Seafood: Either you love it or you hate it. We happen to love it, and we share what we love with you, of course. There's something fishy about this week's Around the Web, but if you can't figure it out, we're not telling.
There are certain things that are quintessential to summertime – and shucking crabs and playing mini golf are right up there with catching a few rays on the beach. Luckily for us, such pleasures are no longer mutually exclusive. Brooklyn Crab, a seaside shack due to open tomorrow, brings that laid-back Boardwalk beach vibe to a city that's more hipster chic than surfer's delight. This is hardly fine dining, people, so don't dress to the nines, but if you're in the mood for a casual weekend lunch followed by some playful competition, there's no better place to be. Stuffy five-star restaurants are for the dreary days of winter; fun and airy spaces with the aroma of buttery shellfish wafting around are what summer's about.
This list doesn't discriminate against any state: Whether you're closer to Alaska or Alabama, there's a delicious dive nearby. If our first item didn't convince you, at least give one of these 50 spots a shot. We're partial to Spud Point Crab in Bodega Bay, Calif. – creamy clam chowder is always enticing – and The Place Restaurant in Guilford, Conn., a BYOB where all meals are cooked on one gigantic grill. Looking for healthier options? Visit lovely, serene Bethany Beach, Del. and head to Mickey's Crab House, famous for their broiled crab cake. Who says you need to be fancy to be fit?
And if you really can't get down with the dives, here's your hip and trendy option – complete with expensive seafood towers and a velvet rope. Hung Huynh, who you may know from Bravo's "Top Chef," is at the helm of this Meatpacking District eatery. As The Times's reviewer remarks, this spot isn't the most down-home, spunky option; in fact, it is quite the opposite. The decor sounds a bit contrived, but the crispy shrimp and scallop dumplings are making our mouths water just reading about them. Apparently, this place aims to impress a bit too much, but the food is good and that's all that matters to us. If it's not your scene, perhaps you'll head over to Brooklyn?