PLAN DATE: THURS / JUL. 26
Today is all about staying coastal, starting with the Red Hook Winery. Tucked away in a refurbished warehouse on Pier 41, this industrial-style winery offers tastings and tours—with an in-depth look into their meticulous winemaking process (by appointment only). However, if you just prefer tasting your way through their collection, you’ll have plenty of options to keep you busy. Surrounded by wine barrels doubling as personal tasting tables, brick walls, and exposed wooden beams supporting its massive ceiling, the $18 tasting allows you four different wines with 2 oz pours. So, whether you’re craving their summery 2014 ‘Entre-Deux-Mers’ Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon blend or a sample of their 2013 Seneca Lake Cabernet Franc, just be sure to get there between 12 p.m. and 6 p.m. (with the last tasting starting at 5:30 p.m.)
Next, forget trekking up to the Cape, because Brooklyn’s got you covered on coastal crab shacks. Nestled at the tip of Red Hook, Brooklyn Crab is all about the summer vibes—with views of the New York harbor, beachy accouterment hung from the ceilings (like wooden lobster traps, buoys, and life preservers), and natural pine wood running throughout the entire three-story-tall, indoor/outdoor seafood joint. And as far as food goes, we’ve got some pointers. Definitely go for the standout favorites, like their head-on peel n’ eat shrimp (cooked in a spicy Cajun boil), grilled octopus (with deconstructed romesco, garlic chips, and lemon salt), and snow crab roll (with chilled snow crab meat topped with Cholula-orange aioli and chives). Just be sure to grab a window seat by the water or out front on the deck to elevate the experience.
Can Get Pricey
Red Hook Winery
175 Van Dyke Street, Brooklyn
idk tip: If you opt for the tour, you’ll also get a barrel tasting, which (as you might imagine) allows you to taste the wine straight from the barrels!
24 Reed Street, Brooklyn
idk tip: If ever there was a place to focus on side options, it’s here. You must order some of their jalapeño cornbread (with vanilla-honey butter) and their lobster mac & cheese.