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 River. On cobblestoned streets, new wine shops and cafes rub shoulders with ancient pizza parlors and focaccerias, while the Statue of Liberty casts a severe eye over the proceedings.
While we realize that many people feel that Red Hook ends at Hamilton Avenue, for our purposes, we’re defining the neighborhood by its older boundaries: the entire point, bounded by the water to the west, the BQE to the east, and Degraw Street to the north. That includes what is now sometimes called the Columbia Waterfront District.
In putting together this list, we considered all kinds of eateries, not just traditional restaurants. Forge ahead to find out which spots we picked.
10. IKEA Cafe (Scandinavian) 1 Beard Street, 718-246-4532
9. Baked (Bakery, eclectic) 359 Van Brunt Street, 718-222-0345
8. home/made (American, cafe) 293 Van Brunt Street, 347-223-4135
7. O’Barone (Italian/Northern Italian with Austrian accents) 360 Van Brunt Street, 347-599-2758
6. DeFonte’s Sandwich Shop (Old-fashioned, Italian-American heros) 379 Columbia Street, 718-855-6982
Winners five through one coming right up …
5. Petite Crevette (French, seafood) 144 Union Street, 718-855-2632
4. Ferdinando’s Focacceria (Sicilian) 151 Union Street, 718-855-1545
3. Fort Defiance (Eclectic, New American) 365 Van Brunt Street, 347-453-6672
2. The Good Fork (New American, Korean accents) 391 Van Brunt Street, 718-643-6636
1. Red Hook ballfields (Latin American street food, seasonal) Clinton and Bay streets
Did we miss your favorite Red Hook eatery? Let us know in the comments …