The first greeting patrons receive as they set foot within the doors of Hook & Reel Cajun Seafood & Bar, conveniently located in the Georgetown Shopping Center, at 2183 B Ralph Avenue, is from a giant, red king crab, hanging in the entryway. And as they navigate their way into the bar and dining room, they discover the Cajun and seafood restaurant really went overboard. But the pictures of boats and anchors on the walls, or replicas of shellfish, dangling overhead are just a drop in the ocean compared to what’s on the menu. A choice of New Zealand or black mussels, clams, shrimps (head on or off), scallops, catfish, oysters, calamari and more – prepared fried, steamed and, oh yes, boiled, Cajun style.
Hook & Reel, appropriately named, is currently running a special, for a limited time, on five delectable Boil Combos. Patrons who take the bait can whet their appetites with Shrimply Irresistible, Flex Those Mussels, Snow Much Crab, Dun & Done and Live, Laugh, Lobster. All combos are served with corn and potatoes. They also offer a platter of assorted seafood and fries that’s served at the bar. And coming soon, kids eat free on Tuesdays.
There’s more! Hook & Reel specializes in a number of Signature Cocktails, including, but not limited to, Hennessy Sidecar, Voodoo Lemonade and Cajun Candy. But those who prefer to tackle The Reel Classics can opt for the highly favored Rum Punch, Passion Fruit Sunrise or Watermelon Tini. There’s Happy Hour from 3 to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, and all day on Sunday. Additionally, a live band provides entertainment every Friday and Saturday night and groups are welcome.
Jeff Chen, the proprietor, was eager to show the Canarsie Courier around. “The decorations are special and people love the atmosphere,” he said. He also stated, “The seafood is fresh. It’s sourced through vendors, from Canada or Norway, several times weekly.”
Although there are 12 mounted televisions, he plans to add another big screen at the front of the dining room to allow patrons who are “hooked” to watch their favorite programs. “Customer experience is our priority,” Chen stated.
Timandra, who stopped in with a friend for lunch, told the Canarsie Courier, “I love the broiled oysters, the calamari, the hush puppies are good and the crab boils are delicious!” then chuckled as she looked down at her empty plate. “This is my go-to if I want to sit in and get some good boils,” she said.
Patrons can dine in or take out and there’s always parking available. As Jeffrey Traiman, the manager, quipped, “You can’t find a bigger parking lot in Brooklyn.” Orders can also be made through Grubhub, Uber Eats, DoorDash and ChowNow delivery services.
And you won’t have to shell out too many clams to enjoy the Hook & Reel experience. Special boils are priced as low as $16.50 and run as high as $29.99. Signature cocktails are $10.00 to $17.00 and The Reel Classics only $9.00.
Hook & Reel Cajun Seafood & Bar is open from 12 to 10 p.m., Sunday to Thursday, and 12 to 11 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays. For more information, see their advertisement on page 10.