The Saint Austere

New York

If you live in Williamsburg and have been in search of neighborhood bar to make your own, set your sites on Saint Austere. The space is intimate and upscale without being pretentious, and the dim lighting makes it a good spot for a date. The Italian tapas-style food menu features shareable plates like grilled octopus and broccoli rabe as well as larger, housemade pasta dishes. Make sure you order the creamy polenta with spicy sausage -- it’s the signature dish.