When the blow-up crab goes up, it’s time to chow down.
London Lennie’s is getting ready to hoist a ginormous crab atop the restaurant to signify the start of its 18th annual Crabfest event and is shipping in the shellfish from all across the nation to please the patrons.
“We like to think of ourselves as an institution in Queens,” said Les Barnes, owner of the Rego Park restaurant. “We only put out the top quality crabs because it is our responsibility to keep the reputation we have gained throughout the years.”
Crabfest, which will run from Oct. 16 to Nov. 9, started at London Lennie’s in 1996. The event features a wide variety of the shellfish such as blue claw crab, Dungeness crab, red king crab, Jonah crab claws, snow crab claws and stone crab claws.
Each species of crab is flown in to the restaurant from a different place in the United States. Barnes and his chef first do a tasting and quality test of the fishermen’s products and then choose whichever one they feel is of the best quality.
All of the crab is fresh, never frozen, and both the red king crab and Dungeness crab are shipped to the restaurant live where they inhabit the fishing tanks until ordered.
Furthermore, customers can enjoy a variety of crab specials such as crab au gratin, three types of crab cakes and jumbo lump crab among others.
There will also be a large variety of crab appetizers along with specialty drinks that will complement each meal.
“We always look for the best of our product,” Barnes said. “It’s what keeps people coming back each year.”
Because the three-week-long event is so popular, it is best to make reservations due to how crowded the restaurant gets.
They can be made online at LondonLennies.com or on the phone at 718-894-8084.
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