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Steak, salad with bacon, clams, a burger, and head-on prawns at Red Hook Tavern
Steak, salad with bacon, clams, a burger, and head-on prawns at Red Hook Tavern

Inside Red Hook Tavern, the New Old-School-Style Tavern From a Big-Deal Meat Chef

Billy Durney of Hometown has finally unleashed his second restaurant, complete with steak and throwback vibes

Iconic haunts Corner Bistro, McSorley’s, and Peter Luger were all the inspiration behind Red Hook Tavern, a new throwback tavern in Red Hook from Hometown Bar-B-Que owner Billy Durney. The restaurant, at 329 Van Brunt St., at Sullivan Street, cobbles together all the favorite parts of New York-native Durney’s top spots — like the burger from Peter Luger, natural wine from Four Horsemen, and light and dark ale options from McSorley’s.

Durney has brought in chef Allison Plumer to run the kitchen, which is pushing out dishes like country ham croquettes; little neck clams with white wine, garlic, chile oil, and herbs; and brick chicken with Yukon Gold mashed potatoes, gravy, and thyme.

The warm, woody space has a throwback feel, with tin ceiling tiles, dark wood tables, chairs, and bar, antiqued mirrors, exposed brick walls, and golden lighting with brass accents. The bar area, with 18 seats, is held for walk-ins, while tables are for reservations. It seats a total of 40.

Durney’s had his hands on the space for a few years now, and has tried to pay homage to its long life in the neighborhood. The original sign from its liquor store days is still up, and he’s brought reclaimed wood to lend a rustic feel.

The hope, he says, is for people to be transported when inside the space. “You feel like you’re walking into another world when you walk into the place, and another time,” he says.

See the menu here, and take a look around Red Hook Tavern below.

The interior of red hook tavern with a low white paneled ceiling, wooden chairs and tables throughout
The reserved tables at Red Hook Tavern
Looking out the front window of Red Hook Tavern
Bone-in, 45-day aged New York strip steak with creamed spinach at Red Hook Tavern
Bone-in, 45-day aged New York strip steak with creamed spinach
Romaine wedge salad with bacon and blue cheese at Red Hook Tavern
Romaine wedge salad with bacon and blue cheese
Grilled head-on spot prawns with garlic mojo at Red Hook Tavern
Grilled head-on spot prawns with garlic mojo
Little neck clams with white wine, shallots, garlic, and herbs at Red Hook Tavern
Little neck clams with white wine, shallots, garlic, and herbs
Dry-aged burger with American cheese, onions, and wedge fries at Red Hook Tavern
Dry-aged burger with American cheese, onions, and wedge fries
Billy Durney at Red Hook Tavern
Billy Durney
The exterior of Red Hook Tavern

Red Hook Tavern

329 Van Brunt Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231 (917) 966-6094 Visit Website
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