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.
Posted 12:00 am, June 21, 2012
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