Date Night In Brooklyn
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Bozu, in Williamsburg, is my favorite Japanese restaurant in the borough of Brooklyn. The food and service are both exceptional, and you can have a meal there for $20 a person, or $50 a person and still have an amazing time. I feel like I keep returning to the theme of small plates in my spotlights, but I truly believe they are the ideal "date meal". Sharing several plates of deliciousness is definitely more fun (and sexy) than keeping your food to yourself.
Though I've had luck just walking into this intimate restaurant, I'd make a reservation. This spot can get crowded, especially with couples. Some nights, it seems that everyone has had the same brilliant idea. To start your meal, I'd recommend the Shrimp Kataifi, deep fried jumbo shrimp wrapped in a birds nest-esque cocoon of crunchy noodles. They're divine. Next, I would opt for the Tuna Tartare, a sublime appetizer that has impressed everyone I've ever taken to Bozu. It's hard to go wrong with velvety slivers of tuna paired with equally velvety avocado.
For a less conventional bite, try the tofu salad. I order it every visit. It's a Japanese spin on the classic Caprese salad. The chef combines silken tofu (the texture of cream cheese, for real), avocado, greens, and tomatoes soaked in a basil infused soy sauce. This. Shit. Is. Crazy. Last, but not least, I would go with the "Party Bomb". Sounds fun, right? That's cuz it is. Sushi Bombs are a big part of what makes Bozu special. Unlike your standard Maki roll, sushi bombs are bite sized (if you're Andre the Giant) orbs of sushi rice, topped with raw fish and often a sauce and special ingredient. The McLow bomb, for example, is topped with tuna, avocado, and wasabi cream sauce. It's heaven. If you get thirsty during your meal, I'd recommend any of their drinks with shiso, or their house infused shochu. The grapefruit is a refreshing delight.
Don't drink too much, because a few blocks away lies Good Co., the only bar in New York City that has gotten me excited in what feels like forever. It lies on Hope Street, and is pretty nondescript. The main room is dark and kind of homey. But there's more to this place than you may initially believe. Take a walk to the giant backyard, and realize...yes, that is a vintage bus. And there are people in there drinking, possibly dancing, and having a fantastic time. The dance parties on the weekend are epic - and not just in the bar. On the bus. Last time I had the pleasure of drinking at Good Co., the bus was shaking from the dancing that was going down. This was after the overflow from an art show (including a man dressed like the pope, scantily clad ladies, and a man in a thong in a wolf hat) occupied the bus with drummers. Yes. This is that kind of place. The best part? Two for one drinks until 10pm. Cannot. Be. Beat.
10 Hope Street Brooklyn, NY 11211