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Fresh Soft Shell Crab Specials?

Serious Eats informs me that soft shell season has started in the Gulf, and fresh (not frozen) soft shells have shown up at Grand Central Oyster Bar...any sightings in Brooklyn? Fish camp, Blue Ribbon Sushi or Taro or any Sunset Park places, or al di la or Applewood or iCi or . . . whoever else would be sourcing fresh delicious soft shell crabs?


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  1. okay its now a few weeks later so I'm topping this, would love to find some soft-shell crabs this weekend in Brooklyn. Anyone spotted them yet? They should be in season now!

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    1. re: jinx

      If Henry's End has them, they do a nice sauteed version. Choice of three different ways, IIRC.

      1. re: jdf

        i know it gets some flak for being kind of stodgy, but London Lennie's is always great for soft shells. went on easter sun - early in the season - and had the simple saute. three smallish, delicious specimens (with a yummy spinach side). they also do a deep fried which i have had in the past, and a basil-y 'italian' saute, which i've never ordered because i like to stick to basic with soft shells.

        1. re: jdf

          HENRY'S END has always offered the mist delicious SSCrabs in Season. They do a sauteed version, but if they are not too busy, they will deep fry them to a crispy turn for you.

          One of the best SS Crabs were to be found at ARMANDO'S Now that they are re-opening, I'm hoping they will be back.

          The Moroccan Butter Sauce version is especially delicious.

          We have also had great SS Crab at JOYA.. The SS Crab Tacos at CHESTNUT are sensational.

          1. re: Fleur

            Yes, the Moroccan butter is my favorite preparation. Is it confirmed that Armando's is re-opening? Are they taking over their old space?

            1. re: jdf

              I read about it in the Brooklyn Heights Press. Apparantly, Peter, the owner, who also owns of the building could not find a suitable tenant, and decided to re-open ARMANDO'S in his old space.

          2. re: jdf

            Henry's End's garlic basil is my favorite. They are lightly battered and fried and perfectly non-greasy. One of their best items.

          3. re: jinx

            On special at Fanny on Graham Ave. last night. Looked good.

          4. Was just at Brooklyn Fish Camp yesterday and did not have them on the menu.

            1. I've heard Sri does soft shells. They must be amazing, and I can't wait to find out.

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              1. re: 2slices

                I wonder if they get fresh or frozen . . .

                1. re: pitu

                  It's always on Sri's menu, and they always have it, so it can't always be fresh.

              2. any further reports? Still haven't had any this season!

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                1. re: jinx

                  Had them last Sunday night on special at Le Barricou in Brooklyn...two crabs, lightly seasoned and very lightly fried, with green beans and mashed potatoes. Believe it was $25. Pretty good. We were super early for dinner, ate at the bar, and may very well have been the first to order the soft shell crabs as the chef came out to inquire as to how we liked them (very much).

                  1. re: urbancowgirl

                    I had the same dish at Le Barricou - believe it or not I had never had soft shell crabs outside of various sushi and asian preparations - I enjoyed this meal a lot.

                2. HENRY'S END has Soft Shell Crab. They are also available with a $2 supplement on their 3 course Prix Fixe Menu @ $25. What a bargain! And so delicious too.

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                  1. re: Fleur

                    I noticed that it was on the prix fixe. Do they give one crab or two?

                    1. re: jdf

                      My friends had the SSC at HENRY'S END during the week, on the Prix Fixe.

                      They reported that each plate has two rather large crabs, and very good.

                  2. Had em at Applewood the other night. Yum. (Oh and if you go, you have to get the lobster broth! Trust me.)

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                    1. re: hambone

                      They have it at brunch too, was delicious.

                    2. just wanted to share that i had a pretty lousy fried soft shell crab at walter foods on friday...$19 for 1 very fried crab...for an entree, i reckon they should serve two. the batter was so thick, it took away most of the flavor. their fries sucked too.

                      on the other spectrum, i had by far the best soft shell crab sandwich last night at pete's waterfront ale house.

                      1. Maybe the world's most perfect food, after pizza of course...

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                        1. re: NYJewboy

                          Finally had some tonight at Petite Crevette. Nice meaty and juicy ones, pan-fried with capers and tomatoes. I usually prefer them deep fried but these were excellent. As was their corn-crab chowder. Next weekend perhaps I'll search out some deep fried ones.

                          Was tempted to go to Henry's End-have never been there--but just never can park down around there.

                          1. re: jinx

                            Henry's End parking trick: Arrive between 6 and 7 PM. You usually can find a metered spot even if you have to drive around a bit. Then put enough money to last to 7PM when the meter period ends.

                            1. re: bobjbkln

                              thanks Bob, maybe we'll try it next weekend.

                              1. re: jinx

                                Questions -- Jinx, do you recall how much they were at Petite Crevette? Also, is the Henry's End prix fixe nightly?

                                1. re: chompchomp

                                  They were $23 which included two crabs, mashed potatoes and sauteed vegetables. Also Petite Crevette is BYOB (with a $5 corkage.)

                        2. Had the 2 piece soft shell crab special ($6.99!) at Andy's Seafood & Grill, 95-26 Queens Blvd, Rego Park, Queens, NY. A little greasy, but tasty and not buried in batter. I'm no expert on soft shell crab and have to wonder if it's fresh at this price, but don't really care. It's a new, small place just a block from the subway and they have a small lunch buffet. It's Taiwanese, so maybe standard Cantonese choices are not the best options.

                          1. Fiore in Williamsburg had them on special tonight. $18.