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Red Hook Roundup

offManhattan is a cool travel guide-style website for New Yorkers and tourists, promoting a “green” lifestyle.


They just did a rundown of things to do in the neighborhood, and plenty of Red Hook mainstays make the list.

It’s become our favorite quick getaway for local artisan crafts, inexpensive eats, and an unparalleled view of the Statue of Liberty a mere twenty minutes from Manhattan. Read on for our top things to do in Red Hook.

Check out the article for full descriptions of some cool Red Hook spots.

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Fort Defiance Everywhere You Look

Every couple months or so an awesome new restaurant/bar/shop opens in Red Hook and the world goes crazy for it.  A few years back (though still getting plenty of attention today) it was Baked, Lenell’s had its day in the sun before heading to (even more sun I suppose in) Mexico, and now, for the last month or two, it appears that Fort Defiance is all the rage.

Photo from Gothamist

FD is a bar/cafe right on Van Brunt street (“the back” of Red Hook, where most of these chic-y/homey places pop up) that serves tasty-sounding food and interesting, well-received cocktails (required content for every piece on the cafe- they make their own seltzer).   It was seeing the bar pop up twice in today’s New York Times “Winter Drinks Issue” alone (!) that inspired this post.  If that’s not enough to convince you, check out the bar’s press page– see what I mean?

The bright side of having a business take over my “Red Hook” google alert?  Usually means the place has the goods and will be sticking around for a while.  Maybe FD will have to be the next post-event meeting spot for DTE staff & volunteers.

Red Hook Eats in The News

Some entertaining write-ups of some new (and not so new) neighborhood spots popped up on the Google Alert today.  First, Sam Sifton with a “dining brief” on Rocky Sullivan’s lobster nights w/ the Red Hook Lobster Pound.

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Photo: Michael Nagle for The New York Times

…Rocky Sullivan’s bar, now two years out of its original lower Lexington Avenue home, is coming into its Brooklyn own.

While we’re in the gastronomic universe, Time Out New York profiles the new to the nabe Fort Defiance.  Kudos continue to come in for the bar’s signature cocktails. Plus:

The frontier pricing—most drinks are under $10 and the food maxes out in the high teens—helps justify the trek for the rest of us.

Still haven’t made it over to Fort Defiance, but I can attest for the tasty pizza and good vibes at Rocky’s (a favorite spot for post-event wind-downs for DTE staff and volunteers).  Our GM, Liz, had a lobster date planned a while back, but was rained out.  Hopefully when she gets back from Africa (lucky!) she’ll  get us a review.

A Triumphant Return

So we’ve sort of fallen off the map here while the website got a shiny new update.

After you check it out, read this nice little write-up on Fort Defiance, which I didn’t even know had moved into the neighborhood.
And to make up for lost time- apparently no one can get enough of the lobster rolls from the Red Hook Lobster Pound.

We’ll be back before three more weeks pass- promise!