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Oct 2, 2009 04:31 AM

Moving to Red Hook... what are your faves?

Moving to Red Hook Nov. 1. I would love to know your favorite go-to day to day places. Obviously, there is Fairway for grocery shopping and I like Hope & Anchor for diner stuff.... but where else is good for casual lunches, dinners with friends, best coffee (Baked?), sandwiches, pizza delivery etc? Any decent chinese or thai takeout?

Any info on food stuffs would be much appreciated. TIA

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  1. I love Baked. Great desserts and coffee. Fairway also has great desserts and a coffee bar.

    359 Van Brunt St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

    Fairway Market
    480 Van Brunt St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

    1. I'm surprised you have not gotten more responses! I don't have too much to add, unfortunately. I second Baked - I have really liked everything I have had from there. I like Defonte's on Columbia for sandwiches. The eggplant and red peppers one is my favorite. I have not tried that new-ish pizza place - Anselmo's maybe? - on Van Brunt but heard it is good. Neighbors loved dinner at the Good Fork, also on Van Brunt. I live in Carroll Gardens, so I don't think I can help on delivery options. Good luck!

      Defonte's Sandwich Shop
      379 Columbia St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

      The Good Fork
      391 Van Brunt St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

      1. You're moving into revived Red Hook at a good time in history. Five years ago, it was slim pickens, Hope and Anchor and the venerable Sunny's Bar, Liberty Ale House, that was about it.
        Now you have Baked, The Good Fork, Kevin's, Defonte's, Anselmo's, A Barone, Fairway (thank God they have a presence in RH). You really must check out Sunny's, it's legendary. For Thai and sushi, you have to go north up Columbia St. towards Brooklyn Heights, but it's not far. Columbia St. has lots of restaurant choices, as well. There's also lots of art happenings in RH.
        Then, of course, are the ball fields, search CH for many posts about them.
        Happy new neighborhood!

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        1. re: bushwickgirl

          Not that I disagree, but Red Hook had 360, Lillie's and LeNell's( ... hey, I drink as well as eat) 5 years ago and their loss is hard to replace. Defonte's has always been there and isnt an addition.

          However, in addition to bushwickgirl's list, I'd add Botanica (havent been there yet, but it looks very nice) and Fort Defiance (I have been there and it's worth going to both drink and eat). Liberty Tap is now Rocky Sullivan's, a transplanted Manhattan place that I keep meaning to try, as it looks very inviting. And, of course, Bait and Tackle, where Bourdain has filmed and, therefore, what could be bad?

          1. re: Steve R

            Didn't mean to imply that Defonte's is an addition, it's apparently been around since 1922 (according to the website).
            It's a shame about 360 and certainly LeNell's.

            1. re: Steve R

              I am addicted to the Fort Defiance muffaletta. Also counter culture coffee (its not just a bar - got a nice neighborhood vibe).

              1. re: BillyBob

                Something new is in the old 360 spot, but I haven't had the chance to check it out. Any reports?

                Fave spots: Good Fork, Ft. Defiance, H&A for karaoke, Sunny's of course. Used to love El Huipil, not sure if its replacement is up to the task. Hope so.

                  1. re: HankyT

                    That would be O Barone, haven't been either but I did see some favorable posts on CH somewhere.

                    360 Van Brunt Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231

            2. Kevin's is excellent for brunch. Fort Defiance has some pretty tasty sandwiches. Had an awesome dinner at Good Fork a while back. You've got some good pickings in RH!

              Does anyone know if Tini wine bar is still around? I know they moved out of their old location (which had been near LeNell's) and were going to set up elsewhere, but I don't know if that ever came to pass.

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              1. re: missmodular

                Tini is now called Home/Made, a block up the road. Still as good as ever.
                Adding to the list, the IceHouse has pretty great pulled pork sandwiches ($3), homemade beef jerky, cheap beers, and a pleasant outdoor area.

              2. Great! Thanks everyone. Can't wait to move over there in 2 weeks. Coming from WB, it will be quite a refreshing change I think.