Must-See Red Hook
by Michael Hsu, 05/07/2014
Photo: Adam Kuban
Red Hook Food Vendors
Red Hook Recreational Area (at Bay and Clinton Streets)
On weekends in spring, summer and fall, Brooklyn becomes a culinary smorgasbord, with an array of gourmet food stands setting up shop in empty lots around the borough. While other spots may have hip, clever names, few are as deliciously authentic as the gathering of Latin American food vendors in the Red Hook Ball Fields. You'll find them there every Saturday and Sunday, late April through October, offering traditional foods from El Salvador, Guatemala, Colombia, Mexico, the Dominican Republic and other locales. Try the pupusas (a substantial corn tortilla filled with cheese, zucchini or other delights), elotes (corn on a stick, slathered with mayo and dusted with chili powder) or tamales. And wash it all down with a sweet drink: horchata, perhaps, or a tamarind or watermelon juice. The assemblage—which has been gathering here in some form since 1974—is a short walk from the nearby Ikea pier (a stop on the free water-taxi service) as well as the Red Hook Pool (one of the largest public pools in the city). Once you have your food, you can sit and watch the soccer game that will no doubt be in progress on the field.