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Red Hook Ball Fields Up and Running for 2009 Season

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Vendors fire up their grills and stoves with delicious meals for hungry New Yorkers
Vendors fire up their grills and stoves with delicious meals for hungry New Yorkers

Despite the gloomy weather we’ve been having, utterly un-reminiscent of true spring in NYC, the Red Hook Ball Fields have officially re-opened for the season. For the uninitiated, the Red Hook Ball Fields are a culinary heaven of street food in a hidden location that is rapidly becoming more and more popular. Tucked away in an expansive field not far from the glorious Gowanus Canal, RHBF (as it has become affectionately known to foodies in the NYC area) provides a Latin American gastronomical extravaganza. Plus, you can catch a great game of soccer if you’re lucky, a rarity in the States.

After taking the F or G train to Smith and 9th Streets, wander down to the corner of Clinton and Bay. If the smell of tacos and pupusas has not yet overwhelmed your senses, enter onwards and you’ll understand why food lovers travel upwards of an hour and a half to get here. Come early, or brave the lines later, and bring your cash. The dozen or so vendors you will encounter here will tempt your senses, and your waistline. Guatemalan, Salvadoran, they all combine into one heavenly mix of ceviche, corn on the cob, huaraches, you name it and it’s worth eating here. Plus, you can always claim the walk to and from RHBF as exercise, which means you can eat as much as you can fit inside of your tummy without feeling guilty. OK, maybe that’s just my personal excuse, but if it works for me, it’ll probably work for you!