Joe’s Crab Shack to open first city location in Harlem on July 30

Joe’s Crab Shack, a Texas-based chain, is coming to Harlem. What’s next, Red Lobster? Actually, that’s not a joke. Red Lobster is coming next.

Harlem is about to go on a seafood diet.

jcspolesignlogoJoe’s Crab Shack will open July 30 on W. 125th and Frederick Douglass Blvd., the first city location for the Texas-based, national seafood chain known for its buckets of southern-style crab and lobster bakes.

The first 100 piscivores through the door at the opening will get free crabs for a year. And one lucky diner will get the biggest catch: free crabs for life.

 The grand opening will double as a fundraiser. Joe’s patrons who donate to Autism Speaks will get coupons for key lime pie, crab nachos or the Classic Steampot redeemable on a future visit.

Joe’s is the most recent big chain to drop anchor uptown, following Designer Shoe Warehouse, Blink Fitness, and Whole Foods.

And Red Lobster plans to open next to the Apollo Theater, though its opening date remains unannounced.

For now, Joe’s is the only big fish plying Harlem’s waters — and the restaurant’s president is looking forward to taking the uptown plunge.

“Harlem is such a vibrant neighborhood,” said Jim Mazany. “We can’t wait to bring Joe’s brand of excitement — along with great southern seafood — to the area.”

Joe’s Crab Shack, 2349 Frederick Douglass Blvd. and 125th St. in Harlem, (212) 222-0445, opening July 30, 11 a.m.-midnight. For info, visit


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One thought on “Joe’s Crab Shack to open first city location in Harlem on July 30

  1. I went to Joes Crab Shack on 125 on the third day of their opening and would never go back again and I’ve told anyone who would listen not to go, I work for the MTA so I have a lot of coworkers. I had the King Crab pot, and was very surprised to find three skinny crab legs and when I say skinny I mean skinny. Two peeble sized potatoes & a corn on the cob. Now on tv they advertise these big steaming pots of seafood, well all I got was big pot of disappointment. When I asked the server is this the usual size, she said yes they are pretty small. Well let me tell you for $35.00 a pot I was ripped off big big time. So never never again

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