Over 50 restaurants, distilleries, and wineries based in Red Hook and immediate neighborhoods will offer a broad selection of their signature dishes and drinks.


September, 2015. Industry Headlines.

Taste of Red Hook is the annual fundraiser for the Red Hook Initiative (RHI), a community-based nonprofit that confronts poverty in Red Hook, Brooklyn, through a model focused on youth development, community building, and local hiring. The event now has its home at Liberty Warehouse, 260 Conover Street.

Over 50 restaurants, distilleries, and wineries based in Red Hook and immediate neighborhoods will offer a broad selection of their signature dishes and drinks.

Over 50 restaurants, distilleries, and wineries based in Red Hook and immediate neighborhoods will offer a broad selection of their signature dishes and drinks.

Over 50 restaurants, distilleries, and wineries based in Red Hook and immediate neighborhoods will offer a broad selection of their signature dishes and drinks. Among some of the many highlights include Grindhaus, Fort Defiance, Red Hook Lobster Pound, Brooklyn Crab, Fleisher’s, Defonte’s, Buttermilk Channel, Carla Hall’s Southern Kitchen, Nightingale9, Shelsky’s Smoked Fish, The Good Fork, Van Brunt Stillhouse, Red Hook Winery, Saxelby Cheese, Brooklyn Ice House, Baked, and Blue Marble.

Red Hook, a neighborhood lacking a subway stop and separated from the rest of Brooklyn by a towering highway, has long been home to an isolated and close-knit community. In the past 15 years, the neighborhood’s demographics, especially along Red Hook’s waterfront, have changed dramatically, giving way to restaurants, boutiques, and galleries. RHI is working to leverage the new growth, wealth, and population in the neighborhood, and to create connections between long-time, low-income residents and newer, wealthier ones.

RHI serves over 2,000 community members each year, and its youth empowerment pipeline serves more than 350 participants each year with academic support, professional development, and leadership opportunities. 90 percent of RHI’s growing staff are from Red Hook.

At the Taste of Red Hook, local restaurants and bars, wineries, distilleries, donate their time and product to raise money for the whole neighborhood. And the local restaurants have hired young community members that are referred by RHI for apprenticeships. Kevin’s, a Red Hook favorite seafood spot, has actively employed youth from the community over the last three years. “We are proud to participate in Taste of Red Hook,” says Kevin Moore, owner of Kevin’s. “Taste is an opportunity for the neighborhood to unite not only around food and drink, but also around Red Hook Initiative’s mission of youth empowerment.”

In October 2012, Hurricane Sandy devastated Red Hook, leaving residents without electricity or heat for nearly a month. In the immediate wake of the storm, RHI operated as the neighborhood recovery hub, distributing food and supplies, delivering meals to homebound residents, and organizing volunteers to clear water and debris from local businesses. Its mission drastically changed from focusing on empowerment programs for the disadvantaged to bailing out water, saving businesses and ensuring the health and safety of residents.

One such business is Red Hook Winery, located attractively right on the waterfront. Mark Snyder, owner of Red Hook Winery, says, “Quite simply, we wouldn’t be here without Red Hook Initiative, especially after the storm.”

In the last few months, Red Hook Winery crafted three wines specifically for RHI, which will make their debut at Taste of Red Hook. RHI’s “Digital Stewards,” young adults who are trained in technology and media, designed the labels, researching the history of the neighborhood and consulting with industry experts in the process. Red Hook Winery will donate all proceeds from these wines to RHI.

Another way RHI marries its mission of youth development to local businesses is through the creation of videos publicizing restaurants, shops, and bars. Young adults trained in media and video production work with local establishments such as Hometown, Fort Defiance, and Brooklyn Crab to help them tell their stories on camera. Businesses gain free exposure and a finished video, while RHI young adults gain experience in production.

And the Taste of Red Hook funds all these programs. “Taste of Red Hook is a unique event in our neighborhood,” says Jill Eisenhard, RHI’s founding executive director. “It is one of the few occasions where small business owners, home owners, public housing residents, elected officials, and local supporters are all gathered under one roof. Not only is it a fun event, the proceeds also contribute to true systemic change and pathways out of poverty for Red Hook youth.”

This year’s event includes an inaugural culinary committee, featuring Carla Hall, co-host of The Chew and owner of Carla Hall’s Southern Kitchen; Evyn Block, the founder of her eponymous food and lifestyle media company; and Sohui Kim, co-owner of acclaimed Red Hook restaurant The Good Fork.

Source: Red Hook Initiative Set for 9th Annual Taste of Red Hook – FSR magazine


September, 2015. ExploringUSA for Exploring NY.

The area of Red Hook in Brooklyn is not a place that’s known by many of those who aren’t from the city and for many that do, it is mostly known as the place that has an Ikea.  Over the past few years this perception has started to change as this area which had primarily been a seedy neighborhood dedicated to shipping has slowly been changing its image with the opening of artist studios and restaurants.  Hurricane Sandy did a number on the area but since then this area has been thriving as the trend of Brooklyn neighborhoods that has been out of favor are making a dramatic comeback.  A big reason why Red Hook should be on your lists of places to visit is a fantastic seafood restaurant called Brooklyn Crab.  Having opened in 2012, this seafood lovers paradise was modeled after a Maryland style crab shack built right on the New York harbor.  If you are craving some delicious seafood and looking to get away from the craziness that is New York City without having to travel to far, then this is the perfect place for you.

The Brooklyn Crab is the antithesis of most bars and restaurants in the city in that its over three stories tall and could possibly fit around 500+ people inside of it at one time.  With most restaurants in Manhattan being barely larger than a walk in closet, this place boasts not only a fantastic open air bar on the first floor, but a second one on the large back patio, and a third semi inclosed bar on the second floor deck.  With three floors, this is a restaurant that really is unmatched in size.  Brooklyn Crab resembles a bar you would more likely find on the beaches of Florida than on a waterfront in Red Hook.  The food is what you would expect from a place called Brooklyn Crab, specializing in all things seafood from raw oysters and clams to steamed crabs and fried shrimp.  Really having a wide variety of seafood options along with sandwiches and salads, this is a very casual environment that is perfect for shorts, t-shirts, and flip flops.  This is a great place to don a lobster bib, get out your shell crackers, and feast on some delicious food.

The one downside of the bar is that it isn’t easily accessible for most people since Red Hook is one of those Brooklyn neighborhoods that doesn’t have a subway conveniently close.  If you don’t have a car your only real options are to ride a bike, navigate on the bus, or to take the Ikea ferry from Manhattan.  The ferry ride is a fantastic trip (giving you a great view of the lower Manhattan skyline as well as the statue of liberty) as it takes all of about 15 minutes to go from downtown Manhattan to the Fairway Market pier.  Even with a slightly complicated trip, this is one of the best casual outdoor bars in the entire city.  This is the opposite of the high end roof top bar scene with inexpensive drinks and cocktails and a wide range of outdoor games like shuffle board, corn hole, and even a small mini golf course.  Very few bars can match the kind of activities or outdoor space that Brooklyn Crab has to offer and in a environment that makes you feel like you are very far away from one of the biggest cities in the world.

Brooklyn really can offer up a lot of different types of restaurants but Brooklyn Crab really is in a class by itself with its unique location, size, and food.  Great for large groups of people or just when you are looking for something to do on a casual Saturday afternoon in the sun you really can’t have a bad time when visiting Brooklyn Crab!

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Source: Brooklyn Crab – Brooklyn’s home for fun and seafood | Exploring NY

Dig in to a seafood spread at Brooklyn Crab. (Credit: Ariel Kanter)

amny logoAugust, 2015. Ariel Kanter for am New York.

Labor Day is coming up. Do you have plans yet? If you’ve depleted your bank account from summering in the Hamptons or can’t imagine another LIRR trip, spend some time in Red Hook. The food is excellent, the neighborhood is as casual and cool as it gets and you can get away without very much effort at all.

Even though it specializes in desserts, I can’t help but start my trips to Red Hook at Baked (359 Van Brunt St., 718-222-0345). There’s always something new to try there, whether you prefer a classic brownie, a blueberry lemon loaf or a red velvet cupcake. Another sweet stop is Steve’s Authentic Key Lime Pies (185 Van Dyke St., 718-858-5333). Its pies are available full-sized or in individual 4-inch tarts — the latter perfect for grabbing and going while you explore the neighborhood.

For some grub, a classic stop is Brooklyn Crab (24 Reed St., 718-643-2722). Especially now that the weather is a bit less oppressive, you can post up at the tri-level space for a few hours. If there’s a wait for a table, play some games. Then head to the bar for a refreshing drink, like the Crab Cooler. Once you’re seated, dig in to my personal favorite, the popcorn shrimp, and then a blue crab roll on the butteriest split-top bun. If you have a crew, definitely get a steampot or two.

Time really is of the essence for Chiang Mai (293 Van Brunt St., 646-858-5185), a new pop-up in the home/made space helmed by Kao Soy alum Kanlaya Supachana. Find a variety of Northern Thai delicacies, mostly in the form of small plates, such as grilled prawns in a garlic lime sauce and jin som mok — grilled and fermented ground pork with pig’s ear, garlic and chili in banana leaves. The pop-up last six months, so get your act together and hop on the B61.

Ariel Kanter is an editor at Gilt City.

Source: Where to eat in Red Hook before summer is over | am New York


July, 2015. House of Hao’s.

Brooklyn Crab is a seafood shack with a distinctly neighborhood feel, and fewer noticeably commercial tchotchkes on the walls than you’d otherwise expect, given the sometimes-on-weekend profusion of bros & the women who love them.  Depending on your seat, you’ll have a view of Brooklyn, the Red Hook Fairway building, or the waterfront, the Statue of Liberty vaguely in the distance.  But it’s this neighborhood vibe that lingers, just 20 easy minutes (via water taxi) from downtown Manhattan.  Almost Floridian or Orange County-esque.  And what a relief to escape to a place like this.

Where the Cajun shrimp are plump and juicy, bathed in cayenne & lemon & celery salt.


Where you order crab legs steamed in butter, with a side of clarified butter for dipping.  Where you alternate between using the tools and your teeth, methodically extracting the salty-sweet fruit from its crunchy husk.


Where you put butter even on the corn, because it’s just right thing to do, goddamn it.

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Source: Red Hook Redux: Brooklyn Crab – NYC « House of Hao’s

photo: New York Notes

New York Notes

June, 2015. Rikke Lunau Storm.

Summer has finally hit the city and the warm tropical nights are back. I love the ambience of the city when people are sitting outside in the sidewalk restaurants and the whole city is waking up from its winter hibernation.

This Saturday, the weather called for an outside dinner. At Brooklyn Crab in Red Hook you sit close to the water and it feels like you’re at the beach, extremely casual, with a great selection of seafood on the menu. It’s a very kid-friendly place with activities like miniature golf, a pinball machine, games, etc. You don’t find a lot of places like this in New York.

Fish and chips were popular at our table – the kids’ choice and mine. The fish was fried in a beer batter that was very crunchy and the fish inside was soft and juicy, served with coleslaw and a tartar sauce. So yummy. My husband had the lobster roll and a friend had the tuna burger; both of these were also highly commended. I like how they serve the food in baskets and zinc trays — it  goes very well with the place and adds to the authenticity.

When we were going to have dessert it began to rain. This is also one of the charming things about living in New York — if you like rain! As the summers can be very humid, there is often a lot of rain and thunderstorms, but this can be nice when it’s warm and the rain freshens up the air.

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Source: Brooklyn Crab — New York Notes

Juicy Highlights


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.

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Source: » Craving For Seafood And Eager To Try Some Crab Coolers? Brooklyn Crab Is The New Summer Spot !

Redhookwaterfront_logoMay, 2015. Redhook Waterfront.




Red Hook is known for its warehouses, but the spacious waterfront can make it seem a world away from the rest of Brooklyn. It’s also the ideal spot to indulge in some seafood and relaxation.




In June of 2012, the owners of Brooklyn Mexican restaurant Alma, itself located on a Columbia Street waterfront rooftop, finished Brooklyn Crab, which overlooks New York Harbor from 24 Reed Street.




The rustic, no-frills decor of Brooklyn Crab is inspired by Maryland crab shacks. The open-air restaurant serves up family-style seafood along with staggering views and outdoor games for adults and kids alike.




The seafood menu features delicacies hailing from the uppermost tip of the Atlantic Coast all the way down to the Gulf of Mexico, including Maine lobster, Sewansecott oysters, and Prince Edward Island clams.




While the kids play beanbag toss, bocce, and mini-golf on the lower deck, adults can sip beers, play pool, or chow down on crabs at the picnic tables.





The second-floor bar has the charming feel of a New England watering hole…




…and the top terrace offers unforgettable views of the New York City skyline. If you time it just right, you will get a free fantastic sunset along with your meal.




If the weather’s beautiful, you really have no excuse. Grab some friends, come on down to Brooklyn Crab, and celebrate summer the way it was meant to be celebrated!





Source: Tenant Profile: Brooklyn Crab | Red Hook Waterfront Brooklyn NYC

The Red Hook neighbourhood is a scenic 20-minute ferry ride from lower Manhattan. (Michael Falco for The Globe and Mail)

Globe and Mail

New York may be one of the most visited cities on the planet, but it is also one of the least explored – at least by tourists. Outsiders tend to concentrate themselves into a few quadrants, barely venturing across the water to see Williamsburg before scrambling back to the safety of midtown Manhattan.

I was guilty of similar behaviour until I lived and studied in the city a few years ago. Brooklyn, unsurprisingly, I found to be New York’s most dynamic borough. And while I toured it thoroughly, I never ventured as far as the sleepy bayside neighbourhood of Red Hook – tucked into a hard-to-reach enclave, just far enough away to dissuade most travellers from checking it out. It was not until I returned after several years away that I found the neighbourhood the same way most New Yorkers discover it: on a trip to Ikea. When local friends suggested we spend a Saturday eating Swedish meatballs and looking at furniture, I hesitated, figuring that we’d be heading to suburban New Jersey. But I agreed when I heard that Ikea was actually in Red Hook, which I suggested we explore before hunting for new linens. The name rang a bell, and conjured up images of Marlon Brando in On the Waterfront.

We trekked to the downtown ferry near the South Street Seaport and waited in line with hordes of Ikea shoppers, already armed with blue and yellow tarp bags.

The Red Hook neighbourhood is a scenic 20-minute ferry ride from lower Manhattan. (Michael Falco for The Globe and Mail)

The ferry ride (free on weekends) takes roughly 20 minutes and offers pleasant views of the Manhattan skyline and the Statue of Liberty. Knowing little about where I was headed, I decided to do some research on my phone during the crossing. Although the neighbourhood is now quite isolated, it played a central role in the city’s history over the past four centuries. Settled by the Dutch in the mid-17th century, the region was initially called “Roode Hoek” due to its red trees and pointed shape, which juts out into New York Bay. A battleground in the American Revolutionary War, the area eventually turned into a major shipyard that employed about 7,000 people by the 1940s. Irish and Italian dockworkers gave the neighbourhood a tough reputation in the 20th century, with even Al Capone apparently having had his face slashed there (earning him the nickname “Scarface”). Container shipping eventually made Red Hook’s docks obsolete and the area crumbled. The Gowanus Expressway cut it off from the rest of Brooklyn both geographically and undoubtedly economically as well. Between 1960 and 1980 the neighbourhood went from 18,000 to 10,000 residents.

Two events have marked the more recent history of the neighbourhood: the controversial opening of Ikea in 2008 (it replaced a historic working dry dock) and Hurricane Sandy, which flooded the streets, cut power and caused many businesses to shut their doors for months and some forever.

Widow Jane Distillery. (Alexander Besant)

As the ferry neared the dock, I began to lower my expectations. Red Hook, I figured, would be a sightseeing tour of urban decay. I could not have been more wrong. While Ikea and the (impressive) grocery store Fairway might be the first sights one sees upon arrival, just a few streets back Red Hook becomes a village from another era. The neighbourhood is a mishmash of red brick buildings, two-storey clapboard houses and warehouses that either sit empty or have been converted into various artistic endeavours.

Our first stop was the Widow Jane Distillery and its adjoining Cacao Prieto, housed in a beautiful old factory. The combination boutique distillery and chocolate factory is a gourmand’s dream. We quickly got down to tasting (samples are just a few dollars) and eventually to buying. The next stop was Lobster Pound, a beloved business where I had a sweet and tender Maine lobster roll on a hot-dog bun. The place is basic, but the friendly service and wonderful flavours had me immediately following its popular Manhattan food truck on Twitter in case I wanted a repeat before leaving town.

A friendly neighborhood bakery that serves excellent sweets and has its own cookbook. (Michael Falco for The Globe and Mail)

For dessert, we popped into Baked, a coffee shop/bakery with sumptuous treats including sweet-and-salty brownies and chocolate bourbon pecan pie. Boozed and fed, we wandered up and down Van Brunt Street, Red Hook’s main thoroughfare, exploring the neighborhood’s oddly upmarket shops, which do not quite suit the dockyard backdrop. One standout was Foxy & Winston, a cute textile and print shop that doubles as the art studio for designer Jane Buck. I also liked Wooden Sleepers, a men’s wear shop that specializes in vintage Americana jackets and outerwear. It’s not cheap, but buying one-of-a-kind items never is.

“Red Hook has become a quaint waterfront village over the past few years,” my friend and local Ben Preston said later, as we discussed the sharp contrast of chic boutiques and shuttered factories. “… Right now, it’s a nice blend of dockworker dumpy and urban maritime chic, with all different kinds of people mixing together in a unique small-town nook.”

As my group walked back to the ferry, the sun was setting and the sky was lit up bright red; the Statue of Liberty glowed a burning orange pink. Couples lingered, taking in the view, and children ran down the piers chasing a soccer ball – a rare moment of serenity in the urban jungle. We never did make it to Ikea, but none of us minded much.

Sunny’s has reopened after repairing massive damage from Hurricane Sandy. (Alexander Besant)

A few more nighttime visits to Red Hook would cement my love for it. Places such as Sunny’s and Bait and Tackle stand out as some of the last “authentic” New York dive bars. Botanica, with its sorrel-laced concoctions and simple but elegant decor, became one of my favourite cocktail bars. And I realized that Brooklyn Crab – home to a party atmosphere, buckets of beer and crustaceans, a huge roof deck and a minigolf course – is truly something special in one of the world’s densest cities.

Gentrification has arrived in Red Hook – but it has moved at a slower pace than other parts of this metropolis. In a city with few affordable places left to live, rents will surely increase, driving locals farther afield, as was the case in Williamsburg and Park Slope. No wonder residents have adopted a motto, spotted frequently on bumper stickers: “Welcome to Red Hook. Now Git!”


There are two ways to get to Red Hook without a car. The first is to take a ferry from lower Manhattan at Pier 11, which is $10 on weekdays and free on weekends. The more circuitous route is by public transit on the F train to the Carroll Street stop. From there it’s about a 20-minute walk or five-minute taxi trip.

Where to eat and drink

Baked: A friendly neighborhood bakery that serves excellent sweets and has its own cookbook. 359 Van Brunt St.

Bait and Tackle: A fishing tackle shop turned neighborhood pub, this place is a hidden New York classic.320 Van Brunt St.

Botanica: A simple and elegant cocktail bar that serves creative drinks with unusual ingredients. 220 Conover St.

Brooklyn Crab: A three-storey stilt building with big crowds, lots of tender crab and an 18-hole minigolf course.24 Reed St.

Fairway Market: A massive supermarket with an inviting atmosphere, great coffee and a lovely patio overlooking the water in summer. 500 Van Brunt St.

Lobster Pound: A simple and delicious spot for lobster rolls two ways: the warm Connecticut version or the cold New England one. Closed until spring 2015 for renovations. 284 Van Brunt St.

Sunny’s: The neighbourhood’s most well-known bar, once popular with longshoremen, has reopened after repairing massive damage from Hurricane Sandy. 253 Conover St.

Where to shop

Botta di Vino: Purveyor of Italian wine displayed by region as well as other paraphernalia for enjoying a bottle. 357 Van Brunt St.

Erie Basin: Expertly curated vintage and antique jewellery and other objects. 388 Van Brunt St.

Wooden Sleepers: Vintage men’s wear shop specializing in leather jackets and other outerwear. 416 Van Brunt St.

Foxy & Winston: A textile and paper shop with stationery, clothing and tablecloths designed in-house. 392 Van Brunt St.

Widow Jane Distillery/Cacao Prieto: A gourmand’s paradise specializing in housemade whiskey and chocolates. 214 Conover St.

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Source: The Brooklyn ’hood you haven’t explored yet (and really should) – The Globe and Mail

via Grand Central Oyster Bar


September, 2014. Margaret Bortner for Brokelyn.

Upset because you didn’t make it to the beach? That’s your own fault and nothing we  can do about it. However, while summer is drawing to a close, Brooklyn keeps it real by providing a taste of the sea with multiple $1 oyster specials. Here’s the scoop on where to go if you want to pinch pennies and still have a sexy* good time eating everyone’s favorite summer aphrodisiac.

Bedford Hall
1177 Bedford Ave. (between Putnam and Jefferson), Bed-Stuy
Weekdays, 3pm – 8pm; weekends, 4pm – 8pm
Type of oyster: Selection varies; currently Blue Point

Looking for somewhere to catch dollar oysters, $4 Jameson shots during happy hour (Monday – Friday, 3pm – 7pm, Saturday & Sunday 4pm – 8pm), jazz brunch, and the occasional burlesque show?  Look no further than Bedford Hall!

Littleneck 288 Third Avenue (between President and Carroll), Gowanus
Monday-Friday,  5pm – 7pm
Type of oyster: Shucker’s choice

A slice of New England in the heart of Gowanus, Littleneck also has a full raw bar, $3 Naragansett, and offers off-site catering. Have them do your next event, or lobster roll your way over there for in-house service.


Brooklyn Crab
24 Reed Street (between Conover Street and Van Brunt Street), Red Hook
Monday and Tuesday, all day
Type of oyster: Oyster of the Day; almost always Barcat

Come for the oysters, stay for the mini golf!  While the garden of Brooklyn Crab is no longer a miniature golf mecca, it still has eight holes to putt through before/during/after digging into those oysters.  Eat and drink in the newly christened “Reed Park” backyard, play some cornhole, and enjoy ridiculously cheap, crisp and cold Naragansett Lager on tap ($3 all day Monday & Tuesday). Welcome to seafood paradise.  

188 Grand Street (between Bedford Avenue and Driggs Avenue), Williamsburg
Daily, 5pm – 7:30pm
Type of oyster: Blue Point and other various catches

Cadaques’ deal is part of their daily happy hour that also features $4 beer and $2 off glasses of wine.  They also feature an all-you-can-eat mussels deal on Mondays, $16 all night long.  Tuesdays are Ladies’ Nights, with half price bubbly all night to go with those delicious oysters (if you’re a lady).

The Castello Plan
1213 Cortelyou Road (between Westminster Road and Argyle Road), Ditmas Park
Saturday, 4pm – 8pm
Type of oyster: Various; usually East Coast

In addition to The Castello Plan’s $1 oyster deal, they also boast $10 all-you-can-eat mussels on Mondays 6pm -11pm.


Lobster Joint
1073 Manhattan Avenue (between Dupont Street and Eagle Street), Greenpoint
Monday – Friday, 4pm – 7pm
Type of oyster: Various; usually East Coast

$1 oysters are not the only deal served up during Lobster Joint’s happy hour.  You can also score $4 sliders (lobster, crab cake, or fried oyster), deals on draughts and cocktails, including $16 beer pitchers and $24 cocktail pitchers.

688 Franklin Avenue (between Prospect Pl. and Park Pl. ), Crown Heights
Daily, 5pm. – 6:30pm and during lunch service (11am – 3pm)
Type of oyster: Selection varies

Whether drinking a brewski and watching the game at the bar, or having a classy four course meal in the dining room, make sure oysters are involved. Looking for something to pair it with? House wine is $6 during happy hour, well drinks are $5 and draft beer is $4. 

Miller’s Tavern
2 Hope Street (between Roebling Street and Havemeyer Street), Williamsburg
Daily, 5pm – 7pm
Type of oyster: Selection varies; currently Montauk Pearls

Pair your oysters with Miller’s Tavern’s selection of artisanal cheeses and a glass of wine. They also serve something called “coffee can bread.” Yes, please!

221 Knickerbocker Avenue (between Troutman Street and Starr Street), Bushwick
Monday – Friday, 4pm. – 7 pm and Saturday – Sunday, 5pm – 7pm
Type of oyster: Selection varies

Enjoy the oyster special in the backyard garden of this Bushwick bistro, and then find a way to stick around for their late night $6 selected cocktails and $5 beer + shot happy hour, from midnight to 1am.


1433 Bedford Avenue (between Prospect Pl. and Park Pl.), Crown Heights
Daily, 4:30pm – 7:30pm
Type of oyster: Malbecs, Blue Points, but the selection can vary

You’re already getting the oysters cheap at this New Orleans-inspired restaurant/bar, so we say put the savings towards their Vooodoo-style bloody mary which comes with shrimp and crab meat. It’s usually $12, but $2 is knocked off every drink at happy hour, so it’ll run you $10 instead. Time a seafood party!

221 South 1st Street (between Driggs Avenue and Roebling Street), Williamsburg
Sunday and Monday, all day; Tuesday – Saturday, 6pm – 8pm
Type of oysters: Barcats from Virginia, Cup Cakes from Long Island

Feelin’ fancy? Well, you are in Williamsburg, but if you’re there at the right time you can take advantage of Desnuda’s oysters from the mysterious lands of Virginia. Keep in mind that there’s a one-drink minimum but you were gonna get a drink though anyway, right?

141 Broadway (between Bedford Avenue and Driggs Avenue), Williamsburg
Daily, midnight – 2am
Type of oysters: Varies, usually from the East Coast

OK, so this special doesn’t go down until late at night. On the other hand, if you’re on a date in Williamsburg and it’s that late at night, what could be better for the aforementioned sexy times than $1 oysters slurped down before the two of you grossly make out on the subway ride home?

Grand Central Oyster Bar Brooklyn
256 5th Avenue (between Carroll Street and Garfield Pl.), Park Slope
Tuesday – Friday, 4pm – 7pm
Type of oysters: Long Island Blue Points, Prince Edward Island Malpeques

This Manhattan import fortunately leaves the Manhattan prices back where they belong (Manhattan). Beyond the $1 oysters and $5 drafts or house red or white, you can choose appetizers like dry-rubbed ribs, fish tacos and mussels during their “7 for 7″ deal.

789 Franklin Avenue (between St. Johns Pl. and Lincoln Pl.), Crown Heights
Monday and Tuesday, all day; Wednesday – Friday, 5pm – 7pm
Type of oysters: Blue Point

Getting over a case of the Mondays or the Tuesdays with all-night $1 oysters seems like as good a way as any to do it, especially when combined with happy hour beer or wine priced at $3 or $7.

Maison Premiere
298 Bedford Avenue (between Grand Street and South 1st Street), Williamsburg
Monday – Friday, 4pm – 7pm
Type of oyster: Large variety of  East Coast and West Coast

Maison Premiere also has an extensive menu of non-$1 oysters, as well as the largest collection of premium absnithes in New York City.  Follow the green fairy to oyster nirvana.

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September, 2014. Dave Katz for Tasting Table.

Yeah, yeah yeah: Summer’s over. But it’s still (mostly) nice out there. And we’re not quite ready to say goodbye.

So in the spirit of keeping the vacation vibe alive, we’re making the rounds of a few spots that feel like a little bit of the beach in the city.

First up, the aptly named Crabby Shack in Crown Heights. Look for the big blue and white facade on Franklin Avenue. Friends and owners Gwen Woods and Fifi Bell are new to the food industry and are on a mission to get people to love and respect the lowly crab the way they do the lobster. And the crab roll ($12) is a pretty good argument: potato roll, lots of garlic butter and Alaskan snow crab steamed and topped with fresh cilantro.

Says Woods, “We want to be doing something different.”

The duo seems to have managed exactly that from humble beginnings, funding the project through Kickstarter with the slogan “If you love crab, you will help us” as their battle cry. Also different: Ambitious guests can crack their own Alaskan snow crab ($17) ready for some Old Bay on the distressed wooden tables if they want to get their hands dirty. See? It’s like summer never ended.

Another part of Brooklyn, another seafood shack: Red Hook’s Brooklyn Crab is the kind of shack that’s built over three levels with a ground-floor games area (mini golf! bean bag toss!) flanked by a large bar ideal for day-drinking. They’ve got a gooey mac and cheese ($5) to soak up the booze and round out the seafood on the menu. But keep in mind: This isn’t a fine-dining establishment. You’re here for the buckets of beers and views over the Hudson River for miles.

Speaking of brews with a side of views, Greenpoint’s Northern Territory has a camp-cabin feel to it from the minute you walk inside, with its woodsy interior and Mason jar water glasses. The bar may be a bit of a trek, but it’s well worth it for its healthy selection of beer and cocktails and its gorgeous, sprawling roof deck overlooking the Manhattan skyline. After bounding up a long set of stairs (keep the return trip in mind as you sip), the outdoor wooden booths turn out to be a beautiful place to watch the sun set.

For dessert, because nothing tastes sweeter in warm weather, we’re thinking ice cream. Specifically, the creative concoctions coming out of Stef Ferrari’s little tasting room Hay Rosie in Carroll Gardens. The rotating selection might include summer-feeling new classics such as Key Lime Pie, Bananas Ferrari (a salty take on Bananas Foster) or the incredibly rich chocolate malt with honeyed peanut butter. If you close your eyes on the red adirondack chairs in front, you might even forget it’s September.

Source: Celebrate the End of Summer at Brooklyn Crab, Hay Rosie and Crabby Shack | Tasting Table NYC

huffpotravelJuly, 2013. Beth J. Harpaz for Huffington Post, New York (AP).

In the last 40 years, Brooklyn has evolved from a joke to the ‘hood to a brand. Today, neighborhoods all over the borough are flourishing. The working-class industrial neighborhood of Red Hook has been part of that transformation, with shopping, restaurants and waterfront parks drawing a steady stream of visitors.

One of Red Hook’s most popular eateries is Brooklyn Crab. Its open-air, three-story building offers a friendly, funky bar at street level; picnic tables with colorful umbrellas up one flight; and a roof deck with a view of the Statue of Liberty. The backyard has a minigolf course.

Brooklyn Crab’s menu is straightforward, but the quality and flavors stand up to any New England seafood shack. Try raw oysters, creamy chowder, fried scallops (huge and sweet), crab bites (fritter balls served with Cajun aioli), and of course, divine crab rolls — fresh meat with a little mayo and lemon on a toasted bun. Do not fear the whole crabs: Waiters gladly provide advice on getting meat out of the shell. For dessert, try the key lime tart, or walk a few blocks to the bakery that makes them, Steve’s.

Getting to Red Hook is an adventure for New Yorkers and out-of-towners alike. Tamara Vipond, whose husband and a friend co-own Brooklyn Crab, says they get a lot of calls asking, “How do I get there?” Options include the F subway train to Smith-Ninth Street and then the B61 bus, or a water taxi from Manhattan, free on weekends through Labor Day. The ferry brings shoppers to an Ikea two blocks away — it’s not unusual for diners to show up laden with Ikea boxes and bags — and to the Fairway supermarket located in a massive brick warehouse across from Brooklyn Crab. If you have a car, Red Hook is the rare New York City neighborhood with decent street parking. Vipond can also recommend local cab companies.

Brooklyn Crab opened in June 2012, just five months before Superstorm Sandy hit, flooding much of Red Hook and knocking out power for weeks. Luckily the restaurant suffered little damage and helped feed locals and volunteers while the neighborhood recovered. Today, Vipond says, business is back, “with 100 bikes parked out front” on nice days.

Other eateries worth visiting in resurgent Red Hook include the slightly upscale Good Fork, Fort Defiance, known for great cocktails, and if you prefer lobster rolls over crab, Red Hook Lobster Pound. For Statue of Liberty views, check out Louis Valentino Jr. Park & Pier, or head to Fairway’s rear patio and parking lot.


If You Go…

BROOKLYN CRAB: 24 Reed St., Red Hook, Brooklyn, 718-643-2722, .


OTHER RED HOOK EATERIES: Good Fork, 391 Van Brunt St.; Fort Defiance, 365 Van Brunt; Red Hook Lobster Pound, 284 Van Brunt; Steve’s Authentic Key Lime Pies, 185 Van Dyke St.



July, 2013. CBS 2’s Stephanie Tantillo and Brooklyn Crab Chef Jason Lux demonstrate how citrus pairs with soft-shell crabs.

Source: Market To Table With Stephanie Tantillo: Lemons « CBS New York


February, 2013. CBS New York’s Tony Tantillo reports from Red Hook, Brooklyn.

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The restaurant is bedecked in nautical- and beach-themed decorations. Photo credit: DNAinfo/Alan Neuhauser


January, 2013. Alan Neuhauser for DNAInfo.

RED HOOK — Tee one up to support Brooklyn businesses devastated by Hurricane Sandy.

Brooklyn Crab in Red Hook is hosting a mini-golf tournamentSaturday afternoon, with all entry fees going toward Restore Red Hook, which is providing funds to neighborhood brick-and-mortar businesses still recovering from the storm.

“Red Hook’s a small neighborhood, and we’re just trying to do whatever we can to support the community and support the neighborhood and all the local businesses,” Brooklyn Crab general manager James Ferrarone said. “We’re trying to bring people down to the neighborhood and show them that the neighborhood’s recovering.”

The tournament, open to all ages, starts at noon at the restaurant’s own mini-golf course, located at 24 Reed St. Entry costs $10 for teams of two, which includes one free beer each, a giveaway gift and a shot at the winner’s purse: a $50 gift certificate for Brooklyn Crab. A donation box will also be on hand for people wishing to give more to Restore Red Hook.

The tournament marks Brooklyn Crab’s second fundraiser for Restore Red Hook, which was founded by a group of neighborhood business owners in the days after the storm struck Oct. 29. The restaurant went two weeks without power, but the weekend it opened, the business donated 5 percent of all its sales to Restore Red Hook.

“We’re just trying to help out,” Ferrarone said. “It’s a really good charity. Donations go straight to people who need it.”

To learn more about Brooklyn Crab and the mini-golf tournament, visit the restaurant’s Facebook page. For more information about Restore Red Hook and ways to help, check out the organization’s website.

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Source: Brooklyn Crab Hosts Mini-Golf Tournament For Sandy Fundraiser – Red Hook – New York

Smart design: Primary engineers of Red Hook’s Brooklyn Crab, John Notarnicola (left) and Andrew Goodrich of structural engineering firm Andrew Goodrich, P.E., say the waterfront crab shack braved Hurricane Sandy because of how they designed it — 10 feet above street level. Photo by Cassandra Giraldo.

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December, 2012. Natalie Musumeci for The Brooklyn Paper.

Brooklyn Crab gets great reviews for hurricane survival.

Red Hook’s rustic, six-month-old seafood shack weathered Hurricane Sandy with no serious damage thanks to a beach-y design that gives the eatery the looks — and the durability — of the crab houses around the Chesapeake Bay.

Smart design: Primary engineers of Red Hook’s Brooklyn Crab, John Notarnicola (left) and Andrew Goodrich of structural engineering firm Andrew Goodrich, P.E., say the waterfront crab shack braved Hurricane Sandy because of how they designed it — 10 feet above street level. Photo by Cassandra Giraldo.

Smart design: Primary engineers of Red Hook’s Brooklyn Crab, John Notarnicola (left) and Andrew Goodrich of structural engineering firm Andrew Goodrich, P.E., say the waterfront crab shack braved Hurricane Sandy because of how they designed it — 10 feet above street level. Photo by Cassandra Giraldo.

Structural engineer Andrew Goodrich nailed the ocean-side aesthetics that Brooklyn Crab’s owners had in mind when he elevated the three-story Reed Street restaurant 10 feet above street level using a wood pile foundation dug 30 feet into the soil. And that work wasn’t just cosmetic.

“It’s up on stilts and it’s designed for 130 mile-per-hour winds, so that’s a huge part of why it was able to withstand the storm,” said Goodrich, whose Windsor Terrace-based team of engineers spent more than a year designing and constructing the seafood joint.

Waters surged through the ground-level mini-golf course, but the stilt design kept the eatery’s interior and mechanical systems high and dry.

“We made sure that the elevation was high enough for any flooding that would be occurring,” said Goodrich, who stowed all utilities on the second floor rather than in the basement.

Also helpful was the extra deep foundation — which proved particularly important considering the crab shack’s location just 100 feet from the harbor near Van Brunt Street.

“Part of the reason the piles go so deep is because a lot of this is landfill and bad soil,” Goodrich said. “They have go to down deep enough to the good soil where they are firmly embedded and can resist bending, so that they don’t give in and topple over.”

Project manager John Notarnicola worked with Goodrich’s team to build the elevated eatery — one of dozens of stilted houses in his 27 years in the business.

“Strong winds were not able to rock the building or remove any particular part of the roof because everything is connected within,” said Notarnicola. “Every nut and bolt is carefully connected.”

The ocean-inspired design protected Brooklyn Crab, but after Hurricane Sandy passed the eatery’s employees found themselves feeling remorse for neighbors including the Red Hook Lobster Pound, Steve’s Authentic Key Lime Pies, and Sunny’s Bar, just around the corner on Conover Street, which suffered severe flooding and extensive damage.

“I’m thankful we did not get as damaged as some of the other businesses,” said head chef and partner Jason Lux. “But I feel guilty that the Brooklyn Crab wasn’t hit hard — Red Hook is a family of restaurants and I feel bad for the neighborho­od.”

Homes and businesses in the waterfront community, including the massive Fairway Market at the foot of Van Brunt Street, could not escape Sandy’s fury simply because of the way they were built, engineers said.

“Building codes are not designed for flooding,” said Goodrich, adding that many of the structures in Red Hook are so old that they were constructed even before building codes were in place.

If it were up to Goodrich and Notarnicola, and not city codes, there would be a lot more buildings on stilts in Red Hook and Brooklyn’s other coastal communities.

“My criteria is the closer you are to the water, the higher the elevation on the building has to be,” said Notarnicola. “If you’re in this neighborhood you should be building 10 feet above grade at the minimum. Electrical boxes and gas meters do not belong in the basements knowing that surges do occur.”

Source: Red Hook’s crab shack’s beach-y looks saved it from Sandy • The Brooklyn Paper

Illustration by Morgan Elliott

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August, 2012. Shauna Lyon for The New Yorker.

The haters came on early and strong for this venturesome tri-level seafood shack in Red Hook. Almost immediately upon Brooklyn Crab’s opening, in June, Yelp reviews collectively deemed it one of the worst restaurants in Brooklyn, mostly owing to poor service, high prices, and epic waits. It was as if New Yorkers had been hoping for so long for such a place—sure, there are lobster rolls on every corner, but what about a proper crab boil and seafood galore somewhere near the water?—that nothing could possibly live up to their fantasies. But, if you listen to the disgruntled Yelpers, you might be deterred from a rare experience: mini-golf and beer as a prelude to fresh cold oysters and perfectly steamed lobster, eaten in the open, relatively salty air, with a killer view of New York Harbor.

The owners, Jamie Vipond and Matthew Bohner—who also run the rooftop Mexican restaurant Alma—double as woodworkers, and, according to a server, built the place. The structure, reminiscent of a D.I.Y. Cape Hatteras stilt house, is impressively grand in spite of all the raw wood and cement. On the ground floor, there’s that eighteen-hole mini-golf course, a beanbag toss, and a pool table next to a porpoise-and-orca mural airbrushed onto corrugated steel. The charming salty-dog second-floor bar works overtime to appease the waiting hordes, who gaze longingly at the lucky ones already seated. The food, served in metal trays and plastic baskets on picnic tables, is simple and fresh, sourced from the Eastern seaboard. A large party should order big—the Super Cool Platter has peel-and-eat shrimp (juicy and sweet), Sewansecott oysters, from Virginia (a bit puny), or Malpeques, from Prince Edward Island (nice and big), king-crab legs (a little dry), and Maine lobster (just right). Steam pots have more of the same, but hot, with corn and potatoes. Fried Ipswich belly clams are succulent, crab cakes are the wet Maryland style, the wedge salad is drenched in dressing. Get the blue crabs if you’re in the mood for a project—they’re a lot of work for a little payoff. (And even less when they’re dusted with not enough Old Bay.) An aspirational dish of plump seared scallops with bacon-laced kale and a Hamptons vibe seems out of place, but is no less delicious for it.

The savvy staff has learned that communication is the key to a happy relationship, and one evening, a solicitous waiter divulged that a simple design flaw is the cause of those onerous waits: the kitchen is too small to keep up. So far, that hasn’t stopped hipsters young and old from flooding the place, and the restaurant is already advertising a “Sunday football special,” with assurance that the upper deck will be “fully enclosed and heated, with spectacular harbor views.” That warm summer night, as the sky turned pink behind the Statue of Liberty to the west, a Manhattanite looked to the east and cried gleefully, “I see Ikea!” (Open daily for dinner. Entrées $13-$49.) ♦

Shauna Lyon is the editor of Goings On About Town.

Source: Brooklyn Crab – The New Yorker



August, 2012. Thomas Rafael for CitiTour.

Despite some initial negative press, Brooklyn Crab continues to press on. It might just be the crowds lined up down the block, or the million dollar view of the Hudson from its sun deck on the second floor. Or, maybe it’s the seafood steam pots overflowing with lobster, blue claws and shrimps shipped in from the Gulf. Any way you slice it, Brooklyn Crab is a gold mine and a newly-minted Brooklyn landmark that looks to be around for quite some time.

Located in the heart of Red Hook, directly across from Fairway, you will find two floors of picnic tables packed with folks picking apart crabs while devouring all sorts of seafood. There are steamed snow crab, king crab, Maryland crab cakes and blue crabs sold by the dozen. But it’s not just crab. You will also find lobster, steamed or grilled, little necks, fried Ipswich clams and Virginia fried oysters. In fact there is just about anything and everything a fish lover could ever want. Sure prices can be a bit steep. But the range of prices lets you manage the bill.
And if the wait is long, grab a beer and play a game of miniature golf out back as you get ready for your seafood feast. Brooklyn Crab is also providing shuttle service from the F and G trains. Check their website for details.

Source: Brooklyn Crab | Cititour Guide to NYC Events, Restaurants, Music and Nightlife