Red Hook, Brooklyn, is two neighborhoods these days. There’s the new one trumpeted in magazines, with its gourmet groceries and restaurants. And then there’s the old industrial one, where workers can still grab a satisfying cheap lunch at places like 327 V-B Cafe Deli.
If they’re serving beef ribs at this self-described “American-Spanish-Mexican” steam-table place, get them. They’re meaty, juicy, and spicy, served in a peppery green sauce loaded with cilantro, bigmackdaddy reports. Roast pork is moist and fragrant, with nice crisp skin. Also recommended: empanadas, beef stew, and avocado or seafood salads.
Weekday lunch is the time to go. The place closes by midafternoon. It’s also open Saturdays, but the offerings are meager and seem left over from the week. This is a hole-in-the-wall, easy to miss. “I thought it was an abandoned storefront save for the neon ‘Deli’ sign in the huge, fogged-up plate-glass windows,” bigmackdaddy says. “So look for it.”
327 V-B Cafe Deli, a.k.a. Red Hook Coffee Shop [Red Hook]
327 Van Brunt Street (near Sullivan), Brooklyn
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