With its cobblestone streets and Civil War-era warehouses, Red Hook feels like a lifetime away from Manhattan. A day trip (that turns into a night trip!) may have you thinking you’ve left the country. There is something quite tantalizing about this small waterfront community. Cocktails, key lime pie and glorious Statue of Liberty views are just the start!
For the easiest and most comfortable route, catch the water taxi from downtown Manhattan or Brooklyn and take in fantastic views of the approaching waterfront. Turn around and catch those famous bridges up close!
Red Hook, Brooklyn is a mix of activity: annual events like The Red Hook Waterfront Arts Festival, the quirky, floating Waterfront Museum & Showboat Barge, abundant plant and garden nurseries abut warehouses and industrial space while large stores like the waterfront Fairway and IKEA mingle with antique shops like Erie Basin.
Looking for the neighborhood vibe? They’ve got loads.
Thirsty? How about a whiskey tasting? Cacao Prieto has you covered! With their Widow Jane line of whiskey, rye, bourbon and rum to sample next to their Dominican cacao bean chocolates, you will exit a happy lad or lass.
It feels like a trip to the shore at the nautical triple-tiered Brooklyn Crab with mini golf and corn hole in the yard while you wait for a coveted table. Beer and brick-oven pizza abound at Rocky Sullivan’s.
Looking for a grand view of Lady Liberty? Grab a sandwich at Fairway and sit right on the water or on the weekends they have a patio grill cooking up goodies.
Have you tried Sorel yet? It was born right in Red Hook! Stop by the inimitable Jack from Brooklyn‘s distillery for a sample and he just might let you label your own bottle! This Carribean-inspired liquor gets its gorgeous color from the magenta-hued hibiscus flower. Infused with exotic spices like Nigerian ginger, Indonesian nutmeg, clove and cassia, this goes down easy.
A trip to Red Hook must include a stop at Steve’s Authentic Key Lime Pie shop. Plus, they are right on the water and get the most delicious sea breeze while you sample their individual pies. Chocolate covered or bare, you decide.
Named “Roode Hoek” by Dutch settlers of New Amsterdam in 1636, “Hoek” means “point” or “corner” in Dutch. Some of the area’s 11,000 residents call their neighborhood “The Point” today. Either way, the Point or the Hook has some knockout sunsets. And you might even catch a super moon!
Red Hook was hit quite hard by Hurricane Sandy with many of these restaurants and shops damaged. Go ahead and give a little love to these hometown businesses now that they’re running again. They need it!
It isn’t easy getting here. Biking might be the smartest and most efficient way to tour the area. Bring a hat and sunscreen as there aren’t too many shaded spots! If you don’t want to bike or drive, try these options:
Subway: F and G lines at either Carroll Street or Smith–Ninth Streets stations.
Bus: The B61 runs along Van Brunt Street.
The New York Water Taxi runs from the Wall Street Pier 11, Slip A to two stops along the waterfront: Fairway and IKEA.