Brooklyn Crab in Red Hook

Surf and turf: Red Hook crab shack and minigolf course putts it all on the table

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A rustic new crab shack in Red Hook is serving up mini-golf alongside buckets of fresh fare — and seafood loving Brooklynites are already shelling it out for the new summertime destination.

Brooklyn Crab — a three-story restaurant featuring rooftop seating by the water — offers mouth-watering crabs and lobsters and one of the borough’s only 1950s-style putt-putt courses.

“We’re transporting the Jersey shore to Brooklyn — it’s a casual crab house with good prices,” said owner Jamie Vipond, who also runs Alma on Columbia Street.

The menu features a pound-and-a-half of grilled or steamed lobster ($29), the same amount of snow crab for ($29), and Littleneck clams with chipotle or lemon parsley ($10).

The low-key restaurant is decked out with picnic tables, beer lamps, and nautical-themed wall decorations, as well as beach-y entertainment such as horseshoes and bocce.

The games give families activities while they wait — and should come in handy considering last week’s three hour lines, Vipond said.

Seafoodies can catch the shuttle from the Carroll Street subway station to the restaurant, where the small-town vibe is alive in the city.

“It’s nothing too fancy — it’s just kinda fun and funky,” Vipond said.

Brooklyn Crab [24 Reed St. at Van Brunt Street in Red Hook, (718) 643–2722].

Reach reporter Natalie O'Neill at or by calling her at (718) 260-4505.

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Regina from Bay Ridge says:
A 3 hour wait at 6PM on Saturday night! Pass.
June 19, 2012, 7:12 am
Mike says:
Really, they think they have "good prices"? Then why does everyone on Yelp think it's a crazy ripoff?
June 19, 2012, 10:54 am
Jim from Cobble Hill says:
They're getting destroyed on Yelp... I was so hoping this place wouldn't be one of those "good-on-paper" idea kind of places... think I'll give it a pass for now.
June 19, 2012, 11:37 am
Not Goish from Prospect Heights says:
See if it's there next summer. As previous poster said, they're being eviscerated on Yelp. And that's where a lot of people go to get restaurant information.
June 19, 2012, Noon
Scott from Park Slope says:
We got groceries at Fairway Sunday and ate on their patio, enjoying the weather and views of the harbor. On the way out to the car my wife and I noticed Brooklyn Crab and said what an excellent place that would have been to eat Father's Day dinner.

It's a genius idea, in the right neighborhood. After reading these comments and the reviews on Yelp, though, I won't bother trying it out. Who needs to spend that kind of money for that terrible an experience? No food is worth that.

Perhaps another, better restaurateur will take notes and open a rival even closer to, or on, the water and execute the concept well. Crab, oysters, clams, and cerveza through the summer, chowder, bisque, and hot toddies in the winter. The place would make a mint.
June 19, 2012, 1:40 pm
JBOB from SLope says:
This entire piece is an advertisement in the guise of an article. Had they bothered to do even the most curosry of checking and seen the Yelp discussion it would have been a totally different article.
June 19, 2012, 2:13 pm
Pat I. from 70's Brooklyn says:
Of course their prices are higher! How do you expect them to pay for their vintage typewriters, daily i-Phone replacements (stolen by 12 year old female thugs), 10 dollar chocolate bars and everything else that's Brooklyn based?
June 19, 2012, 8:20 pm
Pat I. from 70's Brooklyn says:
7.50 for Mac and cheese (topped by Ritz crackers)? 5 bucks for fries? 5 bucks for a burger? Who's selling this sh8t - Pat Sajak?
June 19, 2012, 8:23 pm
pat I. from 70's Brooklyn says:
that should be 15 dollars for a burger. Sorry
June 19, 2012, 8:24 pm
saldi from carroll gardens says:
the area is a dump reincarnated and noe they want us to pay for their high rents.
June 21, 2012, 9:15 am
Scott from Park Slope says:
Saldi, the beautiful thing about the higher property values all this gentrification has brought is you can sell your place for top dollar, buy an equivalent place in New Jersey, and live off the difference. Why not profit from the trend instead of complain about it?
June 21, 2012, 9:38 am
Mickey Shea from Greenpoint says:
Just checked out the Yelp reviews; sounds like a nightmare run by clueless hipsters.
June 22, 2012, 10:45 am
Luis from Sunset Park says:
Southern shrimp was very tasty and well done, the fries were home fresh, the clams were tiny. Ambience was fast paced but friendly. But the prices need to come down some. Still I'd recommend it.
June 23, 2012, 7:56 pm

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