Red Hook: The best of the Brooklyn neighborhood

Find the best restaurants, bars, attractions and things to do in the waterfront neighborhood of Red Hook in Brooklyn.

0

Comments

Add +

  • Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz

    Red Hook guide: Best of the Brooklyn neighborhood

    Cocktail bar Botanica in Red Hook

  • Photograph: Beth Levendis

    Red Hook guide: Best of the Brooklyn neighborhood

    Louis J. Valentino Jr. Park and Pier offers great views of the Statue of Liberty and free kayaking sessions in the summer.

  • Louis J. Valentino Jr. Park and Pier

  • Photograph: Lizz Kuehl

    The semioutdoor tented dining room in the back of Pok Pok Ny, is the most atmospheric spot in the restaurant to try chef Andy Ricker's superlative Thai fare. 

  • Photograph: Bill Kelly

    Red Hook guide: Best of the Brooklyn neighborhood

    Red Hook Park during a SummerStage concert

     

     

  • Photograph: Beth Levendis

    Red Hook guide: Best of the Brooklyn neighborhood

    Make sure to drop in to Fort Defiance, the cocktails rank among the best in the borough.

  • Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz

    Red Hook guide: Best of the Brooklyn neighborhood

    Sunny's Bar, you can't miss it, just look for this car

  • Photograph: Jeffrey Gurwin

    Red Hook guide: Best of the Brooklyn neighborhood

    If the weather's nice, take a drink up to Rocky Sullivan's roof deck.

  • Red Hook guide: Best of the Brooklyn neighborhood

    The Red Hook Pool, you weren't thinking of cooling off in the East River or Gowanus Bay were you?

  • Photograph: Sean Ellingson

    Red Hook guide: Best of the Brooklyn neighborhood

    IKEA Brooklyn, it's why the majority of people come to Red Hook, but escape the labyrinth of reasonably-priced goods and a charming neighborhood awaits.

  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

    Red Hook guide: Best of the Brooklyn neighborhood

    The Brooklyn Crab seafood shack in Red Hook offers views of the bay and games of mini golf and cornhole in its backyard.

  • Red Hook guide: Best of the Brooklyn neighborhood

    The Waterfront Museum and Showboat Barge hosts art exhibits, readings, and music, theater and dance performances.

Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz

Red Hook guide: Best of the Brooklyn neighborhood

Cocktail bar Botanica in Red Hook


To the southwest of Carroll Gardens, beyond the BQE, the formerly rough-and-tumble industrial locale of Red Hook remains a secluded neighborhood, thanks to the lack of subway stops, which makes it perfect for a day out exploring.

RECOMMENDED: Full coverage of things to do in Brooklyn


Despite the arrival of gourmet mega-grocer Fairway and Swedish furniture superstore Ikea, the area is still home to smaller, artisanal businesses and factories, like the Sixpoint brewery. Its time-warp charm is still evident, and its decaying piers make a moody backdrop for massive cranes, empty warehouses and trucks clattering over cobblestone streets.

Red Hook suffered badly during Hurricane Sandy, with buildings flooded out and residents without electricity for weeks on end. Most businesses have reopened by now, although the community is still feeling lingering effects.

To find out more about things to do, see, eat and drink in Brooklyn and discover other neighborhoods in the area, visit our Brooklyn borough guide.

Map of Red Hook and travel information

The waterfront neighborhood of Red Hook in Brooklyn runs south west of Hamilton Avenue (which follows the BQE) between the East River and Gowanus Bay. It borders the neighborhoods of Carroll Gardens, Gowanus and Cobble Hill. Public transport options are limited, with the nearest subway stop being Smith-9th Streets—requiring either a 30-minute stroll into the nabe or a transfer to the B61 bus. Your other options are taking the New York Water Taxi or cycling, the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway connects Red Hook, Dumbo, Brooklyn Heights and Williamsburg via (mostly) protected bike lanes along the East River.

Read more

Restaurants in Red Hook

Pok Pok Ny

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Critics choice
  1. 117 Columbia St, at Kane St
More info

Red Hook Lobster Pound

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice
  1. 284 Van Brunt St, between Verona St and Visitation Pl
More info

Red Hook Ball Fields

  • Critics choice
  1. Clinton St, at Bay St
More info

Defonte’s

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice
  1. 379 Columbia St, at Luquer St
More info
See more restaurants in Red Hook

Bars in Red Hook

Sunny’s

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice
  1. 253 Conover St, between Beard and Reed Sts
More info

Fort Defiance

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice
  1. 365 Van Brunt St, at Dikeman St, 11231
More info

Brooklyn Botanica

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice
  1. 220 Conover St, at Coffey St
More info

Rocky Sullivan’s

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice
  1. 34 Van Dyke St, at Dwight St
More info
See more bars in Red Hook

Attractions in Red Hook

Louis J. Valentino Jr. Park and Pier

  • Free

Take in spectacular views of the Statue of Liberty and in the summer enjoy a free kayaking session courtesy of the Red Hook Boaters

  1. Coffey St, (at Ferris St)
More info

Red Hook Park

  • Free

The Parks Department presents SummerStage shows here.

  1. Bay St, (between Clinton and Henry Sts)
More info

Red Hook Pool

  • Free

One of the city’s massive WPA-era projects offers lap hours on weekdays.

  1. 155 Bay St, (between Clinton and Henry Sts), 11232
More info

Waterfront Museum and Showboat Barge

  • Price band: 1/4

Hop on board one of the last surviving railway barges in the country for art exhibits, readings, and music, theater and dance performances.

  1. 290 Conover St, (at Pier 44)
More info

Shopping in Red Hook

Foxy & Winston

  • Price band: 2/4
  1. 392 Van Brunt St, at Dikeman St
More info

Chelsea Garden Center

  • Price band: 2/4
  1. 444 Van Brunt St , at Beard St
More info

Everbrite Mercantile Company

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice
  1. 351 Van Brunt St, between Dikeman and Wolcott Sts
More info

Erie Basin

  • Price band: 2/4
  1. 388 Van Brunt St, at Dikeman St
More info
See more of the best stores in Red Hook


Users say

0 comments