During the summer, there’s nothing I love more than walking around the streets of Brooklyn. Manhattan may be a major destination for visitors of New York, but those who don’t visit Brooklyn are truly missing out, especially if they don’t include Red Hook.
Brooklyn has been a second home to me for almost ten years now, all thanks to my best friend, Lara, who was born and raised in the borough. I’ve been able to experience all areas of Brooklyn because of her, but just yesterday, I was able to see a whole new side of it while visiting Red Hook. We headed right to the main drag, Van Brunt Street. While this street is paved, all of the side roads are cobble stone, giving it a feeling of old and new. Van Brunt is a mix of restaurants, galleries, and shops set along a relatively residential neighborhood.
Our first stop was The Red Hook Lobster Pound. This place is no joke. Famous for their sixteen dollar lobster rolls, Maine or Connecticut style, we ordered one of each. In the dining area next door, we enjoyed the delicious pieces of lobster on perfectly toasted rolls with Cape Cod chips on the side.
After indulging in the most amazing lobster roll I have ever had, even better than the one I had in Bar Harbor, Maine, if you can believe it, we headed down the street and browsed the small shops.
Then, following our typical mini photo shoot, we headed into Baked for iced coffee and something sweet.
We happily sat by the window drinking our coffee and eating our snacks, a samoa bar for Lara and a chocolate peanut butter rice crispie for me. As we watched life go by, we discussed our upcoming summer trips to Southern Africa and Iceland. When we finished, we headed toward the water for a view of the Statue of Liberty, along with some old, abandoned trolly cars from New York’s past.
It was the most perfect day explore a new place with an old friend. Manhattan may have a lot to offer, but Red Hook has charm that shouldn’t be passed by.