Shopping in Red Hook, Brooklyn: The best stores and boutiques

Discover the best stores and boutiques for shopping in the Red Hook neighborhood of Brooklyn—including Ikea, Erie Basin, Everbrite Mercantile Company and more.

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There's more to shopping in Red Hook than the only Ikea in the five boroughs. Check out the quirky, unique offerings at home-decor stores, clothing at women's boutiques, jewelry from vintage shops and natural flourishes from gardening stores.

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Chelsea Garden Center

  • Price band: 2/4

Between this spacious Red Hook emporium and its smaller Chelsea locale, this plant purveyor has one of the largest selections of greenery in the city. While you’ll find gardening tools such as glossy clay pots ($20–$200) and small Fiskars hand shovels ($4), the bulk of Chelsea Garden Center’s stock is comprised of lush vegetation. Apartment-friendly picks include low-maintenance cacti ($4–$20) and air plants ($10–$20), although gorgeous orchids ($45) that bloom annually are worth the extra effort. Proud New Yorkers may claim that no city tops Gotham, but few would knock the beauty of L.A.’s palm trees. To get the best of both coasts, make room in your pad for bright green dracaenas ($17–$200) or kentia palms ($225–$350) sourced from Hawaii.

  1. 444 Van Brunt St , at Beard St
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Foxy & Winston

  • Price band: 2/4

You’ll be searching for a reason to send someone one of the large square screen-printed cards ($4–$5 each) that illustrator and owner Jane Buck makes right in the store: Each features charming animal graphics, like a tortoise carrying a cupcake on its shell, with kitschy sayings (cheer up, buttercup). For those occasions when an old-fashioned note alone won’t cut it, there are baby bibs ($16) and little pouches ($6) adorned with the store’s signature menagerie of birds, elephants, rabbits and more.

  1. 392 Van Brunt St, at Dikeman St
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home/made

  • Price band: 2/4

When owners Monica Byrne and Leisah Swenson consolidated their itsy-bitsy lounge, Tini Wine Bar, with its sister home-goods shop, the resulting mash-up became dangerous territory for shopaholics. After downing a glass of pinot grigio ($6), see if you can resist such industrial-looking pieces as a metal-and-reclaimed-wood coffee table ($800) that was handmade by Swenson, an antique medical lamp ($245) and the selection of mercury glass candlesticks ($18–$48) tempting you in the front window display.

  1. 263 Van Brunt St, at Pioneer St, 11231
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Brooklyn Slate Company

  • Price band: 2/4

Parsons grad Kristy Hadeka and graphic designer Sean Tice started selling their countertop slate creations at the Brooklyn Flea (brooklynflea.com) in 2009, and the brand has since been sold in more than 1,000 stores across the U.S. This 850-square-foot showroom and shop is Brooklyn Slate Company’s first permanent location, and features reclaimed-glass shelving and custom-built furniture. The namesake metamorphic rock is sourced from Hadeka’s third-generation family quarry in upstate New York and then ground, sanded and shaped by her brother and father. You’ll find the entire collection, including coasters (four for $22), place mats (two for $39, four for $70) and signature cheese boards ($26–$44) that come with a soapstone pencil so you can distinguish your Brie from your blue. Also nab grub, such as jars of Sqirl jam ($14) and Castleton crackers ($7). Add a wooden knife ($12) carved from maple in Vermont and a jar of Bee Raw honey ($9) to complete your spread.

  1. 305 Van Brunt St, between King and Pioneer Sts, 11231
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Erie Basin

  • Price band: 2/4

Appointed with neoclassical furniture and glossy black floors, 26-year-old artist Russell Whitmore’s first boutique—named after a Brooklyn waterway—transports you back in time via its finely honed collection of 19th-century estate jewelry, table accoutrements and other antique-looking objets. Don’t worry about being overwhelmed: Whitmore pares down what’s on tap to a gorgeous handful of works from the likes of RISD-trained designer Philip Crangi; Paul DeBlassie IV, a former assistant to Ted Muehling with a penchant for organic, sculptural shapes; and Victorian-influenced Belgian native Natalia Brilli—all displayed in wood museum cases. There’s a stunning selection of adornments for less than $200.

  1. 388 Van Brunt St, at Dikeman St
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Metal & Thread

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Step into this cozy store to bolster your Brooklyn pride. Owners Denise Carbonell and Derek Dominy make a concerted effort to support local artisans, stocking their dimly lit shop with handmade items from Red Hook residents—including themselves (her background is in thread and his is in metal, hence the shop’s name). We find ourselves gravitating toward the duo’s goods made from a lightweight fabriclike mesh, such as stainless-steel scarves ($295), delicate teardrop earrings ($135), armor-inspired lace-up bracelets ($185) and collaresque chokers ($95).

  1. 398 Van Brunt St, between Dikeman and Coffey Sts
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Everbrite Mercantile Company

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

When Mollie Dash’s boyfriend urged her to expand her line of handcrafted, reworked vintage jewelry (formerly available only at Greenpoint boutique Old Hollywood’s website), the Brooklyn artist procured a hodgepodge of antique and indie accessories, apparel and knickknacks to fill an airy boutique. Dash describes the decor as an expression of the duo’s “collective design fetishes,” including quirky materials such as pegboards, Styrofoam and duck sauce packets. We’re itching to test our green thumbs by snagging Truss Planters ($48), mini replicas of cement buildings that serve as flower pots. We also wouldn’t mind accessorizing our apartments with conversation-starting accoutrements such as magnets shaped like ninja weapons ($10–$18). And on the apparel front, Queens’ finest can rep their borough with a canary-hued astoria olympic team tee ($14) and Paste T-shirts cleverly screen-printed with a photo of a T-shirt ($34)—how meta!

  1. 351 Van Brunt St, between Dikeman and Wolcott Sts
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Botta di Vino

  • Price band: 2/4

This newly opened wine shop specializes in Italian vino, with more than 400 varietals neatly organized by geographic origin (Central, Northern, Southern) and price (a display features $9, $10 and $11 bottles). But oenophiles will really flip for the store’s boozy paraphernalia, including sculptural silver wine racks ($66–$400), a set of ’60s-style decanters from Italy ($90 each, five for $420), nickel-plated coolers ($200–$400) and eye-catching corkscrews, like ones made of naturally petrified twisted vine ($25). Don’t forget to pop into the backyard sculpture garden, where local blacksmith Anthony Cuonzo displays his metallic works of art (highlights include a ten-foot-tall dinosaur and a circular rendition of our city’s skyline).

  1. 357 Van Brunt St, between Dikeman and Wolcott Sts
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Margaret Palca Bakes

  • Price band: 1/4

The Red Hook baker is known for her rugelach.

  1. 191 Columbia St, at Degraw St
  2. Average dessert: $2. Cash only
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Saipua

  • Price band: 1/4

The family-owned shop has mango-butter bars that soothe kids' skin. Adults in need of a pick-me-up may go for the coffee mint flavor.

  1. 147 Van Dyke St, at Van Brunt St
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Steve's Authentic Key Lime Pie

  • Price band: 2/4

Hurricane Sandy couldn't stop the beloved Red Hook pie shop from making a sweet return to the Brooklyn waterfront. Waist-high flooding ravaged the original factory on Pier 41, putting owner Steve Tarpin and his pastry lieutenants out of commission during their busiest season. The Miami native makes his big comeback on the next pier over, with a sunny kitchen three times the size of his old one. Find his signature graham-cracker-crusted pies—filled with a condensed-milk custard laced with zesty lime juice—and the Swingle—a tartlet dipped in dark Belgian chocolate—inside the tropical-orange-hued bakery. The pies may be the same, but Tarpin will hang a new vintage glass sign etched with the shop’s motto: "Always Freshly Squeezed."

  1. 185 Van Dyke St, at Ferris St, 11231
  2. Average pie: $15. MC, V
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Baked

  • Price band: 1/4

At this snug bakery and café in Red Hook, kids can load up on homestyle American sweets like fruit pies, brownies, cupcakes and red velvet cake. The traditional apple pie is the best we've ever had (sorry, Mom).

  1. 359 Van Brunt St, between Dikeman and Wolcott Sts
  2. Average pastry: $3. AmEx, MC, V
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Fairway

  • Price band: 1/4

Steer your brood to the back of this Red Hook market and you'll find an affordable sandwich shop. Outside, a sublime patio opens onto the New York Harbor—keep an eye out for the Staten Island Ferry in the distance. The kids can feast on gooey grilled cheese, but you should try the $10 lobster roll: It's a perfect tribute to a fine sea view.

  1. 480-500 Van Brunt St, at Reed St
  2. Average meal: $6
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Foundfuture

  • Price band: 2/4

After Hurricane Sandy swept through Red Hook, Shannon Lorraine moved her seven-year-old Soho boutique and showroom to help bring business back to one of her favorite neighborhoods. Located in an old furniture factory, the shop hawks seven unique and ecologically sustainable lines of women’s apparel ($88–$650) and accessories ($28–$525). Take in stellar views of the Statue of Liberty while shopping for enchanting pieces from budding designers, including Pol spotted shift dresses ($198), Lambillotte silk draped pants ($259), Flotsam and Jetsam brass-and-silver jewelry ($60–$420) and local favorite Mi Asunta formable layered necklaces ($172–$230). Also be sure to snag avant-garde digitally printed scarves ($36–$59), created by the winners of e-tailer Front Row Society’s (frontrowsociety.com) monthly online design contest.

  1. 201 Richards St, at Coffey St, 11213
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Ikea Brooklyn

  • Price band: 2/4

We don't need to tell you why moms and dads love Ikea. The Swedish purveyor of pleasingly cheap, unprecious style has the assemble-it-yourself set wrapped up. What we will say is: Head in for a look at the latest. The fresh Stuva storage system, a modular array of bookcases, drawer units, tallboys and toy boxes, features five door colors (including a springy celadon). We're also keen on the recently released Blames high chair—an insta-classic in black with a bright-white tray.

  1. 1 Beard St, at Otsego St
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Motherhood Maternity

  • Price band: 1/4

Most maternity wear needs can be met with a trip to one of Motherhood's several locations. The chain offers garments in every category, from jeans, shorts and dresses to lingerie. Prices are low, a plus for such ephemerally useful items.

  1. Macy's fourth floor, 420 Fulton St
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