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mikka Jan 17, 2007 01:43 PM

Couldn't find any very recent posts on this, but I'm looking for a seafood market or restaurant that has crawfish either live or cooked to take home for a bears/saints party this weekend.

Mara's website said they last got crawfish on 1/10... probably too old now unless they get some more this week. Anywhere else that anyone's seen recently?

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    cervisiam Jan 17, 2007 01:49 PM

    mara's usually gets a delivery on wednesday, i think. however, i find mara's overpriced. depending on how much you want to get, you may try ordering it online. also, keep in mind that it's REALLY early in the season for LA crawfish, so they may be pretty meager looking. another option is to check and see if any chinatown seafood places have it.

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      CTCajun Jan 17, 2007 03:18 PM

      Your best best is to order them online, they will be shipped up live, typically with the spices as well. I have done this on a few occasions and just done my own boil. Then all you need is some anduille, corn, onions, garlic, and lotsa beer and you are ready to go. Have you ever done a boil before though?

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        mikka Jan 17, 2007 03:21 PM

        Sounds good, do you recall the site you ordered yours from?

        Yeah, I'm originally from Texas so I've been dying for the opportunity to do this here in NYC.

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          Hungry Celeste Jan 17, 2007 04:00 PM

          Greetings from Saints-fan-land: a great source for shipped live crawfish is Bayou Bounty Seafood (they'll also ship already boiled crawfish, too).
          http://www.bayoubountyseafood.com/
          Nice people, good quality seafood. I live nearby & buy live and boiled from them all the time. They supply seafood for my annual good Friday seafood boil.

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        CTCajun Jan 17, 2007 03:31 PM

        I believe I used the LA Crawfish Company, with them you can specify how many pounds you want while some places only give you 5lb increments, the most you pay should be like $5/lb but that includes overnight shipping. I have a good place near me for anduille, so I dont know about their sausage, but they should be able to supply you with everything else. I called to order and they were very friendly and helpful (though it may be the last name Boudreaux that clued them in I knew what I was talking about) But I was very happy with it. Good luck and enjoy (though I am very jealous)

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          cervisiam Jan 17, 2007 03:45 PM

          if you can't get them from chinatown or LA crawfish, your last resort could be freshdirect--they have 3 lb frozen packs for 10 dollars

        2. Gary Soup Jan 17, 2007 03:35 PM

          In San Francisco, they can sometimes be found live at Chinese fish markets. They also seem to be the hottest food fad in China, or at least Shanghai, these days, so the trickle-down effect will probably increase their availability in Chinatowns (but not in time for the Super Bowl).

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            Daniel76 Jan 17, 2007 03:55 PM

            yeh.. go to the fish shop that is right by the grand st subway stop.. I bought some last week.. Also the fish guy in hells kitchen has them normally..

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              mikka Jan 27, 2007 09:18 AM

              Just an update. We didn't think we'd have enough time to order the crawfish online, and also found that most places had a minimum 10lb. limit, which would've been fine if it was all we were serving and if more people were attending. We decided to make the trek to Chinatown to Tan Mi Mi (forgive me if I've spelled that wrong), but while they had Louisiana shrimp there was no crawfish, only frozen tail packets. We went to the market across the street and they had frozen whole crawfish... but it's just not the same. A little disappointed, we treked back uptown and stopped at Wild Edibles, but nothing there.

              Had the Saints won, my Super Bowl contribution would've without a doubt have been crawfish shipped directly from LA, but unfortunately it seems we'll be doing brats and ___ (what do you serve for IN food??). Although I'm tempted to do the crawfish just out of spite;)

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                Hungry Celeste Jan 30, 2007 10:21 AM

                Don't do crawfish out of spite, do it out of LOVE for dem Saints and as a tribute to their astounding season. And to support commercial fishermen in a still-recovering part of the country. 10 pounds is nothing...sounds like a snack for two!

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                  ESNY Jan 30, 2007 10:56 AM

                  breaded pork tenderloin sandwiches

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                  Blumie Jan 30, 2007 12:26 PM

                  For future reference, I've used these guys twice, both with good success:

                  http://www.cajuncrawfish.com/

                  1. JungMann Jan 30, 2007 12:34 PM

                    Chinatown does sell crayfish, but I find that there's very little tail meat in them. And what's in there isn't very sweet. Maybe it's just out of season at this time of year?

                    The Lobster Place has crayfish shipments fresh twice a week. There's a location on Bleecker and one at Chelsea Market.

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