Guests at the Nu Hotel will likely spend the majority of their visit in the Carroll Gardens and Cobble Hill neighborhoods. But with more than 60 distinct areas, there is so much more of Brooklyn we encourage you to explore. As one of the most interesting and dynamic communities in the borough, Red Hook is well-worth the trip.
What to Do
Over the last several years, Red Hook has grown into one of the city’s newest arts destinations. A wave of independent creatives have sought refuge here from the rapid gentrification of Williamsburg and Bushwick. This neighborhood on the Hudson is the new hidden oasis for artists seeking large, affordable workspaces. Check out their creations at one of the many studios, like the art-factory and performance venue, Pioneer Works: the brainchild of renowned artist Dustin Yellin. Other top exhibits can be found at Look North Inuit Art Gallery, and the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition.
During the summer, Red Hook also hosts outdoor summer movie screenings on the water, and a free ride on the Water Taxi will help you get unparalleled views of the city as you enter lower Manhattan.
What to Drink
Red Hook has all the nightlife and bar appeal of the more well-known corners of Brooklyn.
Rocky Sullivans is the neighborhood’s standout Irish Pub. They host live radio broadcasts from inside the bar, as well as Irish language classes, live music, dancing lessons, and trivia. They also have solid pub food and a gorgeous rooftop overlooking the water. Sunny’s Bar is another fun nightlife destination, best known for affordable drinks and regular bluegrass jams in their back room.
What to Eat
Red Hook has become home to several reputable and progressive restaurants. Stop by The Good Fork for creative American dishes with a Korean twist. Their duck confit egg rolls with General Tso’s sauce and pickled radish is perfect for sharing, while their white miso oxtail tagliatelle is a revelation you’ll want to keep to yourself.
The Red Hook Lobster Pound is arguably the best seafood establishment in all of New York City. Enjoy fresh lobster and seafood the moment it gets off the boat from Maine, with one of their signature lobster rolls, or a cup of New England clam chowder.
Another neighborhood favorite is the food truck stand at the Red Hook Ballfields. Some of the best South American cuisine in the city comes straight from the four-wheeled Solber Pupusas.