A while back, pre-kids, we considered the idea of moving to Red Hook because of its coolness factor and proximity to the water. We ended up being more practical (come on, can one only depend on the B61 to get in and out of the neighborhood?), and settling on a neighborhood with more transportation options (if depending on the F and the G could be called that).
For a short-lived while, Red Hook was THE place. A very cool restaurant, bar and music scene was growing in this part of town that didn’t really mind being isolated. In fact, I believe that they took this isolation as their mark, their way of doing things, of pioneering. I still remember going to 360, a fantastic French restaurant located on 360 Van Brunt. The owner, Arnaud, was this huge French guy, as particular with his food and wine as he was with his customers. We also spent countless summer weekend afternoons drinking ice cold beers at Bait and Tackle, chilled and chatted until the wee hours at the Sugar Lounge, enjoyed the view of the city’s skyline with margaritas at Alma, made new friends and listened to live blue grass at Sunny’s, and did a good run of karaoke nights at Hope & Anchor, with Dropsy and Kay Sera doing the honors. Now, impromptu karaoke nights are performed by the kids, with a random selection of cool songs (as in us, parents, choosing them), but then, somehow “Let It Go” always ends up making its appearance. Sigh!
As summer has begun to crawl into New York City, we decided to look for a new place to grab a bite and thought about Red Hook. We walked down Van Brunt and Columbia reminiscing about the places we used to frequent but are now gone. So we began looking for someplace new. One of the most recent additions is The Hop Shop, opened this past May and which we decided to give a try.
The space is ample, with a long bar to the right. They do have a large selection of beers and cocktails and when we went, they didn’t have their kitchen up and running yet. But they did have popcorn, which in the eyes of the girls is as good as a meal. And they let you order food in from neighboring establishments. Their backyard is ample and beautifully arranged, with big tables and chairs, where we sat enjoying our beer and an order of Mexican fare from Calexico.
They have two unisex bathrooms, on the right hand side, just past the bar. One of them is bigger than the other and they are both pretty clean. Unfortunately, none of them has a changing table.
I am curious about the food offerings they will have and can see ourselves enjoying long summer afternoons in their backyard.
The Hop Shop
121 Columbia Street
Brooklyn, NY 11231
Monday-Thursday: 5pm – 12.00am
Friday: 5.00pm – 2.00am
Saturday: 12.00pm – 2.00am
Sunday: 12.00pm – 12.00am