May, 2015. Erin Parker, Contributor for Juicy Highlights
Craving for seafood and eager to try the Brooklyn Crab for quite some time, I made my way down to what will soon be a completely new innovative neighborhood offering restaurants, offices, shops, and luxury housing. On the waterfront of Red Hook, Brooklyn the restaurant pays homage to a Maryland style crab shack offering great food, fun and games and spectacular views of the New York Harbor.
Upon entrance the nostalgic vibe of the picnic tables and old school Chevy parked outside led to a good feeling of something great going on here. It was Tuesday night and brisk which made for a crowd of few. Some were braving it downstairs at the outside bar substituting alcohol for heat while others like myself sat upstairs. The inside space was quite small but there was plenty of room at the bar.
The drink menu offered specialty drinks from Crab Coolers with infused vodka to Rum Punch Bowls for 2. There was a full bar with a variety of specialty beers such as Harpoon UFO and Six point Hop Break. Wines were offered by the bottle or glass and drink prices were fairly reasonable starting at $7. I stuck to something basic with a Pina Colada. Our bartender/server was super friendly even allowing me to substitute my rum with cognac free of charge. The drink was quite refreshing and offered a solid portion of cognac.
There was a raw bar which featured oysters and clams and your basic New England specialties such as clam chowder. Starters featured items such as Blur Crab Fritters, Hand on Peel and Eat Shrimp and Atlantic Seared Scallops starting at $12. I opted for the Fried Calamari and Marinara sauce which was fried to perfection and had a spicy kick which enhanced the flavor.
For dinner you can have a sandwich if you’re not in the mood for getting your hands dirty. They have Shrimp and Catfish Po’boys, Crab Rolls, and even serve up an old school patty melt pressed and covered in caramelized onions, Swiss cheese, stuffed between Rye toasts. Sandwiches go for $13 and up. If you’re one up for the challenge of using your mallet and claws you can go for the crab and lobster steam pots.
You can choose from Traditional Snow Crabs to Dungeness Crabs and pick your choice of flavor from Cajun to Garlic Butter. Depending on the night you can get a chef’s specialty pot which offers multiple seafood options. All steam pots are served with corn, coleslaw and butter and start at $28. If you’re in the mood for the lobster make sure to bring extra cash as it is only offered in the Brooklyn Crab Royale for 2 for a whopping $105. This is served with an assortment of 3 types of crabs with Maine Lobster. I chose the Traditional Snow Crab Pot in garlic butter. The crabs were fresh and the garlic butter sauce was delightful. The corn was nice and sweet and the coleslaw was mild and refreshing.
There were other items on the entrée menu such as your seafood basics, Shrimp Baskets, Seafood Stew, and Atlantic salmon. Prices started at $18. The overall experience combined with the delicious food made for a great choice. I can’t wait to comeback as the weather gets warmer although I can ensure you to get there early as the locals and new comers to the neighborhood are filling this place up on summer days.