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CTCajun Aug 1, 2006 12:03 AM

I was looking to make some softshell crabs tomorrow night and was wondering if there was a good place to buy some fresh softshell crabs in Manhattan? Any help would be appreciated!

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    Raffles Feb 28, 2014 11:25 AM

    Chinatown when in season, bring a cooler!!! When is the season? Spring? Early summer?

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      sailingsa Feb 28, 2014 05:51 AM

      Chinatown...you just have to know which ones by trial and error...Grand street southwest corner near the D train station..

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      1. re: sailingsa
        financialdistrictresident Feb 28, 2014 10:27 AM

        salingsa, this thread is from 2006!

        Isn't it a little early for soft shell crab season?

        I'm curious to see which fishmongers are still around. . .

        "Two dayes y'ave larded here; a third yee know, Makes guests and fish smell strong; pray go."
        [1648 Herrick Hesperides 169]

        "Fish and visitors smell in three days."
        [1736 B. Franklin]

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        fauchon Aug 1, 2006 09:17 AM

        I get mine at Grace's Marketplace...I prefer the smaller size called "hotels"...Grace's fish/seafood dept is superb! They really know what they're doing & it shows.

        1. Michele4466 Aug 1, 2006 09:10 AM

          When I lived on the west side (or anywhere in the city for that matter if I had time to get there), I used to go to a fish market on 39th and 9th that I loved. I think it was Central Fish... Haven't been back in a few years, hope it is still there...if so, I am going to make a special trip...

          Saw dust on the floor, men in rubber boots, seemed like an old timer type of place. Excellent fresh fish, great prices, great serrvice, and they did whatever you needed to do to the fish/ prep wise...

          The soft shells were ALWAYS amazing...they started smallish and then grew as the months went on but always wonderful.
          We have bought everything from there, including fillets to whole fish...tuna to bass to...you name it!

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          1. re: Michele4466
            Cheese Boy Aug 1, 2006 10:10 AM

            Best prices anywhere in NYC for fish ... (besides Chinatown)

            Central Fish Market
            527 9th Ave At 39th St
            (212) 279-2317

            Sea Breeze Incorporated
            541 9th Ave At 40th St
            (212) 563-7537

            Call before you go and ask if they have soft shells.

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              meatme Aug 1, 2006 10:43 AM

              Any comments on the difference between these two neighboring shops? Price? Selection? Specialization?

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                Cheese Boy Aug 1, 2006 10:58 AM

                I haven't been to either one in a while, but quite honestly they're almost carbon copies of each other. I do remember one being much cleaner though than the other. They're your typical fishmonger. Don't expect upscale. Think more 'sawdust on the floor type of place'. Stop in both locations since they are very close in proximity, and do some comparison shopping first before buying. Pricewise and selection, they're almost the same. Your $ goes a little further on 9th Ave, at least for seafood it does.

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                  Felixnot Aug 1, 2006 01:13 PM

                  I go to both frequently, though I prefer Seabreeze probably only because it's next door to International Foods, (Greek Specialties and Spices). They are less than a block apart, and have a terrific selection of fish and shellfish.

                  1. re: meatme
                    Nosher Aug 1, 2006 01:22 PM

                    I like Sea Breeze for whole fish and Central Fish Market for shellfish, but it is true that the shops are very similar, so this is not a hard and fast rule-- just a trend.

                    Nosher

                    NYCnosh: http://nycnosh.com

                  2. re: Cheese Boy
                    Michele4466 Aug 1, 2006 01:16 PM

                    Thanks for the confirmation... Good to know it is still alive and kickin'...

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                  Kanger Aug 1, 2006 08:52 AM

                  agree with laguera, i've had good softshell crabs from citarella--in my case the location in the east 70's. chinatown also definitely has them.

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                    hon Aug 1, 2006 08:49 AM

                    I would think Chinatown!
                    Also, the Chelsea Market.

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                      laguera Aug 1, 2006 08:45 AM

                      Citarella on 6th Ave and 9th Street has them. I imagine the other locations have them also.

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