Red Hook/360 Van Brunt
I'm thinking of going here tomorrow night. Is it necessary to make reservations for an early dinner (approx 5:30ish)?
Also, is the Red Hook Fairway in the same area? And is it much different than the one in Manhattan?
Any other foodie and non-foodie places I ought to check out in this area? I once read there are some nice greenhouses but can't remember where those were...does anybody else?
What's the best way to get there from Manhattan? I have access to the A, D, Q,N, R trains.
I just went by on my way to/from Fairway, and they are, indeed, still closed.
Fairway is very similar to the ones in Manhattan, with the addition of a spectacular view of the Statue of Liberty.
Best way to get there (if you are still interested) is the F train to Smith/9th Street (A meets F at Jay ST, D meets F all along 6th Ave, N, Q, R have F transfer point at 34th St)--then either the 77 bus or about a mile walk.
We just tried The Good Fork recently and were surprised at how enjoyable it was. Posters here had been stingy in their approval (often saying that it didn't compete with 360), but, having never eaten at 360, we were impressed.
And of course Red Hook is home to the "Red Hook Ball Fields" (Latin "street food" served on weekend in the park on Bay St. Do a search here for tons of details.)
When I was there I had a "homemade" pasta (fettucine?) with lots of locally grown veggies in it (I remember cherry tomatoes and some edible blossoms.) It was slightly spicy, and I just loved it. The wife had rainbow trout, I think, which was a B+.
(With the appetizers, the situation was reversed - she got something amazing (sorry, can't remember what it was) and I got a scallop dish that was just OK.)
From what I've heard 360 is done.
We had dinner at the Good Fork last winter and enjoyed it. The service was a little lacking but I'd still recommend it.
Also Baked on Van Brunt! I think they close at 7. We love the Coca Cola cake, chocolate sandwich cookies, Chocolate Cloud cookie, PB Krispie bars. We really haven't had anything we didn't care for. Maybe the macaroon but that's it.
We were in the area the other day and visited Chelsea Garden Center (so-so, not very different from the one in the city) and Liberty Sunset (amazing views!)
If you get to LS visit Steve's Key Lime Pies!