With so many streets in New York chock-full of wonderful restaurants, bars and historic attractions, we’re making it easier for you to navigate them all by highlighting the best bits on every block. Here are the top three spots you must check out on Reed Street in Red Hook, Brooklyn.
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If you ask us, the best way to celebrate Red Hook’s maritime history is by gorging on some fresh seafood. There are several great crab and lobster-roll options in the nabe (see Brooklyn Crab). But the area surrounding Reed Street is plentiful with other crowd-favorite cuisines including an excellent barbecue joint serving oak-wood–smoked meats and brisket tacos. Summer is the best time to eat and drink outside at these establishments with breathtaking waterfront views, so get there quick before fall hits.
You’re going to need a Wet-Nap after digging into this spot’s pit-smoked ’cue. Aside from ordering a slab of meat (by the half pound), go ham on sides like mac and cheese, potato salad and coleslaw. 454 Van Brunt St (347-294-4644, hometownbarbque.com)
This crab shack is more than a place to get your seafood fix. At the outdoor watering hole, sip warm-weather drinks like strawberry margaritas and Montauk Watermelon Ale while playing minigolf and taking in a primo view of New York Harbor. 24 Reed St (718-643-2722, brooklyncrab.com)
Get a sense of New York’s maritime background aboard this historic vessel, currently showing “New York Harbor Scenes,” a collection of oil paintings by Bill Mensching. 290 Conover St (718-624-4719, waterfrontmuseum.org)