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Forgo the plates and silverware and be prepared for bibs and gloves. Diners will embrace the “get your hands dirty and messy” mentality at AJ’s Crab Shack & Bar. The gloves come in handy for AJ’s Seafood Platter which includes perfectly seasoned mussels, clams, crawfish, shrimp, snow crab legs, sausage, corn on the cob and potatoes. These arrive in a clear plastic bag, knotted up before arriving to your table. The bag serves to hold the temperature of the meal and also allow diners to shake and distribute the flavorful seasoning, covering every last bite. Popular menu items include the fried baskets, with choices of oysters, clams, shrimp, calamari, and catfish. The crabmeat Po Boy is a refreshing twist on the typical fried seafood version; crisp lettuce and zesty remoulade on a freshly toasted bun are the perfect backdrop for a creamy crabmeat salad sprinkled with hints of roe.   The bar offers wines and sakes, as well as Japanese and craft beers.  It is a great option for passersby wishing to grab a quick bite from the bar menu which includes seasonal, small plates.

Within walking distance from beautiful Hudson River views, AJ’s Crab Shack & Bar is quickly becoming a popular rivertown experience you do not want to miss. Above all, Andy’s main goal is to create a family dining environment. He wants to see his customers enjoying “family bonding time” by sitting down and engaging in delicious food and conversation. “Right now a family goes out, and everybody is on the phone,” said Andy.  “Here at AJ’s, the phone is always down. There is no way you can be on the phone with messy sauce on your hands. That’s the concept I want to push out.”

AJ’s Crab Shack & Bar 125 Main Street, Nyack, NY 845-643-8888 @AJsCrab / 15

Profile for Rivertown Magazine

Rivertown Magazine June 2019