With a recent break from the summer heat, we've had food crawling on the brain. So last weekend, Erin, Alaina, and I took off to Red Hook by bike to hit up some old favorites and check out some new spots in the neighborhood.
Never been to Red Hook? There's a lot more to it than Ikea and Fairway. It's a neighborhood that feels like it's made for lazy summers. Part home to small industry, part seaside town, all tightly knit community, it's home to some pretty special bites and incredible views, both of a shining waterfront and sun-bleached industrial decay (to say nothing of the crusty sailor bars). The eclectic food scene includes killer Latin American food, key lime pie to make a Floridian sing, and some of the best American-style baked treats in the city.
It's also a great place to visit by bike (totally works off the food, right?). The closest subway, the Smith & 9th Street F/G, is a good 15 minute walk from the closest of our stops, and is currently closed for repairs. You can walk everywhere in Red Hook, but distances are a little greater than ideal for foot traffic. Bikes also give you the freedom to visit nearby Carroll Gardens, where you'll find a wealth of other bites worth the trip.
We don't visit Red Hook as often as we'd like, so our crawl was really a chance to wolf down some of our greatest hits of the neighborhood. So if you've never visited, consider this your guide to an afternoon of some very good eats.
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- Pupusas, Fried Plantains, and Elotes at the Red Hook Ball Fields
- Fried Oyster Sandwich at Brooklyn Crab
- Steve's Authentic Key Lime Pie
- Lard Bread at Mazzola Bakery
- Egg Cream and Coffee Soda at Brooklyn Farmacy
Hungry? The local weather forecast for this weekend looks pretty promising, so head on over and follow our crawl.