel like you might just be on vacation in Milan, with the perfect negroni or aperol spritz, plush leather seating, sexy dim lighting and white-suited staff. But a quick (and welcome) reminder comes in the form of a crystal clear, almighty view of the Manhattan Bridge, made possible by it’s waterfront location. Happy Hour goes till 7 every weekday and includes a HH food menu with things like their famous meatballs, crispy calamari, marinated warm olives and flatbreads.


05

1 Hotel

60 Furman Street, Brooklyn

1 Hotel

With its waterfront accessibility and unobstructed views of Manhattan, it’s a surprise it took so long for someone to open a rooftop bar in Dumbo. Make your way to the 11th floor of the 1 Hotel and you’ll find yourselves at Harriet’s - an open-aired rooftop bar with unparalleled views of Lower Manhattan and the Brooklyn Bridge, serving craft cocktails and bar snacks. Downstairs, you’ll find a very cool lobby bar, and chic restaurant, The Osprey, serving market-driven modern American food and wine.


06

Gran Electrica

5 Front Street, Brooklyn

Gran Electrica

5 Front Street, Brooklyn

Forget the best of Dumbo, Gran Electrica seriously has some of the best Mexcian (and margs) in New York full stop, not to mention an insanely lush outside dining area. They offer a market-driven menu particularly heavy in traditional Mexican street fare using authentic Mexican cooking techniques to make fresh hand-pressed tortillas crafted with heirloom corn, house-made crema and queso fresco, as well as spicy chorizo made on site. Cocktails include seasonal ingredients, and tequila and mezcal by small-batch and artisan distillers.

07

Time Out Market

55 Water Street, Brooklyn

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A newer addition to the Dumbo neighborhood, and first in the US, the globally acclaimed Time Out Market is a who’s who of New York’s best, up and coming and institutional foodies all under one roof and without the lines.. With its high-end design and plush seating options it feels more like a restaurant than market. While food is 100% the star of this show, Time Out also offers a pretty good event calendar including live music, tastings, comedy shows and more - all on their rooftop terrace with - you guessed it - epic views of Manhattan.


08

Klompching Gallery

89 Water Street, Brooklyn

Klompching Gallery


Providing the perfect intermezzo from all the culinary delights is Klompching Gallery, a contemporary gallery that has earned itself a solid reputation for curating an extraordinary roster of artists and positioning itself as a go-to for collectors to purchase some of the best examples of contemporary photography. Klompching is a small and bright space, showcasing a rotating calendar of talent. Check their website for the latest exhibits.


09

Yoga Vida

Yoga Vida

As one of New York’s favorite yoga studios, Yoga Vida creates a welcoming space and their Dumbo location is no exception. The spacious, light-filled studio features 2 yoga studios and offers a variety of classes from heated to candlelit to vinyasa flow. Both studios have floor to ceiling windows with views of the outside world you get to leave behind for at least an hour, and serve as the backdrop to your practice. Amenities include showers and a steam room. Overall, it's a perfect way to start or end your date day in Dumbo.

10

Celestine 1 John Street, Brooklyn

55 Prospect Street, Brooklyn

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Celestine, tucked safely away from the crowds under the Manhattan Bridge, is a true Dumbo delight with prime waterfront views and a large garden terrace for the warmer months. Former L'Artusi restaurateur Joe Campanale mixes cuisines from Northern Africa, the Mediterranean coastline, and the Middle East, resulting in things like a Lebanese lamb tartare, morel risotto, and an entree of roasted beets with green tahini, goat cheese, watercress and bulgur cake. The huge terrace balcony makes for the ultimate date spot, make it a long lunch, fancy dinner or casual afternoon vino - the choice is yours.

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