Though Red Hook is an often overlooked neighborhood in Brooklyn, it’s full of under-the-radar gems waiting to be explored.
With waterfront spots everywhere you look and some of the best views of the Statue of Liberty, the trip to Red Hook is worth it merely for the gorgeous scenery. But beyond its aesthetics, lies an abundant selection of restaurants, bars and unique experiences to fill an entire day with.
Here are 15 of the most rave-worthy things to in Red Hook, Brooklyn.
1. Red Hook Lobster Pound
Opened in 2009, Red Hook Lobster Pound is a neighborhood staple adored by locals. Their restaurant on wheels, otherwise known as ‘Big Red’ was even crowned the “Best Food Truck in America” by the Daily Meal back in 2013. Fun fact: Red Hook Lobster Pound was one of the first food vendors ever listed at Smorgasburg and Brooklyn Flea.
📍 284 Van Brunt St, Brooklyn
2. AR Hot Bagels
Get em while they’re hot because this neighborhood shop is known to run out post rush!
📍350 Van Brunt St, Brooklyn
3. Brooklyn Crab
Brooklyn Crab is the ultimate hangout destination. Large enough to accommodate big parties, Brooklyn Crab offers a wide variety of seafood options to devour. The spot will officially reopen to the public on February 2, 2023.
📍 24 Reed St, Brooklyn
4. Hometown Bar-B-Que
Hometown Bar-B-Que is no joke! Known as one of the best bbq spots in the city, feast on Southern smoked meat on oak wood drenched in classic bbq sauce. Their counter operates on a first come, first served basis. And yes, they do sellout of their daily offerings so better to go earlier than later.
📍454 Van Brunt St, Brooklyn
5. Red Hook Tavern
Situated right on the waterfront, Red Hook Tavern is a perfect place to enjoy the sunset with some classic American fare to pair. We recommend their burger!
📍 329 Van Brunt St, Brooklyn
6. Steve’s Authentic Key Lime Pie
You can’t make a trip to Red Hook without stopping at the legendary Steve’s Authentic Key Lime Pie for some lip pursing, sweet and tart key lime pie! From 10-inch pies to what is known as the Swingle, a 4-inch key lime pie dipped in chocolate and frozen on a stick, the entire menu is absolutely delectable. Plus, they even have gluten-free options!
📍 185 Van Dyke St, Brooklyn
7. Dolce Brooklyn
For gelato lovers, Dolce Brooklyn is a must-visit spot! Each flavor is made on-site with Hudson Valley award-winning milk, whipped into the most delicious treat—especially on a particularly warm day.
📍 204 Sackett St, Brooklyn
With locations in both Brooklyn and Tokyo, baked is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth. Bite into anything from their gooey brownies or order one of their uniquely flavored cakes such as coca-cola or raspberry lemonade!
📍 359 Van Brunt St, Brooklyn
9. Strong Rope Brewery
This family-run business offers a wide range of local brews, with all ingredients coming from New York State. If you like the space as much as we think you will, you can even join their Mug Club that lets you use a personalized glass mug when visiting the taproom, in addition to free beer and discounts!
📍 574 President St, Brooklyn
10. Fort Defiance
Around the corner from the Fort Defiance General Store is a bar room that’s open for weekend brunch, dinner and drinks.
📍 347 Van Brunt St, Brooklyn
11. The Red Hook Winery
Looking to skip out on the beer? How about wine instead? The Red Hook Winery uses local grapes to produce their selection of wines. Guests can come in for a glass or book a special tasting session.
📍 South Side of Pier, 175 Van Dyke St Pier 41 Suite 325A, Brooklyn
This Brooklyn joint prides itself on being a space for human connection and conversation. The space hosts tons of live music and promises a good time.
📍 253 Conover St, Brooklyn
13. Pioneer Works
This nonprofit cultural center led by artists and scientists is a prized establishment in the neighborhood. Its three floors showcases everything from visual performances to music and more. The museum is expecting an astounding lineup of upcoming exhibitions starting in March, including Aura Rosenburg’s “What Is Psychedelic” and Tim Drum’s “Medusa”.
📍 159 Pioneer St, Brooklyn
14. Louis Valentino Jr. Park & Pier
Previously home to an active shipping industry in the 1600s, Valentino Pier is a historical site perfect for fishing, canoeing and kayaking (with the proper permits)!
📍 Ferris St &, Coffey St, Brooklyn
We had to put this on here… How can you blame us, it’s the last standing Ikea location in all of NYC!!
📍 1 Beard St, Brooklyn