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Brooklyn’s 6 Best Valentine’s Day Gifts

February 10, 2014 6:05 AM

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Your dinner reservations are booked. You’ve already got the chocolate. Now, say “I love you” with Brooklyn’s versions of traditional Valentine’s Day gifts. By Jessica Allen.

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(credit: Garrett Ziegler)

(credit: Garrett Ziegler)

Flowers

Sycamore
1118 Cortelyou Road
Brooklyn, NY 11218
(347) 240-5850

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It’s a bar, it’s a florist, it’s Sycamore. This Ditmas Park bar-cum-flower shop lets you sip while you sniff, imbibe while you browse. The bar, focusing on American whiskeys and craft beers, is open seven days a week; the recently renovated flower shop, specializing in flowers by the stem and unique bouquets, is open five days a week, starting February 11. There’s also a year-round garden swaddled in ivy. Check the website for a roster of events, including various tastings (of the booze, not the flora).

(credit: The Clay Pot)

(credit: The Clay Pot)

Jewelry

The Clay Pot
162 Seventh Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11215
(800) 989-3579

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Plenty of places sell jewelry, sure, but few offer the selection at The Clay Pot. Still going strong after more than 40 years, this beloved store in Park Slope is now run by the daughter of the original founders. The ring department represents over 200 designers and artists from throughout the United States, working in a range of materials and styles, and the patient salesfolk let you try on as many as you want.

(credit: Garrett Ziegler)

(credit: Garrett Ziegler)

Chocolate

Mast Brothers
111 North 3rd Street
Brooklyn, NY 11249
(718) 388-2625

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Valentine’s Day means chocolate, and chocolate in Brooklyn means the Mast Brothers. The two bearded siblings carefully, thoughtfully source their ingredients from around the world, producing such flavors as “vanilla and smoke,” “serrano pepper,” and “Stumptown coffee.” What they don’t add are chemicals or fillers or anything that’s unnatural. Their outpost in Williamsburg offers tours, tastings, and bars. Each one is handcrafted and handwrapped, often in paper designed by members of the staff.

(credit: Brooklyn Fox)

(credit: Brooklyn Fox)

Lingerie

Brooklyn Fox
132 North 5th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 599-1555

Two things are particularly great about Brooklyn Fox Lingerie: first, this Williamsburg store describes itself as “like a candy store for your body.” Second, this so-called candy store has something for everyone. Its wares, including bras, pajama sets, bustiers, and hosiery, range in size, meaning that folks of all shapes can find something sexy, or lovely, or captivating, or whatever the situation necessitates. OK, there’s one more thing that we love about this tiny boutique: it’s located in a former girdle factory. True story.

(credit: Red Hook Winery)

(credit: Red Hook Winery)

Wine

Red Hook Winery
Pier 41, 175 - 204 Van Dyke Street
Brooklyn, NY 11231
(347) 689-2432

Founded by three well-known winemakers and distributors, Red Hook Winery likes to “[let] the juice tell the story.” This small winery relies on grapes from about 15 different vineyards in New York State, especially Long Island, and wants its customers to “discover what New York means in liquid form.” There’s red, white, and rose, some as bold and brash as the city itself.

(credit: Garrett Ziegler)

(credit: Garrett Ziegler)

Chocolate Whiskey

Kings County Distillery
Brooklyn Navy Yard, Bldg 121, 63 Flushing Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11205

Although Kings County Distillery has only been around since 2010, it is New York’s oldest functioning distillery. (The New York Farm Distillery law, which legalized distilleries after decades of prohibition, was passed in 2007.) It may yet be a toddler, but its bourbon and moonshine have already won medals in national competitions. This stuff is painstakingly crafted in very small batches by people deeply committed to what they’re doing. And, once a year around February, they commit to doing chocolate whiskey. While not a traditional Valentine’s gift, it is smooth and delicious, and just might become one.

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