Red Hook is a village in Dutchess County, New York, USA. The population was 1,961 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Poughkeepsie–Newburgh–Middletown, NY Metropolitan Statistical Area as well as the larger New York–Newark–Bridgeport, NY-NJ-CT-PA Combined Statistical Area. The name is derived from the Dutch "Roode Hoeck" – hoeck meaning peninsula, and roode meaning red – a reference to the vibrant reds in the area's fall foliage.
The region was part of the Schuyler Patent. The village was formerly "Lower Red Hook" and sometimes referred to as "Hardscrabble".
Nicholas Bonesteel and his wife, Anna Margretha Kuhns, were among the early settlers, possibly as early as 1723. A portion of the Village of Red Hook lies on the easterly part of what once was their farm.