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rosep May 1, 2008 11:28 AM

What restaurant (preferably below 14th street) has the best soft shell crab right now? I have been to NY Noodletown and want some other good suggestions....Anyone had them at Little Giant? Does Momofuko have them in season now?

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    kathryn RE: rosep May 1, 2008 11:30 AM

    Momofuku Ssam Bar has them, at least they did last week, but not when I dropped in this weekend.

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      rosep RE: kathryn May 1, 2008 11:47 AM

      does anyone know if mary's fish camp or pearl oyster bar has them? and if they are any good? how about tabla?

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        cimui RE: rosep May 1, 2008 04:29 PM

        Tabla does have them -- semolina crusted and fried -- but I haven't actually tried the dish, sorry.

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      namreb RE: rosep May 1, 2008 12:18 PM

      im thinking aquagrill

      what were your thoughts on Noodletown? i thought they were to salty

      im a big fan of sauteed sscrabs versus fried

      curious where i can find those!

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        rosep RE: namreb May 1, 2008 12:20 PM

        they are a bit salty at ny noodletown---but i think that's part of the method...i like them there but i want to find some really fresh sauteed soft shells to try out...i am suspicious of the freshness at noodletown sometimes.

        spotted pig does not have them tonight, by the way...but i have heard EU serves them...anyone had those?

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        maxine RE: rosep May 1, 2008 01:11 PM

        I am also jonesing for them. I am looking for someplace casual or better still takeout in or around E or W Village? Any Chinese or Vietnamese in this area make them?

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          rrems RE: rosep May 1, 2008 01:13 PM

          We had them as an appetizer at Perilla 2 weeks ago. They were superb.

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            rosep RE: rrems May 1, 2008 02:57 PM

            how were they done at perilla? and is perilla good in general? what else did you have?

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              streamwise RE: rosep May 1, 2008 04:00 PM

              I second the Perilla rec. The softshell crab dish is superb.I think they're coated in flaxseed, deep fried, and served with an awesome combination of a passion fruit vinaigrette and ramp 'kimchi'. I've had them twice so far....

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                princeofpork RE: rosep May 1, 2008 05:14 PM

                I had one sitting at the bar of Mermaid downtown. Nicely done.

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                  rrems RE: rosep May 1, 2008 08:21 PM

                  streamwise gave a very good description. Other dishes we have particularly liked are duck meatballs, pork belly, kingfish, and duck. And the red velvet cake, yummy. I think every dish I have had there has been excellent.

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                AriB RE: rosep May 1, 2008 06:52 PM

                Not sure if they have them right now, but Gotham has offered some delicious soft shell crab entrées. I remember it being served with couscous and possibly fruit (?), which somehow made the dish less heavy. Call ahead to check.

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                  Lucia RE: rosep May 1, 2008 08:15 PM

                  Had a great version at Picholine tonight--you might be able to order them separately on the bar. They just showed up on the menu today.

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                    rosep RE: Lucia May 2, 2008 07:43 AM

                    thanks, everyone! i am going to try them all, i think. i have a real craving for them this season!

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                      rosep RE: rosep May 6, 2008 08:23 AM

                      just as a follow-up--perilla's were fabulous...flax seed crusted with black chickpeas..and a sweet and tangy sauce...lovely

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                    rooney RE: rosep May 6, 2008 09:42 AM

                    le gigot. west village. fabulous on a salad. the fish market is a half block away and i think the chef hand picks them. also, not fried, which is a welcome relief. call to see if they have it on their specials.

                    1. famdoc RE: rosep May 20, 2008 08:34 PM

                      Union Square Cafe: Thursday special--$31. Very generous portion. Lightly breaded, served over green pea/asparagus puree. No reservations? Sit at the bar before 7 PM and have a glass of the Oregon Pinot Gris with it.

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                        sam1 RE: rosep May 20, 2008 09:57 PM

                        had an excellent flash fried soft shell as an appetizer at barbuto last friday. $18...nothing too special with this preparation but it was delicious.

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