The weather is beautiful again! Which means that it's time to have lunch and enjoy the outdoor space behind the Red Hook Fairway as you take a break from the sometimes hectic shopping that can take place there. If you haven't been, it's really worth the trip. You could plan a whole Red Hook neighborhood tour with Fairway as your lunch spot. Start at the North end of Van Brunt Street and stroll down while window shopping and taking in the last bits of industry that exist there. Stop in at Liberty Sunset Garden Center for supplies and plants, get some Key Lime Pie for later at Steve's on Pier 41 while you're there and before you know it, it will be lunch time.
There are numerous sandwiches on offer at the rear of the store (including lobster rolls, as well as breakfast foods), right by the exit to the back area overlooking the water and the Statue of Liberty. On this occasion I got a chicken salad-type deal with tomatoes that was really flavorful. You can also get your sandwiches pressed so they come out all warm and melty if you ordered cheese. All sandwiches come with a very nice, fresh mixed greens salad and potato chips.
When you're done you can walk down the pier and peek into Glass Blowing Studios and other work spaces of local artists belonging to BWAC. From there, walk down Broad Street to Dwight Street and check out the Red Hook Winery, a new spot that will soon be bottling their first wines! Continue on down towards Added Value, Red Hook's very own organic farm, and past that to the public pool (opening July 4th weekend) which is across the street from the Red Hook Ball Fields where you can take in a game of soccer. By then, you might just be ready for some more food and you'll find some of the best Central American food in town from the vendors who have set up shop on the perimeter of the field.