Wanderlust Wednesday // Red Hook, Brooklyn

Last weekend a few friends and I hopped on the Ikea ferry (it's free on weekends) and made our way from lower Manhattan to Red Hook, Brooklyn. I've been a few times before and think the neighborhood is a hidden gem, so I was excited to show my friends around.

Red Hook used to be one of the country's biggest shipping centers, and it has a bit of an industrial mixed with nautical vibe. The neighborhood is set on New York Bay and has so many great things to do, not to mention gorgeous views of the water and the Statue of Liberty. I listed some of my must-sees below, but there's a lot more to explore there, too!

Must-Dos in Red Hook, Brooklyn

Brooklyn Crab is a huge 3-story restaurant right where the ferry lets off. The restaurant has tons of group-friendly picnic tables throughout (try to grab one on the 2nd level deck to enjoy gorgeous views of the water). The menu is full of seafood and there are lots of games to entertain your group while you wait for a table. There's corn hole out front, mini golf in the backyard, and a bunch of big bars to grab a drink. It's definitely a 'scene' but a fun, laid back one. You'll feel like you left NYC and arrived in a summer beach town.

Who knew the best key lime pie is in Brooklyn?! Steve's Authentic makes seriously good pie and it's a such a charming little spot. While I love their original plain key lime pie, they also offer frozen pies on a stick dipped in chocolate and white chocolate with raspberries...heavenly!
Red Hook Winery is set on a stunning industrial pier with gorgeous water views. The winery uses all grapes from various New York State vineyards. They offer tastings and tours of the facilities, and the staff is great. Our server was so patient with us and let us taste many different types of wine. It's a really fun experience!


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