Last month I took a day trip to New York City! As a kid I relished hopping on the Chinatown buses in Boston’s Chinatown; long before they moved them to South Station and going to New York on Saturday mornings. Back then I usually visited Harlem for my favorite Senegalese dishes at Africa Kine after spending hours in Times Square mesmerized by the lights and the people. Eventually I would make my way down to the Bronx visiting in and around the Fordham University area; all while buying trinkets I didn’t need.
When I moved to DC I spent a great time discovering this area that I totally forgot about New York as I had a new exciting city to capture my attention. For the most part DC has held up its side of the bargain, with an ever changing scene of vibrant restaurants, new places to hang out and the options in the suburbs keep getting better.
Still I had to visit New York after my sister, Nora Joli, decided to plant roots there and start her budding career in PR. Never mind the horror of a Bostonian planting roots in Yankee World but we had a sister’s trip to make up.
The majority of our time was spent in Brooklyn. Our goal was to visit the vineyard Rooftop Reds. Yes there’s a vineyard located in Brooklyn, I promise you it’s there and like everything else in New York; the good stuff (The Bohemian and Beauty & Essex) are always a secret hidden in plain sight.
Rooftop Reds is one of those gems, located on Brooklyn’s waterfront in an unassuming building in the Navy Yard. Getting to the vineyard is a little hard if you don’t know the area as there isn’t a street address detailing its location, nor a sign signaling you’ve arrived at your destination. However, once you make your way out of the Jay Street subway and past the security guard it’s pretty much the second building on the right
The vineyard has vines of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Verdot and Malbec on the rooftop. Our tasting was conducted by Devin, the mastermind behind the vineyard. He gave us a thorough understanding of wine that went beyond the the notes of the wine and into the history of the wine, the fermentation process and the making of the wine.
Rooftop Reds is one of the places that will definitely quickly become the place to be in Brooklyn this summer. There is a great unobstructed view of the New York skyline from the roof. There is also a great chill vibe that will be welcomed as the warm weather returns and more people can enjoy the tables and hammocks under the tealights at night. For all you concert and festival lovers it’s a great place to view the Brooklyn Music Festival. But don’t take our word for it, make Rooftop Reds one of your stops this summer.
Looking for a quick bite after your tasting? Take a yellow cab (if you want to be a real New Yorker) or an Uber down to Cobble Hill and try the Ugly Duckling.
- Do try the Deviled Eggs, Chicken and Waffles (as a waffle hater, this is saying a lot) and the Pear and Goat Goat Cheese salad.
- Do yourself a favor though and skip the Downeast Cider. It sounded like a good idea but the flavor combinations just didn’t work. I was looking for that crisp, clean and refreshing taste that I like from my ciders but this didn’t have it.