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In June, Brooklyn Fish Camp, a spin-off of the wildly popular Mary’s Fish Camp in the West Village, opened its doors on Fifth Avenue, and it’s been packed to the gills ever since.

One reason for the schools of crustacean-hungry diners making a pilgrimage to the cafe: owner Mary Redding’s version of the lobster roll - a barely adulterated version of the delicacy served on a Pepperidge Farm roll. But that’s not all that’s reeling ’em in: there’s a raw bar, Maine-style fried clams, oysters and even soft-shell crabs (when they’re in season), and three or four catch-of-the-day options, served grilled or fried. (Right now it’s tilapia, red snapper, pompano and black sea bass.)

Even the desserts are home-style, shack-by-the-sea favorites like steamed lemon pudding, fresh strawberry shortcake and an upscale version of the hot fudge sundae made with gelato from Il Laboratorio del Gelato.

Sit in the cool, blue-walled cafe or outdoors in the garden. Sip a beer or a glass of vino from the white-heavy wine list. Chow down on a bowl of Canadian steamers or their justly famous lobster knuckles (the meat between the claw and the body, pictured at left), and the only thing you’ll miss is the sound of waves crashing on the shoreline.

Brooklyn Fish Camp (162 Fifth Ave. between DeGraw and Douglass streets) in Park Slope accepts American Express, MasterCard and Visa. Entrees: $18-$25. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday. Closed Sundays. For reservations, call (718) 783-3264.

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