10:00 am10:00


On New Year's Day at Fort Defiance, we serve one meal and one meal only, and we serve it all day. It's just about guaranteed to bring you good luck in 2016, at least if you're Southern:

Coffee or cappuccino
Coca-cola ham
Fried chicken
Collard greens
Hoppin' John
Bloody Mary or St. Cecilia Society Punch

All for $25! Want more of something? Just ask, you got it! (Except for the drinks, we'll charge you for those.)

Some additional food items (and lots of cocktails) available a la carte. Let your favorite Red Hookers take care of you on New Year's—just walk in the door and we'll do the rest! 


9:00 pm21:00


Every New Year's Eve, we celebrate the life and times of our patron saint and hero, the great food-and-drink writer Charles H. Baker, Jr... but this year, our tiki alter ego—the Sunken Harbor Club— is taking over! 

This prix-fixe will be a communal experience, with plenty of dishes to share. To whit: 

Oxtail soup with roasted butternut squash and grilled bone marrow toast.

Roasted Pekin duck with pineapple, pickled jalapeno, cilantro and crispy wontons.

l'a Ota (Tahitian Fish Salad) with creme fraiche, grilled scallions and toasted rye.

Choice of:

Leg of Venison, braised in pineapple and tropical spices (for two)
Whole orata, roasted with citrus and ginger (for two)

Both entrees served with:

Sunken Harbor Noodles, Seven Perfumes of the Sea Broth, Gingered Brussels Sprouts


Choice of: 

Honey and ricotta mousse with hokey pokey, chestnuts and passion fruit granita.
Chocolate stout cake with rum raisin cream, coconut tuile.

Sao Paulo Stinger #2
Bombs on the Prado

Jerez Colada
Brooklyn Bullfighter
New Magoozlum
Hombre de la Noche
Jamaican Clipper
...and more!


Seatings available 9-10pm (additional early seatings may be added). Seating is very limited; please email info@fortdefiancebrooklyn.com for reservations. $110pp. Copies of the beautiful reprint of the South American Gentleman's Companion will be available to the evening's guests for the special price of $25 (regular price: $29.95)

8:00 pm20:00

XMAS SINGALONG with Steve Chapin, Phil Forbes, and friends!

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Ever want to sing Christmas songs around a piano alongside your family, friends, and neighbors with a hot Irish Coffee in your hand? Us too! So that's what we're doing on Sunday night, with Steve Chapin on piano, Phil Forbes on drums, and some special guests. Who know who'll drop in? Bring your mistletoe, your best reindeer sweater, your fine, fine singing voice, and some friends, and let's have a party!

Monumental Muscadet (and Pinot!)  - Dinner with Winemaker Fred Niger
7:00 pm19:00

Monumental Muscadet (and Pinot!) - Dinner with Winemaker Fred Niger

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Please join us on Wednesday, March 4 for an evening of some of the most exciting and mysterious wines from the Loire Valley, courtesy of winemaker Fred Niger. In 2011, Niger took over the iconic Domaine de l'Ecu from the man nearly everyone considers the greatest living maker of Muscadet, Guy Bossard. Niger continues to make Bossard's trio of superb, soil specific whites—Gneiss, Orthogneiss and Granite—made from vines a half-century old and certified organic and biodynamic for nearly that long. He has also begun to bottle a range of remarkable reds; he will pour Rednoz, his brilliant Cabernet Sauvignon, and for the first time in New York, he will introduce Ange, which may be the greatest Pinot Noir outside Burgundy. Back vintages of the Muscadets will be poured from magnum, and Niger promises a surprise from Bossard's cellar. The wines will served alongside a five course menu from executive chef Matthew Fleming. (see below).

Tickets are $95 for table seats, $90 for seats at the bar, and are available at Eventbrite.



Island Creek oyster, crème fraîche, pickled red onion, tarragon


Parsnip and almond soup, smoked trout, caviar, cayenne


Seared scallops, shaved fennel, Braeburn apples, charred radicchio, speck, coriander brodo 


Roasted L.I. duck, maitake mushrooms, toasted farro, Tuscan kale, pine nuts, blood orange


Chocolate "parfait", spiced mascarpone, pistachio-cherry shortbread


5:00 pm17:00

OPENING: Great Good Places of New Orleans - New Art by Jon Tebeau

Last year, you loved John's Great Good Places show featuring great bars of New York City. This year, he went to New Orleans, and he's done fantastic drawings of some of our favorite joints, like Molly's at the Market, Buffa's, and the Erin Rose. 

Come by to help us kick off the show! We'll have free RED BEANS AND RICE and great good prices on some New Orleans beer and cocktails. 

5:00 pm17:00


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Don't want to cook the day before Thanksgiving?
Come to our first annual Evacuation Day* Fish Fry!

We're frying fish and hush puppies outside, and inside we'll have a buffet of:

Roasted yukons with garlic and lemon

Red beans and sautéed greens

Savoy cabbage coleslaw

$25 gets you all this and a glass of punch! 

*Wikipedia: "Evacuation Day...marks the day in 1783 when the last vestige of British Authority in the United States... departed from New York Town on Manhattan Island." The holiday was celebrated with merry-making in New York City until the mid-19th century. The actual date on November 25, but we celebrate on the day before Thanksgiving.  

Georgian Wine Feast with Pheasant's Tears Wine
7:00 pm19:00

Georgian Wine Feast with Pheasant's Tears Wine


Fort Defiance is proud to host a exciting evening of Georgian wine and food with Pheasant's Tears winery and winemaker John Wurdeman!

John Wurdeman is an American-born artist who first traveled to Georgia in 1995 to research Georgian polyphonic singing. Almost 20 years later, he's one of the country's most exciting winemakers, working in the traditional Georgian style of aging wine in qvevri, beeswax-lined amphorae. This evening is a rare opportunity to taste wines from the world's oldest documented wine culture, and to sample a rich, underappreciated cuisine that's practically unknown in New York City. 

For tickets, please click here

The traditional Georgian feast will be prepared at Fort Defiance by chef Maia Acquaviva of NYC's Oda House, and will feature:

Kakhuri Salata: Tomato/Purple Basil Salad with Chili and Kakhetian Oil 

Nadughi: Fresh Curds with Mint and Garlic 

Badrijhani Nigvzit: Eggplant with Walnuts, and Georgian magic spice trio

Jonjoli : Fermented Bladder Wart Flowers  

Gouda: Aged Sheep Cheese


Lobio: Red Kidney Beans with Wild Georgian Thyme and Spearmint

Chvishtari: Corn and smoked cheese Bread

Katami Shvindis Saucshi: Baked Chicken basked in Corneilan Cherry  Sauce

Sokos Chakapuli: Oyster Mushrooms with Green Plum and Tarragon Sauce

Ghoris Hortsi Ghvinoshi: Pork fried in Carmelized Onions and Rkatsiteli 

Kartopili Tkemalit: Fried Poatatoes in Red Plum Sauce



Pheasant’s Tears Chacha

Georgian Tea

Churchkhela: Walnuts dipped in Grape Custard (Small flat Plate)

5:30 pm17:30

TIPS FOR PISH! with Abigail Gullo @ The Sunken Harbor Club

This week, Zac Overman welcomes Fort Defiance alum Abigail Gullo behind the bar for a very special Tiki night! All tips and $3 for every cocktail sold will be donated to the family of Chris Piscitelli, the beloved Red Hook bartender who passed way last week. Can you create an entire tiki drink menu using Irish whiskey as your main ingredient? We're going to find out!

3:30 pm15:30


It's playoff time! The New Orleans Saints continue their Super Bowl run in Seattle this week in what promises to be one of the most important games in Saints history!

Last time they were in Seattle, the Saints suffered their worst defeat of the season. Will the boys in black and gold get some get-back? Will Drew Brees create a new Northwest Pass-age? Or will they get Space Needled? 

We'll have $5 drafts of Abita Beer, $3 shots of Jagermeister, Hurricane punch, and SEAHAWK GUMBO. The Fort Defiance pregame show starts at 3:30, kickoff at 4:30.



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10:00 am10:00


On New Year's Day, we serve brunch, and only brunch, from 10am–10pm.

Our prix-fixe menu:

Coffee or Cappuccino

Bloody Mary or St. Cecilia Society Punch

An oyster on the half shell

Fried chicken, Coca-Cola ham, collard greens, black-eyed peas and a buttermilk biscuit


Additional cocktails and food available upon request.

Jan 1

NEW YEAR'S EVE: An Evening with Charles H. Baker, Jr.

We celebrate New Year's Eve by celebrating the life and times of Charles H. Baker, Jr., the great food-and-drink writer who traveled around the world in the 1920s and '30s in search of good things to eat and drink. Our menu will include cocktails and dishes from his legendary work The Gentleman's Companion (1939).

Early and late seatings available. Seating is very limited; please email info@fortdefiancebrooklyn.com or call (347) 453-6672 for reservations. 

$110 pp - 5 courses with cocktail/wine pairings

Below is the evening's food menu; cocktail and wine pairings to be announced.

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Nyroket Laks (Smoked Salmon), La Belle Sole, Oslo, Norway


Oyster Stew, Bentley's Oysters, London, England

OR    Salada de Caranguejos (Crabs) e Abacate, Restaurante Albamar, Rio, Argentina


Locos (Scallops) en Viño, Hotel Casino Miguez, Punta del Este, Uruguay

OR   Biftek Borracho (Beef Carpaccio), Santiago, Chile


Filetes de Pargo Rey (Black Bass) al Horno, La Guayra, Venezuela

OR   Pintada com Uvas (Rabbit), Hotel Avis, Lisbon, Portugal


Apfel Beignets, Zum Gerberstude, Lucerne Switzerland

OR   Boca Negra con Cerezas, Mendoza, Argentina