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Hot Street: Van Brunt in Red Hook, Brooklyn

Last fall, long stretches of Van Brunt Street, like many others in its low-lying waterfront neighborhood of Red Hook, were flooded out completely — devastated by Hurricane Sandy. But almost a year later, Van Brunt is back in business, with many food shops back to their old hours, and other restaurants landing on the street for the first time. Here are six to check out.


Hot Street: Van Brunt St

Hot Street: Van Brunt St

Red Hook Lobster Pound
Picnic tables, fresh lobster rolls, Cape Cod potato chips. Though not quite on the waterfront, Red Hook Lobster Pound will still remind you of a weekend at the beach. (And Red Hook is a lot closer than Connecticut or Maine.) 284 Van Brunt St., Brooklyn, 718-858-7650,

It’s been a long road for Home/Made’s Monica Byrne and Leisah Swenson, who suffered extensive damage during Sandy and only recently reopened on weekends. But we are happy to see them, their killer brunches and their grilled pizzas back in action. 293 Van Brunt St., Brooklyn, 347-223-4135,

One of the best all-around bakeries in New York, Baked does American classics with incredible finesse; its chocolate chip cookies, brownies and cupcakes are all among the best you’ll find. 359 Van Brunt St., Brooklyn, 718-222-0345,

Fort Defiance
The kind of restaurant any neighborhood would be lucky to call its own, Fort Defiance can be many things: a Thursday-night Tiki bar, a Monday night casual beer-and-burger joint, a long weekend brunch destination, a respectable restaurant for oysters and a pork chop. 365 Van Brunt St., Brooklyn,  347-453-6672,

The Good Fork
It’s hard not to be charmed by this Red Hook farm-to-table spot, an intimate restaurant with an occasional Korean bent, as exhibited by its fabulous dumplings and “steak and eggs” Korean-style. 391 Van Brunt St., Brooklyn, 718-643-6636,

This counter-service barbecue hall is the new kid on the block, but it’s become a fast hit. Come for the blast of full-on Americana with live bluegrass and country on weekends and killer brisket any day of the week. 454 Van Brunt St., Brooklyn, 347-294-4644,


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