Crab General seafood restaurant hosted in the borough

CARTERET – The Carteret Business Partnership recently welcomed The Crab General to the Carteret Shopping Center with a ribbon cutting ceremony led by Mayor Daniel J. Reiman.

After emigrating from China in 2009 and working in the restaurant business for 10 years, Angel Chen chose to open a restaurant in Carteret with a seafood menu and a family atmosphere,

“Angel chose the name Crab General because a General is a leader and she wants to provide leadership in good food,” said Reiman.

Chen wanted to open in Carteret because the 5,000 square foot space was perfect for his vision of a fun, flashy yet light nautical setting to serve as the backdrop for his menu.

“I wanted to open a seafood restaurant rather than a Chinese restaurant because there are already so many Chinese restaurants, and I felt that there was more need for a good seafood restaurant, so there was greater market potential, ”Chen said. “We want to organize big family celebrations with warmth and good fresh seafood. “

Angel Chen, the owner of the new Crab General, is pictured amid the fun decor of his seafood restaurant.

The Crab General’s motto is “Juicy Seafood,” and the restaurant lives up to that motto by getting its menu items “fresh from the boat,” Chen said.

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Open since early November, The Crab General offers a Get Your Hands Dirty clambake-style feast as a signature dish. Three-step meal of at least 1 pound includes green or black mussels ($ 15 per pound), clams ($ 13), crayfish ($ 15), shrimp ($ 16 with head, $ 18 without head ), scallops ($ 30), snow crab legs ($ 32) and Dungeness crab, king crab legs and lobster tail at standard market prices (but fluctuating). For the non-seafood eaters, there are also sausages for $ 10 a pound.

The second step to getting your hands dirty is the choice of seasoning: Cajun, Garlic Butter, Lemon Pepper and Juicy Special, a mixture of the three. Then, the guests choose their “Spicy level”: not spicy, mild, medium, spicy or extra spicy. The fresh sea feast is accompanied by corn and potatoes, much like a pot of Maine lobster or Louisiana crayfish porridge.

“So far, business has been good,” Chen said. “Customers seem to really like it. “

Angel Chen of Crab General has fun with shark jaws, one of the new restaurant's many entertaining marine and water displays.

Matching food is an entertaining setting, like oversized paintings and sculptures of sea creatures and pirates, rum barrel displays, ship components, treasures, beach scenes and sea kayaks, four TVs streaming and a psychedelic celeb show aired on the ceiling. The restaurant also includes a raffle at each table for a prize of over $ 50 or a coupon for a subsequent visit.

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