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Drink At Skylark Eat At The Good Fork

The Good Fork at Skylark

Many businesses are still affected by Hurricane Sandy and aren’t able to reopen. While some businesses are finding other ways to keep their restaurants/shops open as they try and bring some sort of normalcy back.

The Good Fork in Red Hook is still closed and the owners think that it’ll be another few months before they’re back. Though in the mean time they had started serving food at Skylark on 5th Ave and 11th St in Park Slope. I had heard about this partnership awhile back. The Good Fork wasn’t scheduled to take over the kitchen till much later but due to Hurricane Sandy, they were forced to start early. So if you were missing their famous pork and chives dumplings, head over to Skylark.

Skylark 477 5th Ave, Brooklyn

Brooklyn Ice House

Brooklyn Ice House

Last weekend a bunch of us checked out Brooklyn Crab in Red Hook. Since their website said they open at 4pm, I thought it be best if we hang out in Red Hook earlier so we can just pop over once it was 4pm. So Matt, Phae and I met up at Brooklyn Ice House for drinks. We also ordered some food since we heard how long a typical wait it would be for a table at Brooklyn Crab.

So this is how we do it at Brooklyn Ice House. Beers, pulled pork sandwiches (2 for $5..can’t go wrong), fritos pie, sweet potato fries and onion rings. It’s always a great time at the Ice House. Long list of beers, pretty tasty foods, board games, and backyard.

- Brooklyn Ice House 318 Van Brunt St, Brooklyn

Brooklyn Crab, My 2 Cents

Brooklyn Crab

There seems to be more hate (Yelp, Eater) for the newly opened Brooklyn Crab in Red Hook than love. While I think the idea is great, I’m quite sad that it is in Red Hook. I see Red Hook as the ball field food vendors, the more intimate restaurants like Kevin’s and the elusive Philly Pinoy. To many, Red Hook is like going on a trip but for me it’s just a quick 30min walk. Okay, I actually don’t mind Ikea being there (sorry..trips to the Port Authority and then taking the Ikea shuttle is not quite fun).

After couple weeks of being opened and many have shared their thoughts, 9 of us decided to take our chances at the Brooklyn Crab.

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Red Hook, A Little Lunch Gathering

Red Hook Ball Field Food Vendors

On Monday I wrote about the return of the Red Hook Ball Field vendors and how the crowd has been dying down every season. I may not be able to bring a lot of people but I do hope I can help in some way by getting as much people to go with me tomorrow around noon. And according to Blondie and Brownie, their six year permit to vend at the ball field ends this year. So it makes it even more important for us to support these vendors.

So will you join me tomorrow, the 12th, at the Red Hook Ball Field around noon (till 3pm) for some tasty Latin foods? I will try and grab the 2nd bench in the field along Bay St, closer to the corner of Bay St and Clinton St. Then we’re going to follow up with a trip to the new The Treats Truck Stop grand opening for some cookies and brownies. Oh…and I look like this!

Red Hook Ball Field Food Vendors, My New Mission

Red Hook Ball Field Food Vendors

THE RED HOOK BALL FIELD VENDORS ARE BACK!! Once again I can walk 30mins down to Red Hook and get some freakin good and authentic Latin foods. And once again I vowed to eat more than just tacos from the Country Boys or a plate of chicharron with yuca from the Ceron truck.

I remember when I first visited the ball field, the vendors were all under their own tents and it would be normal to stand in line for a very long time just for pupusas from the El Olomega truck. My friends and I would trek out to Red Hook early to save a spot on the grass. Back in the day, while it was popular, no one really knew about it yet. And then it got really popular in the food scene. Which was great, more business for the vendors but of course then it drew the attention of the city and you know with the city…they have to put laws and rules on everything. The vendors were forced to serve their food out of trucks that they had to purchase themselves. After that the vibe definitely changed. It sort of lost that pop-up food oasis but people (even people from Manhattan) kept going back which was great! Then the crowd began to thin out. People now have more choices for outdoor dining (The Brooklyn Flea, Smorgasburg, Dekalb Market, Hester St Fair and bigillion other food options during the summer time) and the attention that the ball field vendor once got was gone.

Yes this past weekend was gloomy and chilly and wasn’t the optimal outdoor dining weather but none of the vendors had any lines at all. It’s also quite sad to look at their site and see how outdated it is and that there are so much stuff (bio and menu) in the site that are still missing.

I’m just one person but I like to believe that I have a little bit of fame power and I want to use that power to bring the crowd back to Red Hook. Will you join me?

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Philly Pinoy Is A Cure For The Homesick

Philly Pinoy
You probably think Red Hook, Brooklyn would be the last place to find Filipino food. But if you know the story behind Philly Pinoy (used to be the “Bait Shop” with a tiki bar looking exterior) then you know it’s exactly where it should be. Catered to the large number of Filipino cruise ship workers that come in with the Queen Mary 2 and Caribbean Princess, Philly Pinoy is just mere blocks away for the homesick workers to get some home cooked meals. Last time without knowing how Benjamin David, owner of Philly Pinoy, runs his shop, I went looking for lunch and failed to get any food.

This time armed with my new found knowledge and the handy Brooklyn cruise terminal schedule, I didn’t fail.

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My Failed Attempt At Getting Filipino Food At Philly Pinoy

Last week I got super excited when I read on The Awl about Philly Pinoy in Red Hook, a hole in the wall place that serves as a restaurant and grocery store for everything Filipino. Filipino food is probably the one cuisine I don’t know much about or eat enough of.

And having a weekday off lets me go to Red Hook and see if I could score some tasty Filipino food without the crowds that will hopefully start showing up at this place because he needs you, you food lovers!

At around 12:30p today I walked into a grocery store with lots of instant noodles but no delicious smelling food. I found the owner, Benjamin, outside reading the article on The Awl and asked him where’s the food?! He explained to me. And so here’s the deal. If you want Filipino food he only serves it when there’s a cruise in town WHICH you can check the schedule here (I found it on this site). On other days he serves hot dogs, burgers and Indian food!

This coming Wednesday, 6/22, he will have Filipino food! And of course the careless ole me didn’t ask the MOST important question. Will there be Filipino food for dinner as well? Guess I’ll just have to find out the hard way again.

- Philly Pinoy Pioneer St and Van Brunt, Red Hook