We are The Good Fork
The Good Fork Restaurant and bar serves eclectic seasonal New American food in a warm and cozy setting. Having opened our doors March of 2006, we have had the pleasure of serving the wonderful Red Hook, Brooklyn community and beyond for over 10 years.
Built by carpenter husband Ben Schneider and cheffed by wife Sohui Kim, The Good Fork is a mom and pop shop unto itself. With its signature curved wood ceiling and hand-made architectural details, it feels like being inside a boat or the diner car of an old train. It boasts an eclectic, globe-trotting menu that has one foot in comfort food and the other in fine dining.
Sohui Kim was born in Seoul Korea and lived there until the age of ten. She grew up in a house where food was of the utmost importance and entertaining was a regular event. In 1981 she immigrated to the United States and took up residence with her family in the Parkchester neighborhood of the Bronx. She discovered the joys of western cuisine such as pizza and doughnuts. After graduating high school she began her undergraduate education at Bowdoin and finished at Barnard with a degree in liberal arts. After working in the architectural publishing business for a while she was on the verge of applying to law school when she got bit by the cooking bug and decided to go to The Institute of Culinary Education instead. She completed her education with an externship at Blue Hill under chefs Dan Barber and Michael Anthony and then went on to work for Anita Lo at Annisa in the West Village. In 2005 she was convinced by her husband Ben to go forth on her own and open The Good Fork.
Ben Schneider is a native New Yorker, having grown up on the upper west side during the 70’s and 80’s. After attending the University of Michigan he spent a decade in Chicago working as an actor and cabinetmaker. In 2001 he moved back to New York and met Sohui when she attended a show he was in with her best friend from the Bronx Okwui Okpokwasili. After impressing her sufficiently with his mother’s osso buco recipe she agreed to marry him and they moved to Red Hook. In 2005 they decided to put his carpentry skills to good use and build The Good Fork.