An eatery with tropical drinks, cool nautical decor and Cajun style seafood is right up my culinary alley. Captain Crab has recently opened on Central Avenue in Hartsdale and is a fun place to gather with friends and enjoy an old fashioned Cajun crawfish boil.
The decor of Captain Crab is pure fun and escape with fish nets hanging everywhere, a mural of tropical fish in one room (dubbed the fish tank), sharks hanging from the ceiling and so much more. The interior design transports you to some fun dockside restaurant.
The “crawfish boil” is a fun event where Cajuns boil crawfish, potatoes, onions and corn in large pots. Lemons and small muslin bags containing a mixture of bay leaves, mustard seeds, cayenne pepper, and other spices, commonly known as “crab boil” are added to the water for seasoning. At Captain Crab you then poor the bag of your boil and sauce into a round flat metal bowl. Patrons are given a plastic bib, plastic gloves and plenty of napkins so they can dive into the tasty concoction.
At Captain Crab you can choose the ingredients of your boil from crab, crawfish, mussles, crab legs, lobster shrimp or clams. Then pick your sauce (or no sauce at all) pick a level of spiciness, and then add your sides. The ingredients are all cooked, placed in bag with the sauce, shaken table side by the server and you then can pour it into your flat metal bowl. Then you dig in! It is quite the dining experience.
If do not choose the boil, you can opt for appetizers from crab cakes to fried calamari to fried cheese sticks. There are several salads, and two gumbos. Po Boy sandwiches are popular at Captain Crab with shrimp, catfish, oyster, crab, and chicken offered. Lobster rolls are also on the menu. There are oysters on the menu both raw and chargrilled and we enjoyed half a dozen of the raw Blue Point oysters that were fresh with just the right hint of brine.
Captain Crab also delivers with a full bar and a slate of fun and colorful tropical drinks. We enjoyed in a few glasses of these sweet colorful cocktails served in a hurricane glass and were instantly transported to a fun seaside location.
Captain Crab is a unique dining experience, so grab your friends and your appetite and come aboard!
145 South Central Avenue Hartsdale New York
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