Best home away from home: Fort Defiance

Booze scribe St. John Frizell has crafted our favorite new hypercaffeinated, liquored-up neighborhood hangout. It's the ideal weekday spot for starving artists and stay-at-home parents to eat, drink and daydream: You can quite happily spend the day in the simple, wood-paneled spot (and many neighborhood denizens do)—moving from Counter Culture coffee in the morning to a top-notch muffuletta midday to a potent cocktail (a sidecar, perhaps?) as the sun begins to set over New York Harbor. Fort Defiance 365 Van Brunt St at Dikeman St, Red Hook, Brooklyn (347-453-6672)