What is a Cape Hatteras stilt house doing in Red Hook? Jamie Vipond and Matthew Bohner have created this new space from the ground up and named it Brooklyn Crab. Located at 24 Reed Street, the “complex” includes an 18 hole miniature golf course, a beanbag toss, and a pool table next to a porpoise-and-orca mural airbrushed onto corrugated steel. The salty-dog second floor bar and the third floor bar are busy. Think more picnic than traditional restaurant. Food is served on metal trays and plastic basket s on picnic tables. The food is fresh with Sewansecott oysters from Virginia or Malpeques from Prince Edward Island, king-crab legs and Maine lobster. The shrimp were so sweet and tender it was just a delight. Steamer pots include lots of choices of crab. The warm welcome by the staff makes you feel that you are visiting friends by the seashore as opposed to just another dining venue.
Red Hook in Brooklyn is more than your typical Brooklyn neighborhood. It’s a work in progress, defined by a mixture of light industry, open space, residential enclaves and a still palpable sense of urban pioneering. Enjoy fabulous walks, vast waterfront piers with large warehouses, many converted into artists’ lofts. Discover New York can help you learn about this interesting neighborhood call 212-370-1319.
Accessible by Water Taxi from Manhattan to Red Hook; or the F train and use Brooklyn Crab’s shuttle service to get to the restaurant. They will call a car service for you to return if you wish.