You’ll likely want mint stracciatella gelato in the shade at least twice during the summertime. If you’re in Red Hook when this feeling hits, know that Dolce Brooklyn has a few tables set up on their sidewalk. This is also a good spot to order some iced coffee and take a break from the sun so you don’t say something you don’t mean to the person you’re with while you wander around Red Hook for an afternoon.
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12 spots to eat outside after you take the ferry or ride your bike.
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Brooklyn Ice House
Brooklyn Ice House is a divey neighborhood bar in Red Hook with a spacious backyard, pool tables, and Frito pie.
Red Hook Lobster Pound
Red Hook Lobster Pound is a casual seafood spot right near the Red Hook ferry dock that makes great lobster rolls.
San Pedro Inn
San Pedro Inn is a casual Mexican spot in Red Hook where you can drink margaritas and eat very good tacos when you don’t want to wait at Hometown.
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Ray’s Candy Store
Ray’s is a classic, cash-only spot in the East Village that serves soft serve, fried Oreos, and milkshakes all year round.
Eddie’s Sweet Shop
Eddie’s is an old-school ice cream parlor in Forest Hills where you can eat a giant sundae and feel like a kid.
Lower East Side Ice Cream Factory
Lower East Side Ice Cream Factory is where you should get ice cream if you’re in or around Essex Market.
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Brooklyn Crab is one of the most unique outdoor dining destinations in NYC for two reasons: crabs and mini golf.
Red Hook Tavern
Red Hook Tavern is from the people behind Hometown Bar-B-Que, and it’s a great spot to sit at the bar, drink wine, and eat an extremely good burger.
Although they’re known for their libations at Fort Defiance, this restaurant doesn’t feel like one of those super-cool, pretentious cocktail dens that we all know too well. It has the promise of the perfect neighborhood spot that, if we lived in this hood, we’d frequent all the time.
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