No. 7, 7 Greene Ave. (Fulton St. and Greene Ave.), Fort Greene, (718) 522-6370
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What it is: A European-style watering halle and restaurant with a rotating seasonal food menu and a reliable tap list.
Why we love it: No. 7 is that place you’ll go to because you know what you like but are itching to try new things. Combining old favorites on a drink menu with new eats on the food menu, it’s easily the most reliable date spot in Fort Greene. Somehow combines affordability with a chic atmosphere, and still leaves pretension at the door. If you’re going there stag, you won’t be alone: during the early evening hours, the bar’s just quietly buzzing with pre-show attendees and neighborhood folks. It’s right off the trains, too! Get buzzed and skip-step over to Atlantic Terminal for the night’s activities, or just take any number of the nearby bus lines home for an early night.
What to order: Chelsea Brewing’s Checkered Cab Kolsch with a side of double decker broccoli tacos, which are $4 at happy hour 5pm-7:30pm. Might seem steep for a taco, but they’re mammoth-sized—not to mention a feat of “New American” fusion cuisine. One is just enough, and two’ll fill you right up.
Regular tip: The bar is closed on Mondays. As tempting as it may be to kick off your week with a taco date, don’t get caught suggesting it as a meeting venue; you’ll show up only to find the windows shuttered. (It’s happened to me too many times not to throw the caveat out there.)
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I like this bar, but they really need to do something about the kitchen ventilation. It’s an open setup, and the entire place (bar and restaurant) reeks of cooking oil.
We were finally able to fix the issue with our ventilation. We have a brand new mushroom, hood and fans so we are smelling fresh and lovely again.
Katherine (No. 7)