Must-See Red Hook
by Michael Hsu, 05/07/2014
Photo: Joe Buglewicz
480-500 Van Brunt St., 718-694-6868
The Brooklyn outpost of this gourmet-grocery-store empire offers something no other Fairways do: amazing views. The outdoor dining area, which is heated and enclosed in the winter, sits right on the water and offers a clear view of the Statue of Liberty and a huge, glorious, uninterrupted swath of harbor and sky. The café inside the store offers breakfast, lunch and dinner; you can take your meal out of the restaurant to an area that is enclosed during wintertime. From Memorial Day to Labor Day weekend, the Fairway Patio Grill serves made-to-order classics with ingredients drawn from the store's aisles, like Murray’s BBQ chicken and baby back ribs marinated in Fairway’s homemade sauce. Or try the clams on the half shell and grilled lobster, both pulled from the seafood counter a hundred feet away. You can even buy your own meats at the butcher, pay for it at the register, and bring it to the grill to have it prepared for you, free of charge. The Patio’s family-friendliness makes it a godsend for parents stocking up for the week. Head over around dusk and leave your partially filled shopping cart near the café, as many others do. Taking a break from shopping to catch the sunset and enjoy a snack is a simple luxury not to be missed.