77 North 6th Street,
Phone: (718) 388-8985
There’s nothing that adds more to the romance of Valentine’s Day than a sexy atmosphere. While it might be just a restaurant, dining at Zenkichi, a sexy izakaya in Brooklyn, is a Bond-like experience. You’ll happen on a corner with an unmarked building in Williamsburg. Slip inside and down the stairs and suddenly you’re in Japan (well almost). There’s rocks on the floor, bamboo trim, and trickling water in the background to set the mood. Oh, and each booth has a privacy curtains. Every time the server enters they have to ring a bell. Sound sexy? Damn right. Start with a seasonal sake from their impressive selection and an order of the Salmon with its own Roe, Lamb Chop Tataki with ginger onion soy sauce and Sweet Duck Salad with soft egg and baby greens. For dessert, sample the Single Malt Truffle spiked with whiskey, the Japanese kind, of course. You’ll quickly forget you’re still in New York.