The Crab General seafood restaurant welcomed to Carteret


CARTERET – The Carteret Business Partnership recently welcomed The Crab General to the Carteret Mall 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 when it comes to good food,” Reiman said.

Chen wanted to open in Carteret because the 5,000 square foot space was perfect for his vision of fun, flashy, yet light nautical decor 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 there was more need for a good seafood restaurant, so there was a bigger 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 in the fun setting of her seafood restaurant.

The Crab General’s motto is “Juicy Seafood,” and the restaurant lives up to that motto by getting its dishes “fresh off 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 its signature dish. The three-step meal of at least 1 pound includes green or black mussels ($15 a pound), clams ($13), crawfish ($15), shrimp ($16 head on, $18 head off ), scallops ($30), snow crab legs. ($32) and Dungeness crab, king crab legs, and lobster tail at standard (but fluctuating) market prices. For non-seafood eaters, there are also $10 a pound sausages.

Step two of Get Your Hands Dirty is choosing the seasoning: Cajun, Garlic Butter, Lemon Pepper, and Juicy Special, a mix of all three. Then diners choose their “spicy level”: not spicy, mild, medium, hot or extra hot. The sea-fresh feast comes with corn and potatoes, much like a Maine lobster pot or a Louisiana crawfish boil.

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

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

Crab General’s Angel Chen has fun with shark jaws, one of the new restaurant’s many entertaining marine and nautical presentations.

The food is matched by entertaining decor, like oversized paintings and sculptures of sea creatures and pirates, displays of rum barrels, ship components, treasures, beach scenes and sea kayaks, four streaming TVs and a psychedelic star show playing on the ceiling. The restaurant also includes a draw at each table for a prize of over $50 or a coupon for a later visit.

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