The largest Black woman-owned seafood restaurant in New York City has officially opened its doors.

Tonique Clay is the founder and owner of Krab Queenz & Seafood. She launched the brand in 2017 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and it’s only gone up since opening.

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Five years later, there are more than eight locations across the south and now New York City with the opening of Hello Krab Queenz Harlem.

The 11,000-square feet location is taking over the space previously occupied by Harlem Olive Garden on 125th Street. It’s Clay’s first franchise in the Northeast.

“Krab Queenz is a brand that takes pride in providing a great dining experience to each of our customers. We want our customers to feel like family in our establishments outside of providing our delicious recipes. That’s the southern thing to do.” says Clay.

She adds, “We expect to raise the bar with the Harlem location. By it being in the Black Mecca, we have planned several events to celebrate, give back and involve the local communities, and it’s a blessing to be opening in Harlem. Still, it’s an even bigger blessing to be able to give.”

The Big Easy Meets The Big Apple

Just because the brand is expanding up north, you will still find all the southern favorites on the Harlem menu, including lobster or gator PO Boys and seafood boils.

Another southern favorite you’ll see on the Harlem menu? Boudin balls and waffle meals that come with your choice of fried shrimp, lobster, gator, or fish.

The Harlem location is open Monday through Wednesday from 3 – 10 p.m. and Thursday through Sunday from 3 p.m. to midnight.

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