A Pete grows in Brooklyn

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2014/03/30 14:17:37 (permalink)

A Pete grows in Brooklyn

Last weekend, I spent three days in Brooklyn  working on a show at the Barclay's Center.  I arrived Saturday, and staged my truck at Brooklyn's Pier 12.  I wandered around the neighborhood for a while, and found DeFonte's Sandwich shop.   It's a great Italian deli, almost on a level with Fiore's of Hoboken, but Fiore's has more character.
Later that morning, I discovered the Red Hook Lobster Pound.  That little place is wonderful.  They serve lobster BLT's, lobster mac-n-cheese, regular dinners, and both Maine and Connecticut style lobster rolls.  It was all quite reasonably priced, and I'm surprised I've never heard of it before.
 
http://www.redhooklobster.com/pound/
 
After settling in at our hotel, I realized Junior's was only two blocks away.I went two mornings for breakfast.  Junior's corned beef hash with poached egg is a fine way to start your day.
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    Greymo
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    Re:A Pete grows in Brooklyn 2014/03/30 15:28:20 (permalink)
    I love Red Hook!!   Whenever we go into DC, we go to their food truck and have their great lobster rolls!
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    Re:A Pete grows in Brooklyn 2014/03/30 15:42:17 (permalink)
    My home town! But I grew up about 5 miles south from Red Hook in Bay Ridge (1st neighborhhod you see when you exit the VZ Bridge). 15 years ago no one would go near Red Hook, now it's one more Brooklyn Neighborhood thats a hip place to go.
     
    Red Hook took quite a beating during Hurricane Sandy, but they've made great progress getting up and running again.
     
    Glad you made the rounds and enjoyed it.
     
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    Re:A Pete grows in Brooklyn 2014/03/30 16:03:57 (permalink)
    That is a nice looking menu at Red Hook!
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    Re:A Pete grows in Brooklyn 2014/03/30 16:17:25 (permalink)
    It's more like " Don't let any Pete grow under your feet" Red Hook is on my list for next years trip to NYC. I love DeFonte's, I had two great sandwiches in their Gramercy deli. I love the layer of fried eggplant. It looks like you found some great spots.
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    Re:A Pete grows in Brooklyn 2014/03/30 18:59:22 (permalink)
    I think Red Hook Lobster started out as a Food Truck and then opened a B & M.
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    Re:A Pete grows in Brooklyn 2014/03/30 23:27:12 (permalink)
    Greymo

    I love Red Hook!!   Whenever we go into DC, we go to their food truck and have their great lobster rolls!


    a dble YAY on Red Hook!
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    Re:A Pete grows in Brooklyn 2014/03/31 06:39:40 (permalink)
    Well done, PP!  I have yet to make it to those three places but they're on my list.  What did you have to eat at DeFonte's and Junior's?  Good thing you made to Junior's when you did as they are selling the restaurant.  Who was performing at Barclays? 
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    Re:A Pete grows in Brooklyn 2014/03/31 10:41:41 (permalink)
    Always enjoy reading about your adventures PP.  We just never know where you are going to turn up next!
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    Re:A Pete grows in Brooklyn 2014/03/31 11:25:18 (permalink)
    What I want to know is whether you took time out between your food forays in Brooklyn to see The Governator when he got in the ring.
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    Re:A Pete grows in Brooklyn 2014/03/31 12:23:42 (permalink)
    I've never been to Brooklyn (maybe through it; I don't know), but I'd definitely want to stop in there for something sometime.
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    Re:A Pete grows in Brooklyn 2014/03/31 13:32:51 (permalink)
    As Michael inferred,  I was there for the WWE Monday Night Raw.  The thing that struck me about Ahnold was how small he appears to be when standing next to these enormous wrestlers.  It's sort of a Sly Stallone thing.
     
    I first visited Junior's around 1980.  Thankfully, some things stay the same.  The breakfast of corned beef hash, potatoes, rye toast, coffee and freshly squeezed OJ is a steal at $12.  I also took out a chopped liver sandwich and cheesecake for later.  I know, I don't eat desserts.  As I recall Michael Stern saying decades ago,  Junior's cheesecake isn't really a dessert.  It's an element on the periodic chart..  Something to that effect, anyway.
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    Re:A Pete grows in Brooklyn 2014/03/31 13:52:03 (permalink)
    Poverty Pete

    As Michael inferred,  I was there for the WWE Monday Night Raw.  The thing that struck me about Ahnold was how small he appears to be when standing next to these enormous wrestlers.  It's sort of a Sly Stallone thing.


    I was surprised at his size when I met him several years ago at The Arnold Fitness event that's held in Columbus annually. I'm just 5'10" and we were just about the same height.
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    Re:A Pete grows in Brooklyn 2014/03/31 15:19:09 (permalink)
    In my youth in the 60's I worked as a longshoreman (think 'On the Waterfront') on the 'breakwater', that dog leg shaped pier at the end of Columbia street.  It's now a car impound facility.  Defonte's was one of the go to sandwich places way back then.  Back then Red Hook was a busy place with Todd ship yard and the Vietnam conflict, a lot of goods passed through the port.  There were several lunch places where there was a bar up front and a hot food line in back. They usually had a limited menu but changed it every day.  Meatloaf was Monday, fresh ham on Tuesday, chicken of Wednesday and so on. We'd go as a group, get a pitcher for the table (not the taboo as it is today) and have a great lunch. Sunny's on Conover St is the only place like that that exists there today and I think they don't serve food like that any more. Still a fine bar with character like it used to be. With the gentrification that's been happening over the years the neighborhood has lost a lot of character. The folks that live there are fiercely independent. 
     
    http://www.sunnysredhook.com/
     
    Forgottn-NY has published a lot of material on Red Hook; here's 2 links.
     
    http://forgotten-ny.com/2...brooklyn-neighborhood/
     
    http://forgotten-ny.com/2...-13-red-hook-brooklyn/
     
    For an aerial view of Red Hook and 'the breakwater' from the 50's, follow this link and scroll half way down, look for 'Erie Basin Terminal'.  It got its name as a staging area for canal boats to travel the Erie Canal.  There's an Erie Basin in Buffalo too.
     
    http://www.isthmianlines.com/misc.htm  
    post edited by kozel - 2014/03/31 15:24:37
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    Re:A Pete grows in Brooklyn 2014/03/31 22:08:38 (permalink)
    Yeah... it's been a little over 50 years since I used to buy my lunches from Defonte's.
     
    Anyone planning to go to Red Hook should try the Latin American food trucks at the ball fields. They should start their vending season in about a month, if the NYC Department of Parks lets them.
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    Re:A Pete grows in Brooklyn 2014/04/01 10:13:01 (permalink)
    The Lobster Pound is opening a storefront in Manhattan today. It's north of Houston just east of the Bowery.
     
    http://www.grubstreet.com...r-pound-manhattan.html
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