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Red Hook dining? [moved from Manhattan]

billyeats Jul 13, 2006 10:32 PM

Wondering about overall opinions of Red Hook spots. I've heard that Alma is good for creative Mexican, but there is a place called 360, looked beautiful and the menu sounded especially nice. Also, a small taco shop called El Huipil got a mention in a recent TimeOut article. Opinions on those and any others?

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    noodles Jul 13, 2006 10:49 PM

    Bistro 360 is fantastic. I have eaten there 7x and am without complaint, which is a big statement from this chowhound. Save a couple small service issues, the food was for the most part immaculate, both in preparation and execution. Wonderful seasonal menu. I did hear that the chef left recently, and I have not been since this happened. I hope they continue to put on the same act. It is a good one. Lido Bar is a cool place to hang out. Fun crowd, great drinks.

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    1. re: noodles
      Bob Martinez Jul 14, 2006 04:25 AM

      I've eaten at 360 three times since one of the chefs left. Just as good as ever.

    2. Hanachan Jul 13, 2006 11:08 PM

      Avoid Pioneer BBQ -- Great drinking location, but not for eating

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        Mark Alberts Jul 24, 2006 07:11 PM

        Agreed, on both counts. Not only is the beer pretty inexpensive to begin with, but during happy hour it's 2-for-1. Plus HH runs all afternoon Saturday and Sunday in addition to the regular weekday early evening hours.

      2. CTownFeedR Jul 14, 2006 02:26 PM

        Welcome to the hood.

        360 is great, definitely try it out. Last time there I had a spectacular warm tongue salad which really blew me away.

        Couple of other suggestions for you:
        - Red Hook Ballfields: Every weekend until the fall, a multitude of Latin food stands set up over on Bay street over by the Red Hook Recreational Area (Ballfields).

        - Defonte Sandwich Shop on Columbia. Nice old school Italian subs. Hot choices are generally better than cold.

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          dippedberry Jul 14, 2006 02:43 PM

          Add in:
          The Good Fork -- new American with Korean influence. A true mom&pop with wife in the kitchen and husband FOH and designer.
          Hope&Anchor -- the mainstay diner in the area
          Tini -- brand new wine bar with small plate accompaniments
          and you mention El Huipil -- cheap filling pretty authentic Mexican (mole is their specialty)

          Also of note:
          Baked -- comfort bakery, with cakes & cookies
          Steve's Key Lime Pie -- their 'factory' is based off the pier on Coffey
          LaNell's -- best bourbon purveyor in the whole city
          Liberty Heights Tap Room -- don't go to eat, go to drink (beer)

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          nadiav Jul 21, 2006 11:47 AM

          Yeah, go to LaNell's for the bourbon and across the street to Good Fork for chow...

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            Claire Jul 21, 2006 12:28 PM

            The cafe at Fairway Market has an outdoor dining are with an amazing view. You can take out anything from the market--the panini is good--and sit outside. It's lovely.

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