The Good Fork

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84 Very Good

A Red Hook neighborhood spot that has personality and warmth, just like the eclectic food that comes out of the kitchen.

391 Van Brunt St., Brooklyn, NY, 11231


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Some of our favorite things at this cozy mom-and-pop spot (he built it, she’s the chef) are Asian-inflected, like the juicy pork dumplings and the kimchee rice that accompanies the Korean-style steak and eggs. The rest of the small menu skews seasonal American — a meaty crab cake here, a roasted free-range upstate–New York chicken there — but what’s really special is the unexpected charm of the setting, a neighborhood restaurant you wish were in your own.

Rob Patronite and Robin Raisfeld

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DrinksFull Bar

Noise LevelCivilized