Red Hook

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2014

    Why You Should Spend a Day Eating and Drinking in Red Hook

    Red Hook is a gritty looking community filled with warehouses, graffiti, and railroad tracks (though its main stretch of Van Brunt is quite charming) and lacking in the bullshit hype and window dressing that make other neighborhoods of Brooklyn is a trademarked brand. Resilient beyond comprehension, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2014

    Five Restaurants That Opened In NYC This Week

    When one restaurant's doors close, another restaurant's doors open in fast-paced New York City, and every Friday we'll fill you in on what opened up around town this week. This week: Red Hook gets a Thai restaurant, chicken wings hit the Lower East Side in full force, and the Le Bernardin team opens ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2014

    Nobletree Delivers Groundbreaking "Estate" Coffee

    A New York original is set to enter the city's coffee scene. Helmed by a true New Yorker (OK, by way of New Jersey), Nobletree will introduce a new business model, advance the Red Hook revival, and upset the balance of the city's specialty coffee scene.

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2014

    This Week's Five Best Food Events

    Looking to challenge yourself? Check out food trivia, a class on pupusa-making, or a film about what makes specialty coffee so special -- other than your barista. Here are five events on our radar this week.

  • Voice Choices

    July 2, 2014


    Return to Red Hook for movies on the pier

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2014

    Here Are the Five Best Food Events in NYC This Week

    We know summer Mondays are tough to bear, but who says the weekend is the only time you get to have fun? Here are the five best food events taking place in NYC this week -- one involves the abstract art of pretzel twisting.

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2014

    Announcing 10 More Restaurants for Choice Eats

    We still have a few more general admissions tickets available for our Choice Eats tasting event, the party that brings together great restaurants from across all five boroughs for an eating extravaganza. So if you're hoping to join us for the event, which happens on Tuesday, March 25, from 7 to 10 p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2014

    What's Happening This Weekend

    The weekend's almost here! Time to start making plans. Here are a few tasty options.

  • Blogs

    November 21, 2013

    Celebrating Barrels, Mash and "God's Stuff" with Van Brunt Stillhouse (VIDEO)

    "While I love the creativity of telling stories on television," Van Brunt Stillhouse proprietor Daric Schlesselman told us, "one of the things I find frustrating about television is it's so ephemeral. Once you tell a story, it's sort of gone. My hobbies have always been cooking, brewing beer, and gr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2013

    The Spicy Spirit of Red Hook: Jack from Brooklyn's Sorel (VIDEO)

    "If mom's apple pie and dad's liquor cabinet got together and got busy, and you put it in a bottle, you get Sorel." So says Jack Summers, the proprietor of Jack from Brooklyn, a one-man startup on the shores of Red Hook that has one specialty: sorel, a hibiscus liqueur.

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2013

    After Complaints from Red Hook, Contaminated Sludge From Gowanus Canal Will Not Become Glorious Sludge Island

    In ten years or so, the fragrant banks of the Gowanus Canal may smell less like supercharged sewage, while the waters might lose their pus-addled-Ninja-Turtle hue. The Environmental Protection Agency announced their final plans yesterday to clean up the canal, a process that's expected to take aroun ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2013

    Red Hook's Superstar Vendors Are Back This Weekend!

    Sure, it could be a coincidence that the Smith-9th Street station reopened one day before Red Hook's superstar vendors from El Salvador, Mexico, Guatemala, and the DR set up around the ballfields. But I think the universe is conspiring to bring you a perfect sunny afternoon of horchata and tacos in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2013

    Red Hook Welcomes Dry Dock Back to 424 Van Brunt Street

    When Hurricane Sandy lay into Red Hook, my neighborhood liquor store was pummeled. But Dry Dock picked up the pieces, saved the bottles it could, and quickly shuffled over to temporary digs farther up the street.

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2013

    Kevin's Reopens in Red Hook After Sandy, and Clarkson Opens Near Hudson Square

    Red Hook seafood restaurant Kevin's reopened on February 22 after receiving funds from Restore Red Hook and Lucky Ant, a crowdfunding website, Serious Eats reported. Chef Kevin Moore and his team repaired floors, sheetrock, and wainscoting that was ruined from Hurricane Sandy flooding. Red Hook Marb ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2013

    In Pictures: Red Hook's Fairway Reopens Today! Mayor Bloomberg and Miss America Visit

    Fairway's Red Hook location has been closed since Hurricane Sandy thrashed the piers, flooding the waterside grocery store and damaging its internal structure so badly it's taken months to gut and rebuild. To mark the grand reopening today, Mayor Bloomberg paid a visit and spoke to the crowd in th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2013

    Fairway in Red Hook Will Reopen March 1; Small Businesses Rejoice

    After 15-foot waves from Hurricane Sandy destroyed parts of Fairway in Red Hook, the only thing left was an old coffee roaster. But the tourist hub and (seriously super) supermarket will reopen on Van Brunt Street on March 1. The store broke the news on Twitter, and store officials said the restorat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2013

    Listen to Fort Defiance's St. John Frizell Talk about "The Third Place" and Life After Sandy

    St. John Frizell has been through a lot over the past four months. His much-loved Red Hook restaurant, Fort Defiance, was nearly destroyed during Hurricane Sandy. "We got six to eight feet of water in the dining room, and the basement was completely flooded," Frizell said when he spoke with Jesse Sc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2012

    Check Out All Hands on Deck, Red Hook's New Benefit E-Cookbook

    In the months since Hurricane Sandy left some New York-area communities in a state of panic and disaster, no neighborhood has stepped up in a more inspiring and positive way than Red Hook. Today All Hands on Deck, a cookbook containing 25 recipes from Red Hook's restaurants, bars, bakeries, and su ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2012

    Watch a Post-Sandy Video Tour of Red Hook's Fairway Market

    Fairway Market gives a video tour of its store in Red Hook that was hit with 15-foot waves and flooded during Hurricane Sandy. It is in the process of rebuilding. The only thing left in the store is an old coffee roaster, which will be replaced. Andy Zuleta, the general manager, says, "We'll be ba ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2012

    Red Hook Restaurants and Bars Struggle to Reopen After the Storm

    On Sunday afternoon, musicians played Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan songs as they walked down Van Brunt Street, stomping their feet and singing. Usually these guys come with their banjos and harmonicas to Sunny's, the beloved, family-owned bar on Red Hook's waterfront, but it's one of the many places ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2012

    Where to Eat, Donate, and Volunteer for Sandy Relief This Week [Updated]

    Originally published 11/04/12 Your city needs you, reader! The simplest thing you can do to be helpful now, and in the weeks ahead, is to head to places hit by Sandy and eat (and drink!) at the small, independently owned restaurants and bars that have opened again. Your business will help them boun ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2012

    Enduring in Red Hook

    Sadek Abiah pulled up the gate of his Kennedy Fried Chicken at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, determined to serve food to the thousands remaining in a storm-battered Red Hook. But his delivery truck was stuck in traffic, along with every other car today, and wouldn't get here for hours. Never mind. He put on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2012

    In Red Hook Houses, No Power, No Water, and Growing Frustration

    Three days after Hurricane Sandy, residents of the Red Hook Houses are still without electricity and water, and are increasingly angry at the lack of response from city, state, and federal officials. About 100 residents gathered at the flagpole near the center of the projects yesterday to voice the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2012

    Food Distribution Begins in Red Hook

    In Red Hook, most businesses are closed as they clean up damage from severe flooding. But Defonte's, Kennedy Fried Chicken, and Baked, are serving food today, and the bodegas that got their deliveries opened yesterday. And for the thousands of residents without power and water struggling to stay war ... More >>

  • News

    October 31, 2012

    Enduring in Red Hook

    Stairs, barbecues, and disaster tourists

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2012

    Hurricane Sandy: Red Hook Update

    Hurricane Sandy is only beginning to pummel New York, but in low-lying Red Hook, the storm's effects are already evident. As you can see in the picture above, the bottom of Van Brunt Street is submerged, with the water lapping at the sandbagged doors of the Fairway storage warehouse. Around back, t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2012

    Bees Producing Crazy Colorful Honeys: Not Good

    Several colonies of French bees have been producing strange blue and green honeys since August. But the product isn't a delicacy, it's a mystery. The dozen honey producers who have been affected are searching for answers and now suspect a Mars-owned candy factory in Haguenau is responsible.

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2012

    Cute Dog Tastes Biscuits from the Red Hook Lobster Pound

    It's not just me, my dog loves to eat too. She can clean a marrow bone in under five minutes and will eat all the cherry tomatoes from the plant if no one is looking. Her taste is guided simply by what she likes, which is absolutely everything, unfortunately. She sees the beauty in a greasy McDonald ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2012

    "Maggots, Michael. You're Eating Maggots"

    [See More Clips of the Day: Pinoy-Style Milk and Cookies: Polvoron | Farm Porn for the City Dweller | The Science of Drinking (and Peeing)] Remember the trippy maggot scene in The Lost Boys? We hear that during tonight's tomorrow's showing of the film at Red Hook Flicks, the free outdoor film serie ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2012

    Scary Monsters, Super Freaks, Lobster Rolls

    Red Hook Flicks, the free outdoor film series on Red Hook's grassy Valentino Pier, has announced its summer schedule. The theme is Scary Monsters and Super Freaks (yesss!) and new vendors this summer include Pok Pok and Mile End Deli. Here's the lineup:

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2012

    Say Goodbye to Eighty Four on Seventh, Sweet Paradise

    Home/Made in Red Hook was severely damaged in a fire on March 19, and had to temporarily shut down. Red Hook CSA is taking donations to help the owners rebuild the restaurant. [Red Hook CSA] Eighty Four on Seventh has closed after a year and will be replaced by Leyla, a new American restaurant. [Gr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 29, 2012

    Andy Rourke of The Smiths to DJ at Choice Eats; Sixth and Final Group of Participating Restaurants Announced

    Fork in the Road is proud to announce former Smiths bass guitarist and veteran DJ Andy Rourke will be spinning the wheels of steel at this year's Choice Eats tasting event. Which raises the question: Can you pogo while eating?

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2012

    Updated: Choice Eats Announces Additional Participants, Still More Coming Up

    ​Mile End's legendary smoked-meat poutine, with curds and gravy, of course. Choice Eats proudly announces the fourth group of restaurants, bakeries, and other purveyors of delicious foodstuffs to its Tuesday, March 13 festival line-up. Newcomers include: Bep, Brooklyn Brine Co., Fay Da Bake ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2011

    Brooklyn Ice House: For the Cheap in You

    Lauren BloombergRed Hook sliders bourbon​ No, Red Hook is not the most convenient place to trek just for a beer. Mayor Bloomberg: I think they need a subway already, at least to make it easier to get to Ikea. However, if you're looking to spend an hour or two off the grid, nursing a beer, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2011

    Atheists Angry With 'Seven in Heaven' Sign Honoring 9/11 Firefighters

    ​There's a new street sign hanging on Richards Street in Red Hook that honors seven firefighters from Engine 202 and Ladder 101 who were killed in the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The sign says "Seven in Heaven Way," which is causing some controversy, reports the Brooklyn Paper. After all, some peo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2011

    Put on Those Elastic Skorts! The Red Hook Food Vendors Return This Weekend

    Red Hook Food VendorsThe original food truckers​Warm weather is reason enough to celebrate, but adding to the seasonal fun is this weekend's return of the the Red Hook Food Vendors to the Red Hook Ball Fields. Fans of pupusas, arepas, tacos, ceviche and more--it's time to start the party! An ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2011

    Steve's Key Lime Pie Will Bestow Swingles Upon the Brooklyn Flea

    Rebecca Marx​The return of the Red Hook Ball Fields vendors isn't the only reason to brave weekend subway service: this Sunday, the Williamsburg Flea roster will include Steve's Key Lime Pies. According to the Brooklyn Flea blog, the Red Hook bakery, which was doing the single-menu-item thing ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2011

    Fork in the Road's Favorite Lobster Rolls

    Flickr/jshyunWill Maine-style or Connecticut-style triumph?​ Welcome to Tuesday Toasts, our new weekly feature highlighting the Fork in the Road team's favorite versions of popular dishes and favorite spots in the city for a given activity. They might not be the best or the coolest or the ne ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2010

    Fiji Water to Pull Out of Fiji; Bees in Red Hook Caught Red-Bodied

    ​Fiji Water is shutting down its operations on the island due to a tax hike imposed by Fiji's government. The company is owned by billionaire investors Lynda Resnick and Stewart Resnick, who also own POM Wonderful. [Wall Street Journal] Burger King's monthlong "King of the Road" bus tour has ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2010

    Red Hook Lobster Pound Gets Busy This Weekend

    beckendorf/flickrLobster, lobster, everywhere.​The Red Hook Lobster Pound is about to have a pretty big Saturday. First, you can find them at the New New York Street Fair on 3rd Street between Bond and Hoyt in Carroll Gardens, where GreenHomeNYC will be teaching folks how to install and plant ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2010

    Stumptown's Red Hook Coffee Bar Opens Today

    ​Although there are now relatively few places where you can't find Stumptown coffee, true caffeine fanatics will be happy to know that the Portland, Oregon-based roaster has finally opened its Red Hook coffee bar. The Times' T Magazine blog has details and a slide show displaying the bar's tas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2010

    Fat Pants Friday: Baked's Peanut S'mores Bar

    ​ Last weekend, en route to the Red Hook Ballfields, we stopped at Baked and ordered a peanut butter-banana s'mores bar. The bakery was crowded and the lady behind the counter was slightly harried, so instead of the peanut butter-banana thing, we ended up with the almost-identical peanut s'mo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2010

    Red Hook to Get Adorable Old-School Trolleys? Only a $295,000 Transportation Study Will Tell

    via Don Ross Group‚ÄčA five-month study will determine if streetcars will be part of Red Hook's future transportation (rooted in its past). The study aims to find the best option to link Red Hook with surrounding Brooklyn neighborhoods to "support economic development," according to the Department o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2010

    Red Hook Lobster Pound Opens Seating Area

    Have a seat.​No longer will we wander in the desert looking for a place to eat our lobster roll. We told you it was coming, and now it's opened: Just in time for cooler weather, Red Hook Lobster Pound's seating annex is up and running. The simple wooden room holds five homemade picnic tables a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2010

    Food at Dragon Boat Festival in Flushing Meadows Mildly Disappointing

    ​Dragon Boat afloat in Flushing Meadows Pond. I went expecting to find a food scene something like the Red Hook soccer fields or the Labor Day parade in Brooklyn, and indeed there were tents, pavilions, and penants galore at the north end of the lake, like some medieval jousting match. Most o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2010

    Red Hook Lobster Pound Gets a New Dining Area

    More for lobsters to worry aboutAlex Van Buren​ Good news for lobster lovers and cranky Yelpers: Red Hook Lobster Pound, the popular crustacean-slinging shop on the Red Hook waterfront, is expanding its sit-down area by 40 seats in about two weeks. Seating at the Pound, which sells wholesale l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2010

    The Best Cupcake in New York?

    clevercupcakes/Flickr​After conducting an epic search for the best cupcake in the city, Serious Eats has awarded the honor to Baked in Red Hook for its "consistently moist cake, good cake-to-frosting ratio, and interesting flavors that highlighted the title ingredient." Tellingly, behemoths li ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2010

    Tomorrow: Our 10 Best Things to Eat at Locavorish Outdoor Markets

    The Red Hook Lobster Pound's lobster roll sure is pretty, but will it make our 10 best?​The Greenpoint Food Market may have closed in the face of threats from the killjoys at the Health Department, but the summer months are rife with plenty of other markets where vendors hawk painstakingly sou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2010

    Our 10 Best Red Hook Restaurants

    The Washington PostThe dogs of Red Hook await their next tasty meal.​ Red Hook -- along with the Rockaways -- is perhaps the city neighborhood most defined by its proximity to the water. It's been a working port for hundreds of years, its docks curving out into the southern part of the East Ri ... More >>

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    May 20, 2010

    Tomorrow: Our 10 Best Red Hook Restaurants

    Fultummy's chicken cutlet sandwich is awfully tasty, but is it one of Red Hook's best?​Red Hook was named by Dutch settlers for its red clay soil and the way the spit of land juts out into the East River. In 1927, H.P. Lovecraft wrote The Horror at Red Hook, a murder mystery fueled by the auth ... More >>

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