This pleasant little spot on the Van Brunt strip in Red Hook (halfway between the pioneering 360 and the brand-new Fairway, a surprisingly vibrant area, given that it sits well off the subway grid) - Andrea Thompson
The owners and I once cooked an enormous North Carolina BBQ feast for forty hungry Scots. I thought my Guinness-marinated cumin-infused ribs were something -- that is, until I had one of Sohui's burgers. Man oh man.
Thanks to Ben's earthy design and deft carpentry, the space feels like an elegant restaurant car. Lots of warmth and good cheer, staffed by friendly locals. Best thing to happen to Red Hook since the pub quiz.
Small but very cute atmosphere. You really get the sense that the owners care, and that they're there every night. Our meal wasn't perfect but there were elements to it that were very good, e.g. I had the roasted chicken that was perfect. The accompanying mash potato was very good but the braised leek was pretty bad. Also, my dining companion ordered a drink that advertised being made with Plymouth gin, and we watched the bartender pour from a bottom of the line brand. All that being said, I'd like to go back.