More often than not, we find that change can be the most profound at the local level. Whether New York City or Laredo, it’s typically the actions of a concerned few who live in and love their towns that define the collective future for that place. This is why we were excited to sit down with St. John Frizell last week. St. John makes a seriously mean cocktail, but he’s also the owner of Red Hook mainstay, Fort Defiance. Aptly named, Fort Defiance began life as a widely enjoyed café/bar/restaurant on Van Brunt Street, but in the devastation following Hurricane Sandy, it became something even bigger…a leader and champion of the Restore Red Hook movement. A fantastic storyteller with a great life story, St. John gets real with us about the restaurant business, why the Third Place matters, and the bright future of Red Hook.
Ready for a strong statement? 4 and 20 Blackbirdsin Gowanus has hands-down the best pie in Manhattan. If you have a holiday (the caramel apple is our favorite for Thanksgiving) or special occasion and want to truly blow your friends and families minds, then pre-order any one of their amazing pies.
They also have a really charming cafe where you can sit and have a pie-by-the-slice, some hot coffee and free wi-fi. And that’s just what I did this morning during some downtime between my appointments. I was all set to get a slice of the Salty Honey pie and it was suggested I try the Sour Cherry instead. ”There’s only a good two week window of the year where the cherries are sweet and perfect enough to make this pie, so you don’t want to miss it. Do you want homemade whip cream on that?” What kind of silly question is that?