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Crabcakes for a first-timer?

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asdf Nov 4, 2006 11:13 PM

I've never had crabcakes in my life before. I've heard many things about them though, from a good one with lumps of crab, to ones with a bad crab-to-bread ratio. So where can a first-timer find the best crabcakes in this city? Thanks.

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  1. Uptownflavor RE: asdf Nov 9, 2006 05:34 PM

    The best one's I've tried in NYC were at MoBay in Harlem. I've had authentic Maryland Crab cakes from the Inner Harbor in Baltimore and know a great crab cake when I taste one :)

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      alex70 RE: asdf Nov 9, 2006 05:36 PM

      My friend told me he had a crab cake at sea grill and said it was amazing. He said it reminded him of combination of fried chicken meets a crab cake. Sounded good to me

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        hon RE: asdf Nov 9, 2006 05:43 PM

        I am a Baltimorean and the nearest to a Maryland crab cake I ever had in NYC was at City Crab.

        1. erica RE: asdf Nov 9, 2006 06:05 PM

          Le Gigot on Cornelia Street makes the most fabulous crab cakes..listed as an appetizer, they can also be ordered in a main course-sized portion. Their oysters are also superb!

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            nychowgirl RE: erica Nov 10, 2006 04:25 AM

            When I saw this post, Le Gigot was the first thing that came to mind. It was pricey, but hands down the best crabcake I've ever had in NYC...maybe even better than the ones I've had down in Baltimore..

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            Fallon RE: asdf Nov 9, 2006 06:10 PM

            I lived in the Baltimore area for 5 years so I have had the real thing quite often. The only NYC crab cake experience I've had that even remotely compares were the ones I ate at the Four Seasons a while back. Expensive but well worth it.
            Believe it or not the 2nd best were at a place called John Henry's in Trenton, NJ of all places...
            Every other NYC seafood restaurant that I've tried the crabcakes have been a disappointment. Maybe I'm super picky but City Crab's were not good. Good luck.

            1. CorgiLover RE: asdf Nov 9, 2006 06:14 PM

              For brunch, Shelly's makes the best crab-cakes benedict I've had in NYC

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                Lucia RE: asdf Nov 9, 2006 06:33 PM

                I'm sure it's not the best, but I like the crabcake sandwich at Florent.

                1. Mickey Blue RE: asdf Nov 10, 2006 05:15 PM

                  You MUST try P.J. Clarke's. Their crab cakes are out of this world! Huge hunks of crab, almost zero filler! (and for me, to much filler can make or brake a crab cake.)

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                    pacz RE: asdf Nov 11, 2006 10:06 PM

                    I love the crab cake at The Redeye Grill, served with 3 seared shrimp and sauteed spinach. Big crab flavor, which is what you want in a crab cake.

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