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Jun 4, 2007 12:22 PM

Best spots for soft shell crab in NYC

I'm looking for the best places to find great soft shell crab in New York...Manhattan is preferable but outer boroughs are fine too. Fine-dining or low-key, any type of cuisine or preparation, I don't care. I am all about the crab.

Thanks in advance!!

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  1. I've had soft shell crabs four times this season, all at different types of places, but all were lightly fried (tempura style): Tomoe, Hells Kitchen, Klee Brasserie and Casa Mono. My favorite has to be the most recent at Casa Mono, the crabs were delicious and served with a salad of fiddlehead ferns and what looked like gigante beans (but they were green). Klee's were meager and a little disappointing, Tomoe's were great also but served bare. Casa Mono's were the best value as well (2 crabs, $16, compared to Hells Kitchens' $23).

    1. I tend to eat softshell crabs wherever I can. I've loved the Perilla version, as well as the Gennaro version (both are specials). I'd go for either of those in a pinch. I didn't care for the Centovini softshell dish though.



      1. I like the salt baked crabs at NY Noodletown. It's on the corner of Bowery and Bayard
        in Chinatown.

        1. I know people on this board don't like Mare but I had 3 plump, well cooked softshell crabs with scampi butter there the other night. 20th st and 8 ave