The 8 Best Summertime Dates in Brooklyn

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Eat A Bunch of Shellfish

There are a few ways to do this, and all of them are good. There’s “destination” eating (and full-on meals) at Red Hook Lobster Pound, which does both lobster rolls and a more intense lobster dinner, and Randazzo’s, a Sheepshead Bay classic that’s been drawing people to the neighborhood with their seafood (much of which can and should be ordered fried) since 1960. If you feel like staying in north Brooklyn (or just don’t want to be seen in public trying to use the lobster cracker thing), there’s always the totally legitimate compromise of going to a bar that does oyster happy hour—Maison Premiere, Mazelle, and the Narrows are reliable, mood-lit options. And anyway, after all this time in the glaring sun, you can afford to sit in a dim room with a cocktail for a while.

Red Hook Lobster Pound, 284 Van Brunt St.; Randazzo’s Clam Bar, 2017 Emmons Ave; Maison Premiere, 298 Bedford Ave; The Narrows, 1037 Flushing Ave; Mazelle, 247 Starr St

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