Must-See Red Hook
by Michael Hsu, 07/16/2013
Red velvet cake. Courtesy, Baked
359 Van Brunt St., 718-222-0345
Steve's Authentic Key Lime Pies
204 Van Dyke St., 718-858-5333
If you have a sweet tooth, Red Hook has two must-try spots. Baked serves up a dizzying selection of unabashedly decadent desserts: a three-layer malted-milk cake that’s frosted and filled with a whipped milk-chocolate ganache and topped with (what else?) malt balls; bundt cake infused with Coca-Cola; butterscotch tart. And for breakfast there are three blends of house-made granola, which range from sensible (almonds, hazelnuts, cherries) to indulgent (cocoa-dusted oats with chocolate chips). At the other end of the spectrum is Steve's Authentic Key Lime Pies, which, as you may have guessed, serves only one product, and proudly: key lime pies, made with freshly squeezed key lime juice and a graham cracker–crumb crust. The pies are not overly creamy and have the perfect amount of tang—enough to make your mouth pucker. The only decision you have to make here is what size you want. Your choices range from a 3-inch Swingle (a pie on a stick, perfect for one person) to a 10-inch round (provided ungarnished and unscored) that should satisfy you and your seven best friends. Steve's recently moved to a new, larger location about 100 feet down the street from its old spot. It also plans on establishing regular business hours—a first for this small operation. Currently, Steve’s promises fresh pies will be available from Wednesday through Sunday.