A Sunday in Red Hook, Brooklyn

A Sunday in Red Hook, Brooklyn

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.

Red Hook, Brooklyn

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.

Red Hook, Brooklyn

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.

Red Hook, Brooklyn

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.

Red Hook, Brooklyn

Red Hook, Brooklyn

Then, following our typical mini photo shoot, we headed into Baked for iced coffee and something sweet.

Red Hook, Brooklyn

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.

Red Hook, Brooklyn

Red Hook, Brooklyn

Red Hook, Brooklyn

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.

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Comments (16)

  1. Pola (@jettingaround)

    I have been to Brooklyn before, but didn’t explore it as much as I would like to. Thanks to your blog, I’m discovering so many places to check out in NYC!

    1. Erin Marie

      You are going to need some extra time here, SO much to see! Brooklyn is my favorite borough though, so quaint and lots of cute dogs and babies. 🙂

  2. Leah Travels

    I spent a couple of weekends in Brooklyn and really enjoyed it. I didn’t get to Red Hook, but stayed with a friend living in Williamsburg. Here brownstone was an old candy store back in the early 1900s. Brooklyn is so full of history, and I can’t wait to explore it more. That lobster roll place is going to be my first stop.

    1. The World Wanderer

      Williamsburg is pretty cool, and there are so many other little neat areas. That lobster roll place is my heaven. 😉

  3. Raul (ilivetotravel in Twitter)

    You had me at lobster roll! You’be shamed me….I’ve never stopped in Brooklyn but now I may have to next time!

    1. The World Wanderer

      Haha, it was incredible! Yes, next time, you must visit Brooklyn. Let’s meet for lobster rolls!

  4. D.J. - The World of Deej

    I think I’d pay twice that for the lobster roll and not feel ripped off:)

    1. The World Wanderer

      I agree! Seriously, it was amazing. I’m already planning my next trip there.

  5. Traveling Ted

    Love the new look of the blog. I spent some time in Brooklyn the last time I was in New York, and I really enjoyed the vibe. Impressive you can get Maine quality lobster in the borough.

    1. The World Wanderer

      Thanks, Ted! Still a bit of a work in progress, but it’s getting there.

      Brooklyn’s really great, and it’s nice to have so much diversity. The Maine quality lobster is my new favorite part! 🙂

  6. Tawny- Captain and Clark

    I don’t even like lobster but this post had me drooling. I think we’re definitely going to have to try some the next time we find ourselves in Brooklyn. Chris loves lobster and definitely would not object!

    1. The World Wanderer

      You will definitely have to come, especially if Chris likes lobster. You’ll have to try it too!

  7. the lazy travelers

    yummm, love lobster rolls! have you had luke’s lobster?? i just realized there’s one around the corner from my apartment and i’m obsessed. brooklyn is so adorable!

  8. Francesca

    Brooklyn.Lobster rolls.Cobblestone streets.OMG I NEED TO GET TO NYC!

    Great, fun photos, btw 🙂

  9. lola

    i have barely scratched the surface of Brooklyn. there is so much there to see! i love the pics of you and your best friend. and it’s really fun that you are both having amazing summer travel adventures.

  10. Craig Zabransky

    I walked through Red Hook a few times in September… both times on my way to the Tunnel to Tower Run…. always thought… I need to come back and check this place out…. it seemed to be such a fabulous neighborhood.
    stay adventurous, Craig

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