Holy Crab brings Cajun seafood to White Plains – The Journal News | LoHud.com

WHITE PLAINS – Wei Ye says he has all the ingredients needed to make his newly opened Holy Crab restaurant a success.

“White Plains is a nice, busy city with a lot of young people who like to go out,” Ye said. “I think people will come here first because of our food and the nice atmosphere. We have a good landlord, and we’re in a good location right in the middle of the downtown.”

Holy Crab brings what Ye, the owner and head chef, describes as fresh Cajun-style seafood creations similar to what might be found in New Orleans.

“We’re trying to bring a different kind of seafood restaurant to White Plains,” he said. “All of our food is made from recipes I developed myself.”

The restaurant’s grand opening was last week, following a four-week trial run that Ye said was very encouraging.

“People seemed to like what we’re doing and some have already been here more than once,” he said.

Holy Crab currently opens at 4 p.m., but Ye said he plans to start serving lunch soon.

“It strengthens what has become our restaurant row,” said Kevin Nunn, executive director of the city’s Business Improvement District. “People like to come to areas with a lot of restaurants.”

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THE FOOD

Appetizers, ranging from $6 to $15, include New England clam chowder, salads, cajun fries, chicken wings, macaroni and cheese, fried catfish, and other vegetable and seafood dishes. There are also cheeseburger, pork belly, catfish, or oyster sliders and shrimp and lobster rolls.

It’s not difficult to guess what’s featured in Holy Crab’s menu.

Ye said crab is brought in fresh daily from California and New Orleans. A one-pound serving of snow crab legs, the most expensive dish available, is $39.

Other seafood dishes include lobster, crawfish in season, shrimp, mussels and little neck clams, ranging from $12 to $24. There are also various combination selections.

There are a variety of sauces to choose from, including garlic butter, lemon pepper and Cajun.

Non-seafood eaters can enjoy a $10 cheeseburger, $8 roasted tomato avocado salad, along with other items.

Drink-wise, a variety of beers and cocktails are available, along with wine, soda or juices.

THE ATMOSPHERE

In keeping with its menu, Holy Crab has something of a marine decor, with fishing nets drooped from the ceiling. There are a few lobster traps, star fish and lobsters about. It’s understated and not distracting.

Lighting is low, provided by globe like fixtures hung over tables from the space’s high ceilings. A long, modern-looking bar dominates the front of the restaurant’s large space, with a few high tables and seats.

The main dining area features large, comfortable looking booths and tables. The restaurant seats 130 and a downstairs room, available for parties and special events, can hold up to 50 people.

IF YOU GO

Location: 32 Mamaroneck Ave., White Plains, across from the City Center.

Hours: 4-1 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 4-midnight on Fridays and Saturdays; and 4-10 p.m. on Sundays. Reservations are recommended, but not required. Attire is casual.

Contact: 914-948-3888, holycrabny.com

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