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Alaskan King Crab

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  • Jason Perlow Aug 29, 1999 12:54 PM
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We live in Jersey but often make the trek to Steve's
Pier 1 on Long Island (Oyster Bay?). What a pain in
the ass to get to, but their Alaskan King Crab legs
are awesome.

Not exactly sure where one would get good ones in NYC
or NJ, however.

Suggestions?

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    keith koenigsberg

    In Atlantic Highlands NJ there is a restaurant called
    The Clam Hut, which has always been one of my favorite
    seafood places for the single reason that they serve
    the best, biggest Alaskan King Crab legs. Go in
    summer, wait for a seat outdoors in back (wait time
    will be lengthy but they make good bloody marys: have a
    few and wander around on the piers).

    Most of the dishes are quite ordinary by Jersey seafood
    standards, but here are the 3 that are worth the trip:

    Steamers - I consistently get the best steamers in the
    world here. I don't know how they do it, maybe they
    know the best sources and have an exclusive
    arrangement, but they are sweet, clean, and delicious,
    served with butter and broth, of course.

    New England Clam Chowder - some of the best I know
    outside of Nantucket. Everything a chowder should be.

    Alaskan King Crab - of course it's expensive as hell,
    but the plate you get is full of huge, sweet, steaming
    legs so big they will interfere with the diners sitting
    next to you.

    I'll issue only one disclaimer: seafood can be so
    seasonally variable, from week to week, that it's worth
    asking your waiter what's good today and what's not
    before ordering. If people are complaining that the
    steamers are disappointing today, they should let you
    know.

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    1. re: keith koenigsberg

      The Clam Hut is in Highlands, NJ, not the neighboring
      town of Atlantic Highlands just in case anyone intends
      to visit. Their steamers are good but so are the
      steamers of all the purveyers in Highlands and the
      surrounding towns because Highlands is the steamer
      capital of the universe. The clam depuration plant
      is located right in town near the bungalow I rent
      there every summer as are the docks the clammers
      call home so the clams obtained there are the absolute
      freshest. I've never been a fan of the food served
      at The Clam Hut but can't deny that their
      location is stellar. I also agree that the way
      to get the best seafood is to see what's in season
      and what's caught locally, i.e., has not been frozen
      and in fact has been pulled from the water just
      that day if not hours before you sit down to eat it.
      That's why I have a problem with Alaskan King Crab.
      It is completely impossible to get it fresh anywhere
      except in (and maybe near) Alaska. All King Crab has
      been previously frozen (and I think precooked as well)
      so I can't justify paying what they charge for it. I
      will, however, pay good money for locally caught fluke,
      flounder, cod, lobsters, clams (of all kinds), porgies,
      crabs (soft and hard shell), etc. You'll be
      more likely to have a positive eating experience
      if you stick with the local catch. You'll also be
      supporting local fishermen of which there are fewer
      and fewer every year.