Red Hook Rising

Botanica. Photo: Elliot Black

The new Pok Pok Ny isn’t exactly in Red Hook, but it’s close enough to have brought some attention to the out-of-the-way area of late. Now Brooklyn Based brings word of some other exciting new developments in Kings County’s seafaring village of a hood: It seems that charming Botanica is set to reopen next week with food from none other than … Saul Bolton of Saul and the Vanderbilt, who also happens to be one of the borough’s handful of Michelin-starred chefs. The Latin-leaning menu is described as “Meta-Caribbeana.” Meanwhile, Jalopy’s owners have opened Jalopy Tavern, at 317 Columbia Street, with a big backyard, sixteen beers on tap, and soon, lunch and dinner. And seafood shack Brooklyn Crab is due at 24 Reed Street hopefully by June. All aboard the IKEA ferry. [Brooklyn Based]