The Village Voice awards Fort Defiance with Best Restaurant In Red Hook 2014

"Here, you'll find homey and deceptively simple American fare built on painstakingly sourced local ingredients. The menu changes with the seasons, and at dinner, the specials — a summer-capturing watermelon salad or pan-seared dorade, for instance — reign supreme."

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The New York Times Magazine really likes our chicken liver pâté!

"I have been eating the chicken-liver pâté at Fort Defiance at least once a month for the past year, sometimes more often... pink and creamy, it comes to the table in a magnificent smear..." —Sam Sifton

Best "Take That, Sandy" Comeback

"Once again offering mean cocktails and a friendly vibe, plus a burger night that's not to be missed, the neighborhood mainstay has proven that nothing—not mold, sewage, or bureaucracy—can keep it from feeding its friends."


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Rebuilding Fort Defiance

"Having no access to the city’s subways, Red Hook is perhaps best known in New York for being hard to get to. But once people do arrive, they tend to stay." —St. John Frizell