The Angry Crab | West Ridge | American, Seafood, Cajun | Restaurant
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Mike Sula

Three Vietnamese brothers serve up Cajun-style seafood by the pound.

Our Review

The Angry Crab, a Cajun-style seafood joint run by a trio of Vietnamese brothers in West Ridge, opened with little fanfare early in 2015 in the tight space once occupied by the dearly departed Tampopo, but it couldn’t be more different than that sleepy spot: it’s packed nightly with a mostly young Asian clientele hunched over piles of mudbugs under graffiti-covered walls. The light is softened by a buttery mist that seems to hang in the air, carrying on it the effluvium of garlic and chile. Once your name makes it to the top of the inevitable waiting list you’ll be led to a table—which you might share with strangers—presented with bibs and menus by invariably harried servers, and left to calculate how many pounds of crawfish, shrimp, clams, oysters, blue crabs, Dungeness crabs, crab legs, and lobsters your mitts have the strength and agility to crack open. The seafood arrives in clear plastic bags, soaking in huge quantities of a sauce that will soon apply itself to anything and anyone within a three-foot radius. You can supplement the orders with sausage, corn on the cob, potatoes, and a handful of appetizers. The crustaceans themselves (sold at market price) are remarkably fresh tasting. Attacking this sort of tableau like a pack of starving sea lions is one of the more visceral and fun eating experiences you can have in the city right now.

Mike Sula

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Payment Type: Accepts cards

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