Red Hook, Brooklyn NEEDS to be your next cocktail tour stop. When I say NEED, I mean NEED! First place on your list in Red Hook is Fort Defiance. You’ll be happy even if it’s your only stop in Red Hook. If I sound very sure of myself, a bit too sure of myself, it’s because my mind has been altered after two recent meals at Fort Defiance. Altered in a way I can’t really describe. It’s like I’m kicking myself in the behind for not coming here sooner.
St. John Frizell is a good pal. I’ve known him for a few years now, catching up with him from time to time at industry events and soirees. In recent times (the past 2 years or so), I’ve seen quite a bit less of him. It’s because he’s had this project of his very own, his little baby (he really does have a little baby, so perhaps that analogy doesn’t really apply), a bar with an amazing cocktail program and delicious plates of grub to go along with it.
Dinner here hit the spot. And so did brunch. That spot is still full. I can’t wait to return once the spot is empty. The pimento cheese was rockin – the deviled eggs devilishly good – the short ribs nothing short of fantastic – and the drinks:
Kentucky Nightcap – steamed milk, bourbon, and vanilla – soothed my soul.
Joe Ray – Gin, Cointreau, vermouth, bitters – so lovely
Sidecars – flowing like wine, especially at a special price of $5 a pop!
Needless to say, I recommend this place. If you go, call me, ’cause I want to go back. Unless you want to be alone with your sweetie, in which case, I understand. Sort of.
Fort Defiance Brooklyn is located at:
365 Van Brunt St. (corner of Dikeman)
Brookly, NY 11231
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