Fort Defiance

4.4
17 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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Fort Defiance is an award-winning cafe-bar in the heart of Red Hook, Brooklyn serving seasonal American cuisine at breakfast, lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch. Equal parts neighborhood hangout and dining destination, Fort Defiance is known for its world-class cocktails, killer coffee, simple and classic food, and warm, welcoming service.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American
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Hours of operation
Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 10:00am - 3:00pm; Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 9:00am - 3:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 10:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday, Wednesday - Friday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(347) 453-6672
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Matt Fleming
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Catering
Please contact Fort Defiance for more information about off-site catering.
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Cross street
Dikeman St
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Parking details
There's typically plenty of available parking within a block of Fort Defiance.
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Public transit
B61 from Park Slope on Van Brunt and Dikeman B61 from Downtown Brooklyn at Van Brunt and Coffey
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wine

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
7.5

Although they’re known for their libations at Fort Defiance, this restaurant doesn’t feel like one of those super-cool, pretentious cocktail dens that we all know too well. It has the promise of the perfect neighborhood spot that, if we lived in this hood, we’d frequent all the time.

Ratings 7.0-7.5:These are your neighborhood standbys - the places that you’ll happily hit for some pasta or a quick salad, but not a restaurant you are bringing your parents or (god forbid) a date to. The true embodiment of good but not great.
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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

I should have got the clue that it wasn't the right choice for a family Mother's Day dinner when we calked to see if anything other than a burger was available for kids and was told that the menu is not really child friendly.
That said the meal was good but nothing special and personally for me felt overpriced for what I received.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fort D is one of the reasons Red Hook is such a great place to live (and visit).

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r
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Rarely in Red Hook so took the opportunity to visit this local eatery. Nice neighborhood vibe, friendly and cozy. Well-prepared dishes, generous portion size. Excellent lentil soup and scallops, skirt steak and Ceasar salad also quite good. Limited menu but a lot of care it put into what is offered. Reasonable prices as well.

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k
Washington DC
67 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We ate here because it was close to Pioneer Works and a friend recommended it. The food was okay, but I thought considering what rents are in Red Hook, it was somewhat overpriced. Did not seem to scare away patrons however. They were quite busy for a Wednesday night.

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JG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2016
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

Everything was great...except for the beer selection which was limited and of poor quality.

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TB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service are consistently good and well above average.

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Everything was perfect except the main course of noodles were lacking in veggies which made it unbalanced.

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Austin
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

This is one of my favorite restaurants in Brooklyn. Despite the surging hipness happening in Red Hook this restaurant remains a local hangout.

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BA
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

I've been to Ft. Defiance many times, most often for a late lunch on a weekday, but also on weekday, Friday and Sunday evenings. Last Saturday, it was already noisy and well-occupied by 5:30 when the kitchen opened. I reserved a table for 5 at 5:30, with a special request for seating by the front window. This may be impossible to adhere to on a Saturday evening. The interior table wasn't bad, but the increasingly raucus crowd echoed more loudly than it might have by the window. In spite of a very full house, service was exemplary, the burgers highly praised by the first-time guests, the asparagus made the non-red meat crowd happy, and the stellar chocolate pudding with hazelnut brittle happily devoured by all. But probably won't try a Saturday night again.

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SB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went for their Wednesday oyster special and was not disappointed. Great service and good selection of beer to go the oysters. What else would you want?

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Went here for a night out with the husband, it happened to be burger night . Great burger, wonderful wine list. Nice neighborhood spot with some sweet brooklyn families.

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fort Defiance continues to be one of my favorite spots in Brooklyn. I'm so jealous that my brother and his family live almost across the street! The wine list is great, the cocktails are innovative and delicious, the food never disappoints, and Monday Burger Night and Wednesday Oysters and Muscadet are the best! I wish I had a Fort in my hood!

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CD
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2016
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

I had (wrongly, it turns out) presumed Fort Defiance was going to be a typical Brooklyn Bar (a bit scruffy, loud, lots of bearded guys, many beer choices, nice but incompetent waiters) but it is in fact a lovely, very well decorated, moderately noisy (not too bad) restaurant, cozy inside, wonderful lighting, excellent service, good food (portions on the smallish side but not bad), with a bunch of (cute) bearded guys.

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A
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

This is a place that needs a revisit again and again like it's your dining room. The food is so uncomplicated it entice your taste buds for more. The risotto with the toasted pistachios is excellent so is the Bronzino. And the cocktails are so potent its buzz lingers on thru out the meal.

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b
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We asked for dietary modification and they were gracious and the risotto was delis as was the lentil soup. Cozy, friendly vibe, limited variety but what we had was very nice.

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m
New York Area
134 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2015
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Very casual and comfortable but this place knows how to serve good food and interesting drinks.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2015
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 1

The burger I had was tasty. We were seated next to a window which was wide open and it was a chilly night. We weren't able to close it because there was someone dining on the window sill from the outside. If you're a hipster, this is probably the place for you. Not so much for me.

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