My husband and I went to a great restaurant this weekend in Brooklyn, so here's a date night idea for you. It's a Turkish restaurant called, "1001 Nights." It looks like a castle outside and has an interesting ambiance inside.
For those of you familiar with the tale of 1001 Nights, the story is about a Persian king and his new bride. He's shocked to discover that his brother's wife is unfaithful; discovering his own wife's infidelity has been even more flagrant, he has her executed: but in his bitterness and grief decides that all women are the same. The king marries virgins only to execute each one the next morning. Scheherazade offers herself as the next bride and on the night of their marriage, she tells the king a tale, but does not end it. The king, curious about how the story ends, postpones her execution in order to hear the conclusion. The next night, as soon as she finishes the tale, she begins a new one, and the king, eager to hear the conclusion, postpones her execution, for 1,001 nights. In the end, the king pardons his wife and spares her life.
This is the background/backdrop of Arabian Nights. This restaurant is beautiful and romantic and had great food and was reasonably priced. Plus, they even have belly dancing on Fridays at 9:30 and Saturdays at 9:30 and 11:30.
We were on a budget, so we got a number of small things to try. My husband got an entree called Pilaf Chiakhansky ($11) and we split a large Caesar salad ($9) and a pancake appetizer called kutabi ($5 for one). I ordered the mashed potatoes ($3.50) and a chicken shish kabob ($3.50). I got a soda ($4) and my husband got a large stein of a beer called Kostriker for just $6! It was all excellent and this feast was just $49.28, less than $25 per person. For this price, you could see a belly dance show and they also have hooka's (flavored tobacco smoking) and a number of beautiful rooms there. We sat in the outdoor garden with flowers but they have a VIP room and rooms with carpets on the walls, so it's worth exploring.
They have valet parking (if you drive) but you can also take the Q train to Sheepshead Bay and walk a few blocks. Afterwards you can check out Coney Island Amusement Park or walk the beach at night. Just get back on the Q train and take it a few stops to Brighton Beach or Coney Island and walk to the boardwalk. When you're done you can hop back on the Q and go back to Manhattan. The ride back into the city is 45 minutes.
Here is the contact info and a youtube video link for the bellydancing!