Must-See Red Hook
by Michael Hsu, 07/16/2013
The Good Fork. Photo: Joe Buglewicz
The Good Fork
391 Van Brunt St., 718-643-6636
365 Van Brunt St., 347-453-6672
Hope & Anchor
347 Van Brunt St., 718-237-0276
Whether you're a foodie on a mission or you're just looking for a simple, affordable meal, Red Hook has you covered. Rave reviews have made The Good Fork a destination among discerning diners. The restaurant serves traditional market-driven fare with an Asian-inspired twist: farm-raised chicken, for example, comes with a black-bean butter sauce, and sides include kimchi rice and Korean shrimp-scallion pancakes.
A block away, Fort Defiance serves breakfast, lunch and dinner—not to mention a stellar brunch (Dutch pancakes come topped with sweet, marinated berries and lemon ricotta, accompanied by thick-cut bacon) and top-notch cocktails. At dinner you can order everything from small plates (try the incredibly fluffy deviled eggs with fried capers) to proper entrees, like roasted Berkshire pork chops and pan-seared branzino. Walk a block farther, and you'll hit Hope & Anchor, a local favorite. It's the spot for comfort-food classics like fried-shrimp po boys or mac and cheese with homemade breadcrumbs. The extensive burger menu includes nearly 20 options, ranging from traditional ground beef to duck, salmon and tofu. For breakfast, standard fare—as well as a jerk-chicken hash—is offered. There is a popular karaoke party on Friday and Saturday nights.