One of the coolest things about living in New York City is that with the swipe of a MetroCard, you can immerse yourself in a different culture or neighborhood. An area of New York that’s quickly become one of my favorites to explore is Red Hook, Brooklyn. I spent a day in this quiet neighborhood recently and had the most amazing time. Read on to see some of my favorite spots!
I’ll be honest, getting to Red Hook is a bit of a trek. There’s not a convenient subway or bus from the city but there is a ferry. It’s free on weekends and drops you off at a fairly central location in Red Hook. Plus, you can take in some great views of the Brooklyn Bridge and the Statue of Liberty from the ferry.
After the trek from Manhattan to Red Hook, it was time for a snack. Steve’s Authentic Key Lime Pies serves pies made from real key limes. Steve has been making these pies in Red Hook for 23 years and people visit from all over the world to sample these delicious treats. Their personal sized tarts are the perfect size for snacking.
Just around the corner from Steve’s is the Louis Valentino Jr. Park and Pier. This charming park offers plenty of grass and shady trees to relax under. Be sure to walk along the pier for a great view of the Statue of Liberty and all the sail boats and water taxis floating by.
After taking in the gorgeous lower Manhattan skyline from the park, it was time for a refreshing beverage. Brooklyn Crab is a short walk away and offers three levels of dining, drinking and outdoor games like corn hole and mini golf. It’s got a beachy, laid back feel and is the perfect place to take a break and refuel for the rest of the day.
If you want to check out some local shops and art galleries, head up Van Burnt Street from Brooklyn Crab. You’ll find shops like Pioneer Books, Kentler International Drawing Space, Golden Anvil Sculptures, and Baked, the perfect shop to pop into for a sweet treat or iced coffee.
To work off the day’s snacks, wander over to Van Brunt Stillhouse, a small whiskey distillery that offers refreshing cocktails, whiskey flights, and tours of the facility. My drink pick was the Moongarita, a margarita made from moonshine and it was delicious.
After consuming a couple adult beverages, it was time to act like a kid at Shipwrecked, an amazing indoor mini golf experience. It can be a bit tricky to find Shipwrecked, but once you’re inside you’ll be happy you made the journey. If it’s your first time, be sure to purchase the special tokens for additional special effects and entertainment.
18 holes of mini golf certainly worked up an appetite so it was time to head to my favorite Red Hook spot for dinner: Hometown Bar B Que. Depending on what time you arrive at this popular spot you may have to stand in line for quite a while. However, the wait is definitely worth it. My favorite menu item is the pulled pork paired with the queso mac and cheese.
While this certainly isn’t everything there is to do in Red Hook, it made for a great day outside the city. I’m looking forward to my next trip to Red Hook and can’t wait to continue exploring!