Fort Defiance – Red Hook


Red Hook café-bar Fort Defiance, true to its stalwart name, was one of the last businesses in the neighborhood to shut its doors before Sandy’s surges rolled through, and like so many others, it lost much of its equipment and inventory to flooding. Now the restaurant is mounting a creative comeback, allowing the community a redeemable means of investing in its future: Head to its website and purchase a “junk bond”—essentially, a gift certificate for double its value: A $200 bond, for example, turns $100 over to restoring Fort Defiance, and the remaining half is good toward your bill there as soon as it reopens. 365 Van Brunt Street, Brooklyn;

Delicious seasonal American cuisine created and prepared by Steve Linares, previously chef de cuisine at DuMont in Brooklyn and The Waterboy in Sacramento, CA.This old school feel from their cold press coffee to the $20 pre-fix that comes with a cocktail, Fort Defiance is now our favorite brunch spot in Red Hook!


You can’t go wrong with the pre-fix. You get the omelet of the day, ours was 3 eggs, spinach,  peppers and goat cheese as well as bacon or home fries (which we got one of each and shared) greens and a cocktail and coffee or tea.


COFFEE Actually the coffee is the best part, it takes a bit longer since it’s cold brewed and comes with all pre-fix.

KING BEE ($9 but came with pre-fix) – Comb vodka (made from honey in Port Chester, NY) infused with Darjeeling tea, with lemon and prosecco


365 Van Brunt Street,
Brooklyn, NY
(347) 453-6672