I have a very special event to celebrate with my sig o at the end of december and I really would like to go somewhere special/unique for dinner without being cliche "romantic." We're both in our 20s and are sort of put off by typically romantic type places (IE somewhere with 13 forks and chandeliers is not for us) but I'd really like to make this night special for him. He's a NYC native so he's been to a lot of the "posh" places in the city already, and I'd prefer not to break the bank on something just for names-sake. If we had not already been, Zenkichi in brooklyn would have been a good go-to for something like this (kind of a cool interior, solid food, not stupid expensive.) I was thinking of perhaps someplace with a view, but most of those seem extraordinarily expensive and only have so-so food reviews. I'd like to stay under $150 for both WITHOUT DRINKS (we don't drink) and this doesn't seem totally out of the realm of possibility. Some place small/intimate, hole-in-the-wall, "hidden gem" would be awesome! Any cuisine, we're very adventurous. Any ideas of other types of food-related activities would also be great if they came to mind (cooking classes, tastings, etc...we love trying new food!)
We live in south brooklyn so anywhere in that area (dumbo/downtown/prospect heights/park slope/smith st etc) is also encouraged!
I know this is sort of super vague, but I couldn't even think of what to google and I knew you chowhounders could help!