West Village Specialty

Establishment neighborhood
The Red Hook
8025 Agnes St., West Village
Named after the neighborhood in Brooklyn, The Red Hook was started by a couple who met there before moving to Detroit together. The brand is now two Michigan locations strong: One is in Ferndale and the second Detroit, about four miles outside of Downtown, and on the same West Village street as the excellent happy hour spot Craft Work. On one side of the café is the coffee bar and pastry display case and on the other side a fairly zen space (at least in the early morning hours) for reading or catching up on work. Potentially also handy: The Red Hook keeps a box of toys and little kid entertainment by its door. While you're in the area, with coffee in hand, take a walk a few blocks east to Iroquois and then north to wander through historic Indian Village. Many of the picturesque homes in this residential neighborhood date back to the early 20th-century, and were built by major architects—Albert Kahn, Louis Kamper and William Stratton—for Detroiters like Edsel Ford (son of Henry Ford).