Pie at Steve's Authentic Key Lime Pie
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. On June 1st, the Miami native makes his big comeback on the next pier over, with a sunny kitchen three times the size of his old one. Inside the orange-hued bakery, find his signature graham-cracker-crusted pies, filled with a condensed-milk custard laced with zesty lime juice, plus the Swingle, a tartlet dipped in dark Belgian chocolate. The pies may be the same, but Tarpin will hang a new vintage glass sign etched with the shop’s motto: “Always Freshly Squeezed.” 185 Van Dyke St at Ferris St, Red Hook, Brooklyn (718-858-5333)
Chef-owner Sung Park, who worked under Jean-Georges Vongerichten, helms this modern French restaurant in Williamsburg. The seasonal menu takes inspiration from local produce as well as Park’s Korean heritage and French training. You might start the meal with the chef’s homemade kimchi ($5), grilled baguette topped with artichoke heart and saffron aioli ($11), oyster pancakes with kimchi, scallions and soy-sherry sauce ($13) or duck confit with organic greens and foie gras butter toast ($19). Entrees include Korean beef bourguignon with dates, shiitake mushrooms, horseradish and crushed potatoes ($27), a farro risotto with Swiss chard, mushrooms and white truffle oil ($21) and kimchi bouillabaisse with mussels, pollack, shrimp, scallops, fried tofu and rice gnocchi ($25). For a special occasion, you might want to reserve the seven-course tasting menu ($100)—just make sure to call the restaurant at least three days ahead of time.
Venue says: “We offer a 7 course seasonal chef's tasting menu every day for $100 /pp. Reserve by email to sit along our intimate kitchen counter.”