Brits Requesting Crab Legs/Seafood Tonight
I have two male British friends in town tonight, and they're requesting "beers, crabclaws or seafood (not expensive)" tonight.
Does anyone have thoughts on the below spots for tonight?
Other suggestions are welcome, though I'm avoiding Mary's & Pearl b/c of crowds...
- BLT Fish Shack
- City Crab
- Shaffer City
- Mermaid Inn
- Black Pearl
the downstairs "shack" at blt fish is, at least in my view, still quite expensive and not particularly great. mermaid inn is very good, but you might want to check on the menu to see if it suits your friends as it's not extensive. shaffer city i haven't been to in years, but i used to love it.
It might be difficult to find inexpensive crab claws/legs. I can think of many restaurants that have them, but they don't come cheap.
i'm a big fan of shaffer city. best oysters in manhattan. fish is always fresh and properly prepared. don't recall ever seeing crab claws on the menu.
There's a "sports" bar downtown near the Brooklyn Bridge that used to have the most incredible fried fish (clams, oysters, calamari, shrimp, etc) and a wide selection of good beers available by the pitcher. It was a huge old warehouse with concrete and sawdust floors and big screen TVs all over the place showing every conceivable game on the planet. I can't remember the name of the place for the life of me, but it was abutting the south side of the Brooklyn Bridge (maybe one or two blocks from the waterfront) and I had to pass South St Seaport to get there from the subway AND it was within smelling distance of the Fulton St Fish Market before it moved.
You mean you don't eat the fried calamari/oysters/clams/shrimps there? You're missing out on one of life's great joys. I wouldn't recommend it for anything other than that, though. And it's probably too greasy spoon for the OP was looking for. I don't think one would find crab's legs here.
1. Check out menupages.com for menus of restaurants to see what they serve.
2. Dock's on Broadway around 89th St. may have what you're looking for, though I don't think of crab legs as economy fare. Will be for the Brits, however.
This might be too close to home atmospherically for out of town Brits, but St Andrew's on 44th Street has phenomenal seafood and one of NY's truly great selection of beers. But be prepared for a British staff and a Scottish influenced menu. You can go fancy and eat in the dining room in the back, or you can have a more rowdy time at the high tables by the bar in the front.