After a salty, sunny day by the beach or on the waters of the South Shore, there is nothing better than sliding into a picnic bench on the casual shady outdoor dockside patio of Crabby Amy’s in Seaford for a local brew and local seafood. Well, maybe there is one thing better. You can bring the kids just as sticky, sandy and excited as you all were when you pulled them off the beach and everyone will be completely fine with it.
Crabby Amy’s has been an institution at Treasure Island Marina for 18 years. Owner Amy Breidenbach grew up in her family’s restaurant Cap’s down the road and was inspired to make her own place.
Breidenbach’s mom dons a clown costume for the kids on Tuesdays.
“I started it because I wanted a place where locals could come and fishermen could meet up,” says Breidenbach. “It’s casual; there’s no pretensions here. We just do the best we can to make people happy.”
Happiness includes Long Island clams, crabs and mussels, as well as local striped bass, fluke, or flounder; it depends on what the fisherman bring to the dock each day. It also includes Great South Bay, Fire Island and Blue Point beers on tap.
“We take what we can get locally, prepare it simply and add a bit of flair,” says Breidenbach, who also owns Jackson Roadhouse and the former Catfish Max, which was lost in superstorm Sandy but which she has made into a mini beach with food truck pending her next restaurant. “We take raw natural ingredients and try to do it with integrity.”
The restaurant is a truly friendly place, tucked away among the canals behind the Seventh Precinct in Seaford, south of Merrick Road. There are daily happy hours, live music Sundays, and Breidenbach’s mom dons a clown costume for the kids on Tuesdays. Crabby Amy’s is also open for breakfast; Breidenbach says it feeds her need for a quiet coffee and egg sandwich while she reads the morning paper.
Crabby Amy’s is open from May to October from 8 – 11 a.m. for breakfast and 11:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. weekdays and until 10 p.m. on weekends.