Tag Archives: Red Hook

Where to Brunch Right Now: Home/Made

1 Aug
Fiddlehead Toast with Homemade Ricotta

Fiddlehead Toast with Homemade Ricotta

My favorite summer brunch destination? Home/Made,  the Red Hook restaurant with welcoming vibes, a quaint garden, and plenty of comfort food. The ladies behind the restaurant, Monica Byrne and Leisah Swenson create a warm atmosphere that make you feel like you’re dining in your home kitchen (but with much better food).

For those of you who believe “eggs are eggs” and they cannot be elevated beyond that, try the eggs at Home/Made. I don’t know what their secret is, but the wild mushroom and fontina scramble takes the usual skillet to plate scrambled eggs to the next level. It’s served with buttery, garlicky Potatoes Provencal and a thick slice of grilled walnut bread. I. Can’t. Get. Enough. Most recently, Home/Made exceeded my expectations when I tasted their special– Fiddlehead Toast with Homemade Ricotta. The combination of creamy ricotta and earthy fiddleheads on the crisp toast was perfect.

Make sure to sit in the backyard, a charming spot with a sprouting herb garden, with a grapefruit mimosa, enjoying the last few weeks of summer sunshine.


Drool of the Day: Lobster Roll from Red Hook Lobster Pound

19 May


Red Hook Maker’s Market Holiday Pop-Up Coming Saturday 12/7

25 Nov

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Do you make something awesome? Maybe it’s beaded jewelry, knit winter hats, or crazy-good chocolate caramels? Bring your creativity to the first-ever Red Hook Maker’s Market Holiday Pop-Up on December 7th from 12pm to 8pm at Atelier Roquette at 63 Commerce Street in Red Hook.

Some of this year’s participants include Home/Made, Maker’s Toolbox, Red Hook Winery, Uncouth Vermouth, Saipua, Artemas Quibble, and Kerry Quade. There’s no fee to participate. Contact the Queens of Creative at Roquette Catering if you’re interested in joining.

And if you’re more of a homemade-appreciator than maker, be sure to stop by and start your holiday shopping.


Help Fund a Red Hook Film and Red Hook Volunteers

10 Sep

Brooklynite Don Downie was working on an early draft of a script last year, a story about mermaids in Red Hook, when Superstorm Sandy flooded many of his neighbors and friends. He considered shelving the project. After all, who would want to watch a short film about a mermaid in Red Hook in light of everything that had happened?

That’s when the idea struck him for the current story: what would it be like if someone who had lost everything in the storm had the opportunity to confront an emissary from the sea? So he created a film, Pepper and the Salt Sea, dedicated to the people of Red Hook.

But making a beautiful film costs money, so Don and his team created an IndieGoGo crowdfunding campaign to raise funds, and decided to donate a portion of the the proceeds to the Red Hook Volunteers. It’s a fantastic cause, bound to be a fantastic film, and as Don says, it’s “his love letter to Red Hook.” Support the film here and be sure to watch the short video about the campaign. 

5 Places to Dine Outside This Memorial Day Weekend

23 May

I find it thrilling to dine al fresco. There’s nothing better than sitting outside in the sun while snacking on fish tacos and margaritas or a hearty cheese plate and a glass of rose. Of course, I have some go-to spots to hit up when the weather is nice enough. Check out my fave five this weekend.

1. The Good Fork

The backyard at The Good Fork almost feels a little zen-like. It’s very green and relaxing, but even more relaxing when you’re drinking their spicy bloody mary. The Korean Steak and Eggs is a fan fave too.

Gran Electrica's backyard

Gran Electrica’s backyard

2. Gran Electrica

This Mexican spot in Dumbo might have one of the best backyard spaces in the city. It’s so comfortable, you could sit back there for hours. And when you taste the margaritas, you’ll certainly want to. I recommend ordering the ceviche, fish tacos, and definitely the guac.

3. Frankie’s 457

Frankie’s is always a spectacular experience, but when you can sit outside, it’s even better. They have a beautiful backyard space with little wooden tables that will make you sigh. I suggest getting a pasta dish– preferably the cavatelli or gnocchi. AND don’t skip the cocktails.

4. Sunburnt Calf

Another spot I regularly hit up for brunch. They’ve got an “endless” brunch deal you won’t be able to resist: unlimited bloody Marys, mimosas, or beer plus a brunch entree for $25. I always get the garlic tomato rice bowl (and lots of bloody Marys). The backyard space opened last summer and there are a few tables on the sidewalk for people watching.

Maison Premiere's backyard

Maison Premiere’s backyard

5. Maison Premiere

Cocktails + Oysters + Outdoor Space = Dinner Win. I was at Maison Premiere last night, and found they just opened their backyard space, and it’s gorgeous with lots of hanging greenery and little white tables. They’ve got a long list of potent absinthe cocktails and a menu of super fresh oysters too.

The Total Red Hook Immersion is Back.

22 May

red hookIf you need a reason to hang out in Red Hook for a day, this is it. Brooklyn Based‘s fourth annual immersion series with Brooklyn Brewery begins this year on June 8 in Red Hook.

So here’s how it works: go to the Brooklyn Ice House or Rocky Sullivan’s at noon on June 8th, so you can score one of 500 FREE immersion cards. This is your pass to redeem complimentary brews at Brooklyn Ice HouseRocky Sullivan’sFort Defiance and Jalopy Tavern; complimentary Local 1 and Local 2 over brunches at The Good ForkKevin’s and Home/Made, plus discounts at local shops like Foxy & Winston and Metal and Thread and delicious treats from Red Hook Lobster Pound and more.

It’s going to be ah-mazing. So RSVP here on Facebook.

A Very Brooklyn Engagment

15 Apr

engagement 2I’ve been holding out on you a little bit– there’s something I haven’t told you yet… back in February, Becoming Brooklyn got engaged! It’s all very exciting, and I’m currently planning a very Brooklyn wedding that I’ll probably keep you updated on over the next year or so (if you’ve got recos, please let me know, by the way). BUT first, I wanted to share my very Brooklyn engagement.

I had planned a birthday party for my boyfriend Paul, at the Brooklyn Brewery, of course. With about 20 friends in tow we enjoyed the happy hour and headed to Nita Nita down the street for some eats. We crowded into the restaurant, not an easy thing to manage, but we made it in. After drinking and dining for a bit, Paul said he wanted to go to one more place. Inside I was thinking “Are you kidding? It was hard enough to get all of us here– now you want to go somewhere else?! HA.” But instead I agreed since it was his birthday and all. So we headed out.

Paul gathered the group on the corner of North 8th Street and Wythe Avenue. He thanked the group for coming out to celebrate his birthday, and me for putting it all together.

“And one more thing.” he said. He got down on his knee, “Caitlin, will you marry me?” In shock, I immediately started bawling. But as soon as I could manage to speak, I said yes. I spent the rest of the night in a daze, sipping on cava with the group to celebrate.


So of course, the ring is very Brooklyn too. It’s from an  adorable little antique jewelry store in Red Hook called Erie Basin. The ring is from the 1930’s, with a platinum band and transitional cut diamonds. If you like vintage-y finds, its a great place to get jewels, and the owner Russell Whitmore  is very helpful. They take a curatorial approach to antique dealing, collecting select 18th to 20th century jewelry and objects with contemporary stylistic and cultural relevance– so the collection is very carefully constructed.

Check ’em out here. 


Support Red Hook this New Year’s Eve and Day

28 Dec
Rebuilding at The Good Fork (photo by Nona Brooklyn)

Rebuilding at The Good Fork (photo by Nona Brooklyn)

Clearly 2012 was a tough year for New York City restaurants, particularly some of my favorite places in Red Hook, Brooklyn. This New Year’s Eve and Day show your support for the neighb by attending a couple opening celebrations.

So here’s the plan.

On New Year’s Eve, head over to The Good Fork for their grand reopening. For $90 per person, you’ll get a four course meal– a couple menu items include scallop crudo with picked apples and fennel, green sauce and sunflower seeds and a lobster ravioli with uni sauce and crispy shallots. And please make sure to take advantage of the cocktails here. Not only will you get to drink and dine, but you’ll also help the restaurant get back to its always-buzzing self.

On New Year’s Day, you’re obviously going to need a hearty brunch. Go to one of my absolute favorite Brooklyn brunch spots– home/made. They’re taking reservations for five or more if you have a big group crashing with you. They’ve been rebuilding and need your support. I promise they have good hangover food.

Have a happy 2013!

Run for Red Hook TOMORROW

3 Nov

If you’re a runner like me who didn’t get to participate in the marathon this year, or even if you aren’t a runner at all, come to 61Local tomorrow at 9am for a fundraiser run for The Red Hook Initiative. Bring $10 (or more!) and/or supplies to support Red Hook, then run a 10k with us. Of course, there will be a party afterward! 61 local will match all runners’ donations with a complimentary kombucha (pre-race) AND wine or beer (post-race).

All donations will go to the charity, so please come support! Join on Facebook here. 

Hurricane Sandy Photo Update: Red Hook Flooding

29 Oct


(photos via Paul W. Fusco)