What happens when a stretch of road with a mere handful of restaurants gets dubbed NYC's latest restaurant row? A Brooklyn Life reports on a Friday dinner at The Good Fork on Red Hook's Van Brundt dining dragstrip:
What I got was a two hour wait. The first hour or so was spent at Su/onny's drinking a beer while we waited for the restaurant to call us. They didn't, and we got a little nervous, so we headed back. Had our table been given away? Who knows. All I know is that it was another hour before we were seated. The staff was extremely accommodating, but when you've been standing/sitting outside for an hour and waiting for another hour, well, it's hard to make up for that kind of an entrance...· The Good Fork in Red Hook [A Brooklyn Life]
I think the restaurant is overwhelmed. It does not know how to move tables for this type of volume because I think it wanted to be a cute little quiet restaurant in Red Hook that got to take its time with its food, get to know its neighbors, and cap it off with a hug and promise of coming back next week. In this idealized sense, it will probably be a great restaurant. But right now, in this frenzy of gourmands, it should be avoided. Then in a few months, we can all go back for crab cakes and burgers and be properly satisfied.
· Eater Inside: The Good Fork [~E~]