UYC’s Walks: Red Hook

I’ll be honest: after my stint in living in the nether regions of Queens (Jamaica/Hollis, I’m talking to you!), and commuting to work to some pretty crazy far areas of the Bronx and Brooklyn (East New York, you know who you are!), I don’t get out to the outer boroughs for pleasure as much as I probably should.  Call me crazy, but I guess during my free time, I like going anywhere that doesn’t require a 60+ minute commute.

That being said, I think you’ll all high-five me when you hear where this week’s walking tour brings us: Red Hook, Brooklyn!  Now, until this particular tour, I had only been to Red Hook, oh, twice.  Both times included stops at Ikea and the food truck vendors.  This time, however, I paired up with the good folks from UrbanOyster, and they shared some of their favorite stops in the hood.  One quick thing about UrbanOyster: they pride themselves on touring mom and pop shops and stops, so I’m certain this tour will be just as much up your alley as it was mine.



Starting Point

Head downtown to the South Street Seaport, Pier 17, and take the Water Taxi to Red Hook, getting off on the Fairway stop.  It’s about a 10 minute ride, and offers lovely views of the Statue of Liberty, so any tourists reading, take your cameras!

Once off the boat, head left until you reach Steve’s Authentic Key Lime Pie.  You won’t be able to miss the brightly colored picnic tables, adorable Jack Russell, or the delicious aroma of key limes wafting through the air.  The only thing needed to really transport you to Key West is a little Jimmy Buffet music, pina coladas, and a rainstorm.  (Although after Hurricane Sandy, I’m sure the residents of Red Hook have had more than enough “getting caught in the rain!”)



I have to say, I kinda fell in love with the owners’ love story: Steve’s wife said, Years ago, I fell in love with Steve’s pies, and then I fell in love with Steve.”  Pies aside, it doesn’t get much sweeter than that.

Next you’ll head to Cacao Prieto chocolate and whisky factory.  It’s not one of those industrial spaces that just looks like a factory…it is actually a living, breathing, factory…with roosters running around the inner courtyard!  The courtyard that has a tree growing in the middle of it, of course.



Finally, you’ll head to Brooklyn Crab for fried oysters, beer, and mini golf.  Yes, this beachy establishment has mini golf in its own backyard.  I suppose there are advantages to weekend getaways in the outer boroughs after all.



We hope you enjoyed this taste of Red Hook!  For the full “Neighborhood Eats Tour: New York Waterfront“, visit our friends at UrbanOyster.


What are your favorite stops in Red Hook?  Share below!


By: Jessica Tiare Bowen




16 Responses to “UYC’s Walks: Red Hook”
  1. wow.. who knew about these places? well you did and do and a lot more but I didn’t.
    I would love to visit those places.
    talk about FUN!!!
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  2. I don’t know red hook, apart from your photos. But I do love this picture set! It is how I see one part of the US in my head (though I’ve never been there!!!)
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    • Used York City says:

      Yes, Red Hook isn’t typical NY the way a lot of Manhattan is…pretty low buildings, cobblestone streets…reminiscent of some of the south’s quaint towns;-)

  3. Rebecca says:

    I’ll be honest – I’ve never heard of Red Hook before. But it looks like such a quaint place. Love the colours on Steve’s Authentic Key Lime Pie
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  4. Those keylime pies look so delicious!
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  5. Kevin says:

    Thanks for sharing. Did you notice from the last couple of posts that your camera gets the jitters when you take a self portrait? :)
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  6. I’ve never been to Red Hook, but I love finding out about quirky places to visit like these. And that’s a cute pie love story. We all know that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, but I guess the same holds true of us ladies. I know it holds true for me – I married a chef!
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  7. Pamela Morse says:

    I love to water taxi anywhere..his looks like a great tour…locals or tourists would like it.

  8. Maria says:

    Next time I’m in NYC, I’m going to follow these steps. Just bookmarked the page so I won’t forget. :-)
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