Given the beautiful weather this weekend, though I'd take the bike down to Red Hook and try Fort Defiance for the first time. Arrived about 11:30 and was immediately seated with wife. Wait staff was gracious enough to allow an extra seat for my late friend who had a flat on the way down.
Service - prompt, friendly and polite.
Food - only tried the muffaletta. Bread was soft. Meats/cheeses were of high quality. Olive/Veg salad was good but perhaps not as salty/olive-y as the Central Grocery. Overall a very good sandwich, if not a bit overstuffed. My wife and friend had to remove some cheese.
Drinks - Abita Turbo Dog and Restoration tasted fine. Had one vodka bloody that was good but not ethereal. The manual drip coffee was strong and delicious.
Atmosphere - I expected more pub than diner but got the opposite. I'd imagine there aren't many places for family brunch in that hood, so that would explain lots o kids and strollers. The noise level was a bit high and a little girl kept kicking the bar but that should be expected with weekend brunch.
I can't complain about the place and the meal but I'm not sure I'd make the effort to go back for brunch with so many options in my own hood. I may try dinner one evening. On a positive note, we got to meet Gee, the owner of the Red Hook Bike Shop, who has lots of old bike parts and was able to replace a tire on a 1979 Columbia for my friend. QUite a character and nice guy.
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