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

Surf and turf: Red Hook crab shack and minigolf course putts it all on the table
Jamie Vipond, Brooklyn native and owner of Brooklyn Crab in Red Hook, Brooklyn, June 16, 2012. Photo by Melanie Fidler
Photo by Melanie Fidler

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 [email protected] or by calling her at (718) 260-4505.

Jamie offers mini golf at his new three-story seafood restaurant in Red Hook.
Photo by Melanie Fidler

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