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Open for Business: The Crab Spot, 833 Union Street


The Crab Spot officially opened for business yesterday afternoon in the space last occupied by PSbklyn, on Union Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenues. I dropped by last night, and I certainly see a lot of promise here.

The restaurant was about half full at 7:30, and all the usual pitfalls of opening night (slow service, confused wait staff, etc.) were nowhere to be found.

The menu (found in full below, after the jump), is clearly focused on the big pots of shellfish, which will be the restaurant's main claim to fame, but there are plenty of other options as well. Non-seafood items include ribs, a burger, two steaks, and chicken payard. There are plenty of options of fish, shrimp, scallops, and combinations thereof, along with fish and chips and New England clam chowder. Appetizers include peel and eat shrimp, crab cakes, fried calamari, baked clams, and mussels. There are a few salads, a few desserts, as well as a children's menu that includes the usual kiddie food (hot dog, hamburger, chicken fingers, etc.) as well as a few pleasant surprises including smaller portions of their steam pot (even though I imagine it would be incredibly frustrating for a hungry kid to try to break down snow crab legs). There's also a full bar, a solid cocktail list, and a handful of draft beers.

But I was there there to try the crabs. I settled on the Crab Royale, which came with dungeness crab, snow crab, king crab, corn on the cob, and potatoes. The Old Bay seasoning I ordered it with came through in every bite, and the crab itself was very good (and in fact a lot of messy fun to eat; wear the bibs provided). One word of advice, though: these aren't big enough to fill two people up, so order an appetizer if you are going to share.

A few issues: The potatoes and corn were cold and mushy, laying down pre-crab paper onto the table (and removing it afterward) was a bit awkward, as I had to help the waiter lift everything off the table (resulting in a spilled water glass), and the beer I ordered had an odd taste.

HOWEVER: And a big however. This was opening night. Kinks are acceptable, and indeed understandable. The corn/potato issue was mentioned to the very friendly and knowledgeable manager, and he apologized and promised to rectify the situation.

As I mentioned earlier, there's a lot of potential here. A dependable place to come with a group and order a few steaming pots of crabs and shellfish can do very well in this neighborhood, and service is already on point. As with any new restaurant (especially in this space) only time will tell if it succeeds, but I think they're off to a very promising start.

Click through for the full menu (click for larger images).

The Crab Spot, 833 Union Street Brooklyn NY 11217. 718-622-2722.













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Went by last night. There were some kinks, as mentioned in the blog, but the fact of the matter was that the crab was delicious and very reasonably priced. I do worry about the close seating and people taking mallets to shells in a neighborhood of over priced clothing and over protective parents but thats a risk worth taking for crab thats that good! I wil be back.

December 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChristian P.

spell check: acceptable

"kinks are acceptable"...does this mean Ray Davies was there?

and, not meaning to be snarky, but would your review have been any different had they had a soft opening to which bloggers were invited and comped?

December 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLola, L-O-L-A, Lola

Give them a few weeks to work out the kinks. The crab does indeed look tasty. I'll stop by in 2013.

December 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterFelton

@Lola No, the article wouldn't have been any different.

December 20, 2012 | Registered CommenterHere's Park Slope

What about BLUE CRABS???? I don't get why any place dedicated to crabs would leave off the sweetest best variety of crab available - (relatively) local Blues

December 20, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterbrklynmind

They have blue crabs.

December 20, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterbk4life

These look like blue crabs to me:

December 20, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterhans

Walked by last night. Wish they'd turn off the TVs. Nothing ruins a restaurant quite like having two TVs above the bar projecting into the middle of the dining room.

December 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBen K.

I'm allergic to shellfish.

December 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterIntern Monica

@ Lola, you were meaning to be snarky and it's unacceptable. Hah.

December 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMark

Some of you need to get a life. Making comments on a crabshack when you're allergic to shellfish, accusing the owner of this blog of writing a good review in exchange for free food, are you people that stuck up your own asses that you feel the need to be so nasty and self involved?

December 20, 2012 | Unregistered Commentersterling

Some of you need to get a life. Commenting on how others are commenting on a blog?!?

It's a blog, on the interweb, don't expect good behavior.

I, for one, love shellfish. I also have gout. How's that for irony?

December 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterFelton

I was there last night as well. The Blue Crabs were a special they had. According the the manager guy who came over, the specials are what comes in right before the place opens. I enjoyed it and I should be back whem they've worked everything out.

December 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJanie

Crab Spot looks interesting. Thanks for the heads up!

@ Felton - do you see the irony in your comment?

December 20, 2012 | Unregistered Commenternormality

As Sterling indicated, some of you did not get the memo that a new seafood shack opening up in a cursed location, for which you'd seemingly think would be approached in the neutral manner any other business would be, is, for some reason, completely above reproach.

This comment section makes me hate this place. I hope a fat yogi upstairs at the Yoga Center breaks their ceiling during Friday dinner service.

December 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBrooklyn Brawler

Anyone who refers to any location as "cursed" is not really someone I pay much attention to.

How the prepping for the end of time tomorrow going Brawler?

No storefront is cursed. There are badly run businesses and there are well run businesses. We'll see which one that turns out to be, but we won't probably know that in the first 24 hours of said business opening.

December 20, 2012 | Unregistered Commentersterling

@Sterling, storefronts may not be cursed, but there are several retail locations that historically have never been able to stick. Casa Ventura's location has been a revolving door during my 30 years in park slope. The same is true for the japanese place next to bare burger and several others.

December 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSlopeLifer


It has absolutely ZERO to do with the location and everything to do with the business. Saying that the corner of 7th and 3rd is "CURSED" is moronic.

People said it about President and 5th too. That is a prime corner it is not cursed, it simply had a ton of crappy establishments in there.

The Japanese place next to Bareburger has been there for years. Is the curse now broken?

December 20, 2012 | Unregistered Commentersterling

Casa Ventura's spot has not been a revolving door for 30 years. Simply due to the fact that the wonderful deli, Herzog's occupied that spot for many, many years. I have lived here for 25 years and Herzog's was there when I moved here and for quite a few years after (and from what i understand, for many years before also).

Granted, after Herzog's, the place has had a lot of turnover.

And, comments like "I'm allergic to shellfish". Fine, then don't go! Though, I do see where it says they have other things on the menu. But some people just want to complain.

December 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterParkSlopePerson


You nailed it. Some people just want to complain. I should learn to ignore them instead of trying to educate them. The internet has created an entire army of bitchy, nasty people who think they know everything.

Saying the corner of 7th and 3rd has been a revolving door for 30 years show how little one actually knows about that spot or the neighborhood. Miss Herzog's!

December 20, 2012 | Unregistered Commentersterling

Paillard. Just sayin.

December 21, 2012 | Unregistered Commentertesticulon

@ normality

Yes I do. You see, I was currently commenting on a blog about how others were commenting on blogs and so forth! Wacky cycle!

I was just trying to point out that it's always a pointless argument to try to talk sense into people whose sole purpose is most likely to rile people up in the first place.

December 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterFelton

This place is too far from my apartment.

December 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBlaxl Rose

@ Blaxl Rose

Who the F*CK cares!! - Tell you what, we'll roll-out the RED Carpet and carry you to your Horse-drawn Pumpkin chariot that will take you to this restaurant where your Charming Prince awaits, smiling while holding a Bucket of Crustaceans.....

Does that work for you?!

December 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJust Shlopin

Is roll out hyphenated?

December 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHooker from Minneapolis

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