Red Hook, Brooklyn

Coolstuff Team
October 6, 2023

Red Hook is one of our favorite neighborhoods in New York. It’s full of local places that feel like they could have opened up in the last year or the last century – that’s why we’re here with a guide highlighting the best of both worlds. Read on to see all the reasons why Red Hook is more than IKEA.

Red Hook Tavern


For one of the best burgers in the city. Grab a resy at the bar and grab a beer & a burger for a classic (but elevated) Red Hook dinner.

Fort Defiance 


For a New-American food hot spot serving up brunch, lunch & dinner. Bonus! Fort Defiance also has a fun General Store in the front full of B classics, fresh fruit and veg & coffees to-go.

Hometown BBQ


For our favorite BBQ in NYC. Protip: When you’re standing on line, make sure you grab a drink from the bar so that the waiting doesn’t seem too bad. We love the queso mac & cheese, pulled pork, cornbread and pickles and typically take it all to-go for a picnic by the water.

Steve’s Key Lime Pie


For probably the most iconic Red Hook bite. You’ve seen them in your grocery stores, but nothing beats the real thing of grabbing a mini key lime pie to grab on your way to a walk down the pier. PS - in the summer they do frozen pies dipped in chocolate!

Sunny’s Bar


For a shot & a beer and a trip back in time. We love how Sunny’s transports you to the maritime world of Red Hook. Stop by on a Sunday afternoon to catch the folk jam sessions happening in the back room. It’s also super fun to grab a sammie from the Court Street Grocers annex and bring it over to Sunny’s to enjoy with a bevvy.

Dry Dock Wine + Spirits 


For the neighborhood's natural wine store. Stop by for a bottle (or two) and bring it to the park to sip on with your Hometown BBQ.

Black Flamingo Coffee


For that afternoon pick-me-up after all of the shopping and food. This is a chill & casual coffee spot to load up on caffeine or sit and sip a latte for a while.

Open Invite


For vintage & handmade home goods curated to perfection. Stop by for a gift for your friend that loves hosting, or for a new blanket to update your linen collection.

Thank You Have a Good Day


For one-of-a-kind wearable pieces. Each pair of pants, sweatshirt, shirt is sewn by hand using textiles that are unique and limited in quantity. This shop is a mystical haven in the middle of Brooklyn.

Record Shop 


For a classic, perfectly intentionally tattered record shop that feels like a fixture of the neighborhood. This kooky spot will have a hold on you for hours while you flip through their amazing collection.

Pioneer Works


For gallery exhibitions, performing art showcases and an interactive arts space in the neighborhood. This artist and scientist-led nonprofit cultural center provides artists, musicians, scientists, technologists, community organizers, and educators the resources and platform they need to expand their practices.

Honorable Mentions

San Pedro InnIKEAChelsea Garden CenterCourt Street Grocers

Picnic at Louis Valentino Park and Pier

If it isn’t obvious yet, we love going to Red Hook for amazing food that you can take to-go and bring to the park. We especially love the Louis Valentino Park and Pier where you can get a perfect view of Lady Lib in a tree-shaded picnic spot.