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Looking for somewhere different to take your lady or man on Valentine’s Day? Get cozy at one of these romantic hot spots in Brooklyn:

The River Café, 1 Water Street, (718) 522-5200

The mother of all romantic Brooklyn restaurants, Dumbo’s River Café sits beneath the Brooklyn Bridge, offering what may be the best views in (and of) the city. Take in the stunning Manhattan skyline as piano music plays in the background. An elegant menu boasts classic dishes like wild rock lobster and sautéed Hudson Valley Foie Gras, rounding out the experience.

Zenkichi, 77 North 6th Street, (718) 388-8985

This Japanese eatery in Williamsburg promises to provide “an authentic dining experience of popular Tokyo establishments.” What does that mean? Dine here and you’ll be able to enjoy delicious, shareable small plates and private seating in a beautifully-decorated space. While you can summon your waitress with the push of a button (located in your private booth), there’s plenty of opportunity for you and your date to get close without anyone watching.

Palo Santo, 652 Union Street, (718) 636-6311

Blink and you’ll miss this Park Slope gem. Located in the bottom floor of a tucked-away Row House, Palo Santo is an intimate, candlelit spot that’s perfect for date night. Sit at the bar, which overlooks a tiny open kitchen, and order the tasting menu with wine pairings for an unforgettable meal. Chef Jacques Gautier dishes out Latin American-inspired dishes that are as rewarding as the restaurant’s atmosphere.

Convivium Osteria, 68 5th Avenue, (718) 857-1833

Enter this romantic, rustic restaurant, and you’ll instantly be transported to the Mediterranean: feast on to-die-for dishes like braised Berkshire pork baby back ribs and roasted pine nut crusted rack of lamb while sipping vino from an extensive, award-winning wine list. Soft lighting and candles illuminate a space that’s warm and intimate. If at all possible, sit in the brick-walled wine cellar.

Alma, 187 Columbia Street, (718) 643-5400

While the food at Alma (standard Mexican fare like enchilada platters and poblano rellenos) is perfectly fine, it’s the one-in-a-million view from the restaurant’s rooftop that makes it a romantic hotspot. Order a pitcher of homemade sangria, and cozy up to your date as you look out upon the breathtaking Manhattan skyline from the restaurant’s terrace.

For more romantic Brooklyn restaurants, read the article by Kristen Goode, former About.com Guide:  http://brooklyn.about.com/od/fooddrink/tp/Romantic_Restaurants.htm