Steamed blue crabs at Brooklyn Crab
Shellfish steam pot at Brooklyn Crab
Grilled lobster at Brooklyn Crab
Channeling Maine’s minigolf clam shacks, this hulking 250-seat eatery, which opened on June 7, brings putt-putt facilities and seaside grub to Red Hook’s waterfront. Elevated on stilts, the three-story stand-alone restaurant is done up with wharf-themed flourishes: lobster traps, fishing rods, Christmas lights and a mounted shark’s head. Gather friends for a round of minigolf, bocce or cornhole (beanbag toss) outdoors. After hitting the greens, grab a picnic table and dig into simple seafood, such as fried whole-belly clams with homemade tartar sauce, peel-and-eat shrimp, and steam pots brimming with lobster, Jonah crab and mussels, along with potatoes and corn. Drinkers can sip frozen daiquiris or split a bucket of beer (Corona, Bud) with pals on the open-air roof deck, which boasts clear views of New York’s Upper Bay. 24 Reed St between Conover and Van Brunt Sts, Red Hook, Brooklyn (718-643-2722)
Via Quadronno 73rd Street
Located just off Central Park at Madison Ave and 73rd Street, Via Quadronno has a menu extensive enough to interest both tourists and locals. In the morning, you might pop by for one of the adorably decorated lattes ($5) and a chocolate croissant ($4). Around midday, the wide variety of paninis—ham, brie, fontina and pate ($13) and prosciutto, shrimp, mozzarella and pink sauce ($13.50) are just two of the options—or a fresh caprese salad ($18.50) might tempt you. For dinner, there’s everything from filet mignon carpaccio ($25) to spaghetti carbonara ($25.50) to veal medallions in white wine sauce ($38.50) to choose from. No matter the meal, you might want to save some room for the tiramisu ($10.50) or a few macarons ($2.50 each)—you know, just in case.
Venue says: “You may have seen us on Martha Stewart TV and Gossip Girl! Famous for our Milan-style cappuccinos and Paninis, celebrities love them too.”