We went to Brooklyn Crab in Red Hook this weekend. The space is definitely fun for the season and the view is lovely. The food and service, unfortunately, were not particularly good. I should preface this by saying I lived in Baltimore for ten years so I am probably a tough critic when it comes to steamed crabs (and I don't even bother ordering crab cakes in NY. Even great places don't get close to a great one in Baltimore.)
Our server was nice enough, but there was a huge lag between when we got our appetizer (fried calamari. Fine. Standard. Not enough marinara. Probably frozen squid.) and the rest of our meal. We got a steamed platter and it bugged me that everything, including the shrimp, were cold. The crabs didn't have enough Old Bay to make them interesting. My kids got fish and chips and the fish was too salty (and we are a salty family, so that's saying a lot) and the fries were soggy. We got the habanero margaritas and they were undrinkable. Too sweet and had a fake metallic taste to it. We immediately ordered Sangria which was okay (just okay) and told the waitress, to be fair, that it was our fault but we didn't like them. She didn't take them off our check, which again is okay since we told her we had ordered badly but would have been a nice thing to do anyway. My husband didn't have as much issue with the place as I did (I had a bad experience where the plastic container of melted butter melted the bottom out of it so that I had butter stains on my handbag, so that didn't put me in a great state of mind). Still, I left with that I feel a little gross from having eaten not good food and just wasted a lot of money feeling. I hate that feeling.
Anyway, probably a nice place to go for beers but wouldn't recommend it for much else at this point. Pity. It's such a cool scene.
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