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Back Forty Is Feeling Crabby, Heading to the Beach - The Local East Village Blog - NYTimes.com


Back Forty Is Feeling Crabby, Heading to the Beach


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crabsCourtesy Back Forty

Sure, everyone associates Rockaway Beach with the Rockabus‘s home base of Williamsburg, but fact is, there’s also an East Village connection that goes all the way back to the Ramones song: Caracas has an outpost on the boardwalk, and Jeremy Spector of the Brindle Room serves up Donkey Punch Pizza nearby. Oh, and the folks who operate the Veggie Island farmstand keep an apartment on 12th Street. (And then there’s these dudes!) So it should be no surprise that Back Forty is joining the bunch, at least for a couple of days.

This Saturday and the next, you can enjoy the place’s wildly popular crab boil (currently in full effect at the Avenue B location) on the boardwalk, at the Beach 96th Street concession stand. From 5 p.m. till 10 p.m. (or whenever the crabs run out), $25 gets you a half dozen spiced jimmies (and a mallet to hammer them with), two ears of corn, and steamed potatoes. Plus, bands including Kyp Malone’s TV on the Radio side project, Rain Machine, will perform starting at 4 p.m.

If you can’t make it, mark your calendar for Aug. 28 to Sept. 1 – that’s when Back Forty will end the season with five consecutive nights of crab boils at the East Village location. Pre-paid reservations will go on sale here next Wednesday.