Dumbo is the latest neighborhood in Brooklyn that everyone in Manhattan has on their lips and wants to visit on a date. There’s no surprise here as there have been a plethora of new openings by some of the best restauranteurs from across the world, with big open spaces and incredible views of the city. However, it’s not just the food, and the views that are getting the attention as Dumbo is by far one of the prettiest neighborhoods in New York City.
Cobblestone streets, impressive warehouse buildings, cafes, art galleries, waterfront parks, and history all add to the vibe, and it’s increasing popularity as the best place for a date night. So, here are the top 10 date night picks in Dumbo, Brooklyn.
1. Butler Bakeshop
There’s no better place to start the day in Dumbo than with a solid Aussie style breakfast and coffee. At Butler Bakeshop, you get specialty coffee made with Butler’s own blend of beans, colorful grain bowls, with farm-fresh ingredients and the avo toast. The space is bright and light, tastefully designed in Butler’s signature color palette and includes a stellar view of the Brooklyn Bridge.
2. Vinegar Hill House
A best-of Dumbo list can’t be complete without mentioning the institutional Vinegar Hill House, which is a favorite every year due to its consistently excellent food and one of the best gardens for outdoor dining in New York. The décor can be described as warm and welcoming with a pulled-together chicness, while the menu is American.
3. St. Ann’s Warehouse
St. Ann’s Warehouse is a theatre known for providing eclectic entertainment for over 40 years. On one night, it may be a rock show, and, on another, a cutting-edge piece of theatre; either way, it’s always a great experience in one of the coolest venues in New York. The theatre itself is housed in an old tobacco factory, which is 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.
Perched up on the bar during happy hour at Cecconi’s makes you feel as if you might be on vacation in Milan, with the perfect negroni or aperol spritz, plush leather seating, sexy dim lighting, and white-suited staff. However, a quick reminder comes in the form of a crystal clear view of the Manhattan Bridge made possible with its waterfront location.
5. 1 Hotel
With its unobstructed views of Manhattan and waterfront accessibility, it’s a surprise that it took someone so long to open a rooftop bar in Dumbo. Go to the 11th floor of the 1 Hotel, and you’ll find yourself at Harriet’s an open-aired rooftop bar with unparalleled views of Lower Manhattan and the Brooklyn Bridge, serving bar snacks and craft cocktails. Downstairs you’ll find a cool lobby bar and chic restaurant, The Osprey, serving market-driven modern American food and wine.
6. Gran Electrica
Forget all about the best of Dumbo as Gran Electrica offers some of the best Mexican in New York with an insanely lush outside dining area. They provide a market-driven menu heavy in traditional Mexican street fare and use authentic Mexican cooking techniques to make fresh hand-pressed tortillas crafted with heirloom corn, house-made crema, and queso fresco, along with spicy chorizo made on site.
7. Time Out Market
A newer addition to the Dumbo neighborhood, and first in the US, the globally acclaimed Time Out Market consists of New York’s best, up and coming institutional foodies all under one roof. With its high-end design and plush seating options, it feels more like a restaurant than a market. The food here is the star of the show, while Time Out also offers live music tastings, comedy shows, and more on their rooftop terrace with epic views of Manhattan.
8. Klompching Gallery
Klompching Gallery offers the perfect intermezzo from all the culinary delights and is a contemporary gallery that has earned itself a solid reputation for curating an extraordinary roster of artists and has positioned itself as a go-to for collectors to buy some of the best examples of contemporary photography.
9. Yoga Vida
Yoga Vida is one of New York’s favorite yoga studios and creates a welcoming space. The spacious light-filled studio features 2 yoga studios and offers a variety of classes from heated to candlelit to vinyasa flow. There are floor-to-ceiling windows in both studios with views of the outside world that you get to leave behind for an hour.
Tucked away safely from the crowds under the Manhattan Bridge is a true Dumbo delight with prime waterfront views and a large garden terrace for the warm months. The huge terrace balcony makes for the ultimate date spot, and you can choose to make it a long lunch, fancy dinner, or a casual afternoon vino for the best date night ever.