Why You Should Spend a Day Eating and Drinking in Red Hook

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Red Hook Lobster Pound
Red Hook offers a lot more than just lobsters nowadays
Red Hook is a gritty looking community filled with warehouses, graffiti, and railroad tracks (though its main stretch of Van Brunt is quite charming) and lacking in the bullshit hype and window dressing that make other neighborhoods of Brooklyn a trademarked brand. Resilient beyond comprehension, it has bounced back from Hurricane Sandy and a season of MTV's Real World to demonstrate there are a few New York neighborhoods where mom-and-pop can still open their doors. And there are a number of good places to eat and drink in this neighborhood, which means you should spend a day exploring all it has to offer.

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How 'Bout Them Organic Farm Apples? 'Tis the Season for U-Pick

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All photos by Eve Turow

Looking for something to do this weekend? Take in the best of fall by traipsing through rows of ripening apple trees along a backdrop of cascading auburn foliage at Fishkill Farms (9 Fishkill Farm Road, 845-897-4377). Just off of I-84 in the upstate town of East Fishkill, the family-owned farm is an hour and a half north of New York City by car and hosts weekend apple picking through October 19.

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Here's Why You Should Book an Evening on The Water Table

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With the last few weeks of summer upon us, the pressures to plan a coastal getaway are as rampant as ever. But when funds and scheduling keep the bay at bay, a quick and close escape on the water is as good as any. Fortunately, Kelli Farwell and Sue Walsh had both adventure and convenience in mind when they co-founded The Water Table, a reservations-only dinner boat that sails the East River during weekends this summer. We caught up with Farwell and Walsh for an opening piece back in December, and we recently had the chance to experience the sailing dinner party for ourselves.

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Here's a Map of Former Food Stands That Now Have Brick-and-Mortar Locations

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Billy Lyons
Massive crowds and limited seating are the hallmarks of a weekend at Smorgasburg
Each weekend, tourists and locals descend on the makeshift aisles of a New York City's multiple outdoor food fests, stuffing their faces with bulgogi beef tacos, dosas, and chicken biscuits, sometimes all in one sitting.

These markets -- often overrun with crowds -- provide a good launch pad for concepts exploring viability before they sign a lease. Several seasons in, many of the pop-ups from Smorgasburg, the defunct Dekalb Market, the Hester Street Fair, and other gatherings have, indeed, made that jump. Here's a map of NYC's successful pop-up-to-permanent-location restaurants. You might use it as a handy guide to getting the Smorgasburg experience while avoiding the long lines.

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These Are This Weekend's Four Best Food Events in NYC

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Courtesy Nat Sherman
Cigars and cocktails light up the night at Botanica in Red Hook starting Friday
One more workday, and then it's time to take it easy. Get your plans together -- we have a few event suggestions for you.

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Our 10 Best: Holiday Weekend Edition

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Celebrate America with the best of everything.
After what seems like weeks of bad weather, Memorial Day weekend is finally upon us, which means a number of things: sunshine, road trips, and barbecue, to name a few. We're going to be unveiling Our 10 Best Barbecue Restaurants tomorrow, but why stop there? One of the best things about a long weekend is keeping everything easy and hassle-free, which is why we decided to compile our favorite "10 Best" lists for you to use as a handy guide for enjoying yourself. Whether you're traveling, staying put, or enjoying the warm weather, we've got you covered with the ultimate guide to 10 Bests for summer.

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Rodeo Bar's Genius Mother's Day Special

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Forget special brunches and sickly chocolates, Rodeo Bar (375 Third Avenue) is running a Mother's Day special that's good for both you and mom.

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