06/06/16 12:00pm
Car2go cars go together

car2go cars go 2-gether on Pioneer Street in Red Hook. All photos by Kate Mooney

Every time I find myself in Red Hook, the sleepy, tucked-away neighborhood in Southwestern Brooklyn along the New York City Harbor, I always think the same thing: when was the last time I was down here? Why don’t I come here more often, like, every week?! Part of what makes Red Hook so appealing, gives it that feeling of a preserved, maritime community, inextricably tied to New York history and yet a far cry from what the majority of us associate with the day-to-day of living here, is its remoteness. Inaccessible by train, it’s a schlep to get to; you really need a bike or a car. So when car2go offered free registration to check out the service, we signed right up and planned a day trip. (more…)

10/13/15 10:27am
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Tutu’s doesn’t dance around a value, with an awesome burger and beer combo every weekday. via Facebook

As any food-loving Brooklynite is undoubtedly aware, our borough has no shortage of amazing burgers. But patty prices have gone luxe lately, with prices creeping well into the double digits (and they no longer include sides, what gives?). So, what’s a brokester in need of a burger fix to do?

Luckily, there are still vestiges of the cheap burger days of yore. And they come in the form of a holy union: the burger and beer special! We rounded up the best of the borough’s pint-and-patty specials, so you can get back to enjoying your ground chuck, and get a buzz to boot. (more…)

04/08/15 9:00am


Fort Defiance
365 Van Brunt St. (at Dikeman), Red Hook
(347) 453-6672

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What it is: Fort Defiance is a locally-sourced breakfast, lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch bar and restaurant with a strong New Orleans bent (owner St. John Frizell lived and worked there for many years). It’s a welcoming neighborhood hangout that plenty of non Red Hook locals will make the trek for again and again.

Why we love it: In addition to serving up delicious food and drink every day of the week, the Fort offers nightly specials: Monday-Friday is oyster happy hour from 3-7; Monday is burger night; and Thursdays is all Tiki with “The Sunken Harbor Club,” featuring creative tropical drink specials (Samoan Fog Cutter anyone?) and a Polynesian-inspired food menu. It’s an establishment that equally favors New Orleans and Brooklyn, making it a safe-haven for NOLA expats and Brooklyn diehards alike.

What to order: Choose from a mix of local craft beers, like Sixpoint and Other Half, and New Orleans favorites Abita and Bayou Teche, on tap. Creole red beans on toast is a NOLA-inspired brunch favorite—pair it with perfect brunch cocktails Ramos Gin Fizz or a Bourbon Milk punch. At lunch or dinner, definitely try the lauded chicken liver pate with a Sazerac. And don’t forget the aforementioned Thursday night Sunken Harbor Club, where you can order tiki drinks such as the “Gunga Din,” a g ‘n t with cardamom and a twist.

Regular tip: Fort Defiance is named for Red Hook’s Revolutionary War stronghold where General Washington and his troops shot down British boats in the harbor during the Battle of Brooklyn.

Fort Defiance is a featured bar in the 2015 Cocktail Book, on sale now!

05/17/12 7:29am

Have you heard about this Bon Appétit Brooklyn Grub Crawl (June 1-3)? It’s a weekend-long noshfest at some of the  most hyped restaurants in three Brooklyn ‘hoods that costs a full $550 for a weekend pass, plus a ticketing fee of $26.45 (On Eventbrite?). Join the roving scarfathon and you can sip cocktails at the Clover Club, nibble on crostinis at Frankies, and munch fried chicken at Fort Defiance. And so on. But why so steep? Can any human being possibly eat that much over two and a half days? The simple answer is no, and, it turns out, so is the complicated one.  (more…)