In my quest to find nice romantic spots in Gowanus, I found Bar Tano on 3rd Ave. I was struck by the gorgeous tin walls and roof of the place (no, the tiles didn't literally fall and hit my head, but you know what I mean!). I've always loved seeing elegant tin roofs in NY - a sign the building must be about a century old. Of special note: the decorations on the top of my drawing look like little upside-down hearts! Fits the Gowanus Love theme in so many ways.
I talked with Gaston, Bar Tano's general manager, who said 4 years ago Bar Tano was one of only a few venues in Gowanus (a real trail blazer for the area). "Tano" is the nickname of the owner's uncle. The bar has Sicilian-inspired food that's affordable. Take your Valentine there for Salmone Tartare, Bucatini al Pesto, or Zuppa di Pesce. The kitchen is open late, which is awesome. Looks like the bar has a great selection of Italian wines and other spirits. Overall, Bar Tano has an old-world, classy, romantic atmosphere.
Bar Tano: 457 3rd Ave. @ 9th St. Brooklyn NY 11215
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