Neighborhood Highlights

Must-See Red Hook

by Michael Hsu, 05/07/2014

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  • The Good Fork
    391 Van Brunt St., 718-643-6636
    Fort Defiance
    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 and top-notch cocktails. At dinner choose from snacks (try the incredibly fluffy deviled eggs with fried capers), appetizers (like seared scallops) and proper entrees, such as grilled skirt steak and pan-roasted dorade. Walk another block north 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 bread crumbs. The extensive burger menu includes nearly 20 options, ranging from traditional ground beef with all manner of toppings to variations featuring 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, from 9:30pm to 1am.

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