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Fort Defiance

365 Van Brunt St. (Dikeman St.) Send to Phone
347-453-6672 | Menu
An out-of-the-way neighborhood gem grows in Brooklyn.

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Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner daily
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Fort Defiance Restaurant Review

: Fort Defiance poses a challenge to diners in terms of its location. That is, unless you already live in Red Hook, Brooklyn, a neighborhood that is lacking in public transportation. Then again, this circumstance actually makes the restaurant all the more charming. The cooking is a notch above the average neighborhood eatery, and it’s complemented by well-executed cocktails. Silky chicken liver pâté with toast, and a roasted beet salad with fresh fennel are good starters. So are the super fresh oysters, which are worth the trip alone. Braised pork tongue is accompanied by a horseradish-apple sauce that makes the dish shine, while grilled mackerel is paired with sunchokes and walnuts, adding an extra layer of flavor and a crunchy texture. Finish the meal with a slice of rich buttermilk pie.
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