Red Hook a Destination for Eating, Exploring

red-hook-092612On a nice day, there is nothing more pleasant than poking around Red Hook’s odd corners. A unique mix of seaside village and industrial waterfront, the neighborhood is one we make a point of visiting at least once a year instead of, say, Cape Cod, which is too far away and expensive. New York Times restaurant critic Pete Wells likes it too, and recommends checking it out now that almost all of its eating and drinking venues have reopened post-Sandy:

But for variety, charm, oddity and rugged urban beauty, there is nothing in the city like eating and drinking your way across this Brooklyn neighborhood…Instead of destination dining, Red Hook offers an impressive variety of tastes: dizzying lobster bisque, marshmallows you want to hide from your children, crunchy and spicy Korean pancakes, wines and liqueurs that are fascinatingly far from ordinary, and a potato-and-egg sandwich that should be on the curriculum of every Brooklyn public school…Most impressively, Red Hook is a true community in a city where that notion is becoming more abstract all the time…As New York’s dining scene has come to be dominated by empire builders, Red Hook has stitched together a bunch of little ideas that add up to something big, something that’s become hard to find in other places.

He highlights a dozen food and drink places to try, starting with the food vendors at the Red Hook Ball Fields and ending with Defonte’s Sandwich Shop. What are your picks for a day in Red Hook?
Treasures on Every Block of Red Hook [NY Times]

13 Comment

  • Sorry, but Red Hook does not conjur up images of Cape Cod.

  • daveinbedstuy

    LOL. I have a house on Cape Cod and Red Hook couldn’t be further from it. Is there some beach in Red Hook that even remotely compares to Herring Cove, Long Point or any other place on Cape Cod????

  • daveinbedstuy

    dh is being disingenuous because he likes Provincetown and has been there a few times (NH).

  • The closest Red Hook comes to Cape Cod is perhaps Fall River / New Bedford (around the old textile mills, specifically)…and only if one squints.

  • dash

    Cate didn’t say Red Hook was like Cape Cod. You know what she was saying- cut her a break. Anyway, I would love to see Hope and Anchor get a little love on one of these numerous write-ups about Red Hook. They are truly the heart of the neighborhood and one of the few affordable places around.

  • East New York

    “Most impressively, Red Hook is a true community in a city where that notion is becoming more abstract all the time.”

    **

    Some of the best sentences don’t really say anything, but certainly sound good.

  • The writing of the article was a bit spotty, but the intentions were good: Red Hook has a great vibe, and lots of good food businesses that need some positive support and promotion to fully recover from Sandy.

    I was surprised that they left out Hope and Anchor. It may not be trendy or gourmet, but they are a neighborhood standard that has been there longer than most of the other establishments mentioned.

  • This would have been news 15 years ago.

  • I love Cape Hook and Red Cod; all the same to me if you’re in that line of work. But then again, who’s looking?

  • bryanx

    let’s see… “picks for a day in Red Hook”:

    Egg and bacon on a roll at ‘Red Hook Coffee Shop’. Say “Hi” to Tony, and leave a good tip tor “the Muchacho” sweating away over the grill out back.

    Maybe sometime later, swing by Mark’s Pizza, get a slice. “No I don’t want a fresh slice. Crisp up one of the old ones to near-burnt perfection”. Maybe a regular slice, Maybe a uber-meaty ‘Philly’, or better yet a meaty/cheesy “Lasagna” slice or garlicky Fresh Mozzarella or Grandma’s style.

    Sun going down… stop by Hope and Anchor for a Banh Mi burger, or Stella Dora burger, or a freekin awesome Wolcott burger. Don’t even get me started on yummy ‘wiches.

    near or after midnight: Pulled Pork sandwich at Ice House, or their horribly awesome Cheesy Pete. Gorgeous delights.

    Wait! None of these places are listed on the Nyuuuuu Yorrrk Tiiiiiiiimzzz latest fluff piece?!!!!!!

    Imagine that.

  • What’s missing from the charming NY Times map? How ’bout the fact that it entirely obscures Red Hook Houses, Brooklyn’s largest public housing development? The everyday reality for more than 6,000 residents doesn’t include lobster bisque, specialty liqueurs, artisinal chocolate and Fairway’s olive oil.