Friday, June 28, 2013

Summer Weekend Guide: Red Hook

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We use the term "snack" loosely, given that there are a couple of giant sandwiches on this list, starting with the neighborhood classic, DeFonte's, which has been serving up perfect, no-frills Italian-style subs in the neighborhood since 1922 (be warned, they close at 4pm and have a strict cash-only policy). There's also another old (like, century-old) standby, Ferdinando's Foccaceria, home of a little something called the Panelle Special. Yes, purist commenters, we know it's technically in the nearby Columbia Waterfront District. Fine. But look at that sandwich! Well worth a slight neighborhood deviation.

If browsing is more your thing, let's not forget about Fairway, newly renovated and re-opened post-Sandy. I don't know if everyone likes wandering the air conditioned aisles of grocery stores looking for new snack foods as much as I do, but if it is your thing, there's no better place to do it than Fairway. There are also the Red Hook Food Vendors (also known at the "Ballfield Vendors") to be considered, a collection of Latin-American food trucks that have been gathering at the Red Hook Ball Fields on the weekends every summer since 1974 (they stay open from 9am to 9pm).

After all this, we still sort of assume you'll still have room for pastries, yes? Good, because Baked is in the neighborhood and is full of things like whoopie pies, Rice Krispy bars, and homemade marshmallows. There's also Steve's Authentic Key Lime Pies, which is perfect, and exactly what it sounds like.

DeFonte's Sandwich Shop, 379 Columbia St.
Ferdinando's Focacceria, 151 Union St.
Fairway, 480-500 Van Brunt St.
Red Hook Food Vendors, 155 Bay St.
Baked, 359 Van Brunt St.
Steve's Authentic Key Lime Pies, 204 Van Dyke St.

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