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.
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.
Return to Red Hook for movies on the pier
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.
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 >>
The weekend's almost here! Time to start making plans. Here are a few tasty options.
"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 >>
"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.
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 >>
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 >>
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.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Stairs, barbecues, and disaster tourists
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 >>
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.
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 >>
[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 >>
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:
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 >>
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?
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Red Hook Food VendorsThe original food truckersWarm 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 >>
Rebecca MarxThe 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
via Don Ross GroupA 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
clevercupcakes/FlickrAfter 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Robicelli's butterbeer-- a cupcake soaked in butterscotch with butterscotch frosting The newly opened Red Hook Mercado was in full swing this weekend, operating out of an old vacant lot turned lush and green by Liberty Sunset Garden Center's landscaping. There were three food vendors there ... More >>
BlondieandBrownie.comA Soler Dominican pupusa.The Red Hook Ball Fields food vendors kick off their much-anticipated season on May 1, but in the near future, some of them may find a more permanent home in the neighborhood.