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The New Red Hook Lobster Pound
May 18th, 2015 by donuts4dinner

If you live outside of NYC and know about the neighborhood of Red Hook, it’s for one of two reasons: the IKEA or “The Real World: Brooklyn”. It became one of my favorite parts of the borough to visit after my I convinced my roommate to drive us down there one summer night at sunset when I was trying to make him my boyfriend and thought cramming key lime pie on a stick in our faces would be very romantic. I figured out in the process that Red Hook is really only a 45-minute walk or a 15-minute bus ride from Downtown Brooklyn, enjoys beautiful views of Manhattan, and also boasts the newly-expanded and increasingly-awesome Red Hook Lobster Pound.

Red Hook Lobster Pound, NYC

I went to the Lobster Pound a few times in the last couple of years, and until recently, it was just a tiny storefront offering a couple of lobster roll options and nowhere to sit. But now it’s a full-service sit-down restaurant with rolls, salads, burgers, hot dogs, fish sandwiches, chowders, whole lobsters, lobster dip, lobster cheese fries, and most importantly, beer to wash it all down with.

Red Hook Lobster Pound, NYC

My friend started with a Narragansett beer in an adorable glass,

Red Hook Lobster Pound, NYC

while I had a very tart gin cocktail with soda and lime.

Red Hook Lobster Pound, NYC

My friend ordered the $20 Connecticut-style lobster rolls because she’s not a fan of the mayo on a Maine-style roll and liked how this was just lightly dressed in butter and lemon to let the lobster flavor shine through, while I got the $19 lobster Cobb salad (“Cobbster”) that was legitimately two meals. It had less lobster than a roll, but it made up for it with piles of bacon, crunchy onions, crumbled egg, and blue cheese. And for those of you torn between the roll and the salad, there’s also the “bikini style” roll, which comes on lettuce instead of bread. In case you want to take a dip in the Gowanus afterward. (Word of caution: you do not.)

Red Hook Lobster Pound, NYC

The decor of the new place is reclaimed-looking and beachy, with a much-talked-about bathroom with funhouse mirrors and whooshing ocean sounds that may make you seasick, so use it before you chow down on that fish & chips.

Red Hook Lobster Pound, NYC

And afterward, don’t forget to explore the neighborhood, which is a mix of industrial and adorable, with tons of street art and plant life and the Statue of Liberty across the water at sunset. Can you get over how ~Brooklyn~ it is?

Red Hook Lobster Pound, NYC

Red Hook Lobster Pound, NYC

Red Hook Lobster Pound, NYC

Red Hook Lobster Pound, NYC

The Swingle from Steve’s Authentic Key Lime Pies
Sep 17th, 2013 by donuts4dinner

Red Hook is a neighborhood on the southwest coast of Brooklyn that’s accessible by cruise ship and nothing else. Okay, there’s one bus that goes there. And you could take the IKEA ferry if you were desperate. But for the most part, it’s meant for people who own cars, which excludes me, because I basically live in NYC just so I don’t have to ever drive.

But one weekend, my landlord/roommate/former co-worker/friend Jack had his parents’ car, so I did what any responsible food blogger would do and asked him to drive us to Red Hook to eat chocolate-covered key lime pie on a stick from Steve’s Authentic Key Lime Pies, which I learned about from my good friends at We Heart New York.

Steve's Authentic Key Lime Pies NYC

Hurricane Sandy shut down the original Steve’s location, but random key-lime-pie-associated signs still hang around the area and will confuse you as you try to make your way to the end of Van Dyke street to the new Steve’s bakery, which is basically a garage with a cash register. Ask the nice lady behind the counter for a Swingle and then take it outside to enjoy on one of Steve’s candy-colored picnic tables. And then continue enjoying it as you walk around the corner of the building to Valentino Park, where you’ll have sunset views of the Statue of Liberty.

Red Hook NYC

Red Hook NYC

I say “continue enjoying it”, because this thing is RICH and will take you an hour to eat if you’re a pansy like me. Steve’s Authentic Key Lime Pies is serious about its dedication to using freshly-squeezed key limes, and you can taste it in the lip-puckering Swingle filling. Of course the homemade graham cracker crust and the dark Belgian chocolate balance out the citrus, but balance or no, your belly is still being filled with butter and sweetened, condensed milk with every bite, and you can feel it. I mean that in the best way, obviously. Eating this little tart on a stick is like sticking the best parts of summer into your face.

Steve's Authentic Key Lime Pies NYC

Steve’s Authentic Key Lime Pies
185 Van Dyke Street
Brooklyn, NY 11231 (map)

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