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Nights & Weekends: Nestled on the tiny inlet of a block that marks the convergence of the Greenpoint and Williamsburg neighborhoods, Nights & Weekends has taken an awkward slice of property and created a bustling social center. Using their "island" location as inspiration for a more exotic setting, this open-air café invokes the Caribbean with its breezy design, rum-based punches and Latin musica. While the tatted bartenders may be distinctly North Brooklyn, the small plates—including Fried Shishito Peppers ($8) and Cuban-style rice and beans ($10)—bring a sexier flavor to this punky, industrial hood. Retracting walls not only keep the cozy space from feeling cramped, but also encourage a sidewalk spillover that fosters friendly interaction between patrons (and likely less-friendly interactions with neighbors come nightfall). The din of chatty diners, drive-by truckers and chiming marimbas may be too much for a romantic dinner-for-two, but en route to a less dramatic restaurant, you’d be loco not to stop in and buy a Mi Corazon (Cachaca, coconut puree, lime juice, sugar and spicy peppers, $10) for your amorada.