Surrounded on three sides by sweeping views of the water, Statue of Liberty, lower Manhattan, Governors Island, and Staten Island, Red Hook is a unique little community with an industrial funk. Home to an eclectic mix of artisans and entrepreneurs, people come here to visit the woodworkers, glassblowers, chocolatiers, IKEA (Swedish meatballs, anyone?), and the giant Fairway market. While a bit isolated because it’s not easily accessible by train, the New York Water Taxi makes free trips to and from lower Manhattan. Check out The Good Fork for Korean-accented brunch dishes and then end your night at the Brooklyn Ice House for a cold drink in its backyard patio.