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Mar 9, 2008 06:41 AM

Crabs In New York City?

I'm looking for a Baltimore-style restaurant in New York where you get a pile of crabs, a mallet, and a knife and you smash the crabs open to get at the meat. A very informal but great way to down 6-12 crabs at a sitting. Are there any such restaurants in Manhattan or the other boroughs? There used to be a great place called Sidewalkers on 72nd Street years ago, but they've been gone for a while now, but that's the type of place I'm looking for.

Thanks for any assistance.

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  1. Might want to check out City Crab & Seafood Co. 235 Park Ave. (at 19th St.) 212-529-3800.

    1. Only place in NYC I know of is in Brooklyn. Clemente's in Sheepshead Bay.


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          1. Huh? I've never had a bad meal or service @ City Crab. Go figure?
            I like the place because they always seem to have Maryland Style crabs on the menu.
            The last time we were there my lovely wife got the Dundeness Crab special and it was excellent.
            We used to go to Mara's Homemade on E 6 St but they moved to Nassau County.
            I love steamed crabs with O' Bay. Capt White's in DC and Ozzie's Crab Shack in FL are two of my favorites.

            1. re: Motosport

              The food quality at City Crab is not the best, imho

              1. re: foodwhisperer

                If it's the only place in Manhattan to get Maryland style then it's both the best and the worst!!! I'd love to know if there are any other places in Manhattan.
                I would not say City Crab is top notch seafood. Friends have joined me. I had the crabs and they had fish. Service and food were decent and not in the Milo $$$tratosphere.

                  1. re: Chubby_Seafood_Lover

                    They are steamed with O' Bay. What's faux??

                  2. re: Motosport

                    Motosport,,i like that " best and worst" youre very right. The last time i had the crabs with the hammer thing, was in Florida and they were really good

                    1. re: Motosport

                      I don't think there is anything close to a real MD crab place in NY. I'm not a native of MD but my family lived there long enough in my youth that my parents learned how to make a proper boil and made it at home as we moved around the country. The closest I've ever come to having proper crabs (no jokes please) in NYC is to make it home too. Only have not made it in a while as the wife is not a fan of crabs or the mess. I would love to find a place that's closer than a 5 hour drive too.

                      1. re: Bkeats

                        As Tipsy said earlier, there is Clemente's in Sheepshead Bay:


                  3. re: Motosport

                    City Crab Friday night for some steamed blue claws!! Ouch, they didn't have any hard crabs. Only softies.
                    I opted for the crab cakes which were excellent and filling wihout lots of breading. 1/2 dozen raw oysters to start. Great meal and wonderful service. Not too pricey.
                    I don't know why they get a bad rap from some.

                1. Sorry. You won't find anything like Bo Brooks or Hooper's or Waterman's, or Bahama Mama's or even Mug and Mallet in O.C., in NYC. N'existe pas.
                  Clemente's? LOL!
                  There was at one time, back in the '90's, a Maryland Crab House on 3rd Ave in the 20's, it was pretty good. Long out of biz.
                  Think of this as incentive to start a business...

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                  1. re: nationalbar

                    Last summer, the Mermaid Inn had a bucket of blue crabs on Tuesdays. I'm hoping they do it again this year. I grew up in Baltimore and a summer is not a summer until I've had my old bay crabs!

                    1. re: doobieny

                      Not Mermaid inn, but...

                      UPPER WEST SIDE — Marc Murphy's Ditch Plains is going to kick off its Thursday night crab boils on May 10. For $40, you can get a bucket of Atlantic blue crabs, with fixins. Call to make a reservation for one of the two seatings. (Source - Eater NY).

                      1. re: r32nissan

                        If they are boiled, they are not Maryland style. I think they boil in Louisiana. Maryland style are steamed.

                        1. re: r32nissan

                          wonderful news! thanks for sharing...