Red Hook isn't exactly an easy place to get to, unless you have a solid knowledge of New York's ferry system or your own personal sea kayak. But there are a few excellent neighborhood restaurants out there, and assuming this isn't your neighborhood, it's worth a trip from time to time.
The Good Fork definitely isn't the best restaurant we've ever been to, but it might be the best restaurant in Red Hook. It's a cozy little eatery with a old timey vibe and rounded ceilings that makes it feel like you're dining in an old train car. The people here are also very nice - a trend we are noticing with all of our recent trips to Red Hook.
But what makes The Good Fork particularly intriguing is that their chef is Korean, and she adds bit of Korean flair to classic American favorites like steak and eggs with kimchee rice, or a crab cake with daikon radish sprouts. There's a pork chop and a burger on the menu, but there's also some tasty pork and chive dumplings. These flavors may not warrant an [perfect_for slug ="authentic-ethnic-eats"]Authentic Ethnic Eats[/perfect_for] tag, But they definitely do make The Good Fork stand out in a crowd, even though in Red Hook, it's only a crowd of about five.
Start off your meal with some plump homemade pork and chive dumplings for the table. You won't regret it.
These cakes were great. Lightly fried on the outside, the lump crab meat inside was moist and extremely flavorful. The chili aioli and radish sprouts also added nice flavor. Order with confidence.
This preparation took the typical side of roasted sprouts with bacon and made it next level. The Good Fork sprouts are actually salad with some arugula, caesar dressing and parmiggiano. There's a poached egg on top too, and that's a nice touch.
I thought this chop was good, but not great. The pork comes served over a bed of spaetzle with creamy leeks and persimmon compote, and is topped with kale chips and a mustard sauce. The fixins were all good and delicious, but the chop itself was a little too fatty.
This is a very solid roasted chicken dish, served with mashed potatoes, glazed cipollini onions, and a black bean sauce. It's a safe order, but we won't judge.
This right here is the reason why you're coming to The Good Fork. Skirt steak is served over kimchee rice, and is then topped with a fried farm egg. It's simple, but all the elements work together magically. This is the best dish on the menu.
You won't go home hungry after this meal. These are some heavy entrees. This huge duck leg sits on top of an impressive sweet potato gruyere gratin, grilled broccoli rabe, and pickled radishes in a port wine sauce. It sounds intense, but it all works.
This burger is a fan favorite at The Good Fork, and it gets our seal of approval. It's a medium build beef patty on a soft, buttery bun. It also comes with huge, crispy onion rings, and we are more than ok with that.