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Truthfully, food is kind of the main event of this whole thing. There are actually so many good things to eat in the neighborhood, we had to split food into two categories, the first of which is full-on, sit-down meals (almost all of which are within the same stretch on Van Brunt St., which makes it pretty easy to window shop). For brunch the area go-to is Kevin's (the same people who run Little Eva's on Governor's Island), which has a reliably great seasonal, seafood-heavy menu. There's also Home/Made, which serves dinner and drinks as well, but is worth visiting early in the day for the incredible natural light (and bottomless Kitten coffee, and on-tap Brooklyn Kombucha).
For dinner, Good Fork is a hyper-local favorite—the wine, alcohol, and desserts are all produced in the neighborhood—whose summer menu includes something called an "octopus taco." Nothing about that is not intriguing.
And, of course, there's the Red Hook Lobster Pound, which has gotten a lot of well-deserved hype in the past few years. Get a lobster roll, get some chowder (chowdah!), bask in the weird-but-fun experience of picking out your own lobster from the in-house tank.
Kevin's, 277A Van Brunt St
Home/Made, 293 Van Brunt St.
Red Hook Lobster Pound, 284 Van Brunt St.
The Good Fork, 391 Van Brunt St.