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The Good Fork

The Good Fork

391 Van Brunt St Brooklyn, NY 11231

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Van Brunt Street is an unlikely restaurant row. This despite, as Red Hook boosters will have you know, the idiosyncratic charm of 360, the retro-chic appeal of Baked, and the engaging beverage bounty at LeNell's, the local liquor "boutique." But little by little, it's getting there, and The Good Fork makes one of the neighborhood's strongest culinary impressions yet. The restaurant opened quietly in March 2006, but felt, at a dinner shortly thereafter, already warmly embraced by a grateful (as well as noisy, and maybe slightly drunken) local crowd. Built and operated by carpenter-actor Ben Schneider and his wife, Sohui Kim, who's cooked at Annisa, Blue Hill, and the Sony Club, the Good Fork feels homespun, with mini-booths and a vaguely nautical curved-wood ceiling (a garden recently opened). It has personality and warmth, just like the eclectic food that comes out of the quasi-open kitchen: Pork and chive dumplings feature a superbly delicate dough wrapper and a vibrant dipping sauce. Vegetarian diners will appreciate the concessions made to them by the short, Asian-accented menu, which offers alternate versions of dishes like "steak and eggs" Korean style (the Korean-American Kim happily substitutes tahini-slathered tofu), served with savory kimchee rice. She uses produce from the local farm (yes, Red Hook has a local farm) to stuff her ravioli. And she proudly offers Steve's Key-lime pie, another local specialty, for dessert—a community-building gesture, sure, but also a wise confectionery choice. — Rob Patronite and Robin Raisfeld

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A little something for everyone: you can get a textbook roasted chicken, a serious pub burger, homemade pork dumplings, Korean-style steak &... Read More
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Head here for a great Korean-American Brunch. Winner of Best of NYC Critic's choice for best foodie adventure: Redhook, BK.
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Sit in the backroom with the old school turntable and play DJ for a romantic charming dinner.
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The best damn restaurant in Red Hook. Just about dying of pleasure eating the duck and the Korean steak & eggs and drinking the Fiscal Cliff... Read More
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Come for brunch. Nab the little two-seat booth in the window and order the Korean-style steak and egg with a towering iced coffee.
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Happy to award the Snail of Approval to The Good Fork
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I tend to steer clear of fancy burgers, but The Good Fork's burger doesn't isn't fussy, it's plain delicious.
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The specials are amazing, but you can always count on the super fresh crab cakes and Korean style steak and eggs. A Brooklyn favorite that's... Read More
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Wow, the citrus salad is off the hook. And the duck! Melt in the mouth. I would skip the rabbit ragu though, not much going on there.
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Warm and welcoming bar and restaurant in Red Hook. Don't miss the burger.
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