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Jun 2, 2009 11:28 AM

Soft Shell Crab on the Menu

Where can I get Soft Shell Crab in Manhattan right now? It's usually on the specials list at most restaurants, because of its seasonal nature. Does Momofuku have them right now? How about One Hundred Acres? Dell'anima? Chowhound spies help me out.

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  1. I had an AMAZING soft sheel crab dish an Wondee Siam on 9th Ave (the original one at 53rd St.) last weekend. It was served with a sweet/spicy mango salad. Definitely one of the best soft shell crab dishes I've ever had.

    1. This year I have had SSC at Pirella which I was a bit disappointed in, I found it over fried and over sauced, I had a very good roll at Sushi Samba.

      Last year I finally tried NY Noodletown for their famous SSC, it was fun and the crabs are huge, fried, a bit salty but good. I was not too crazy about the ones at Tocqueville.

      My favorites last year, and among the best I have ever has was at Five Points. They were simple grilled. It did not get as crunchy as some, but the full yummy crab taste was there without the distraction of fried and sauces, so good. I hope to go back this season.

      1. One at Marea was tasty. Also, according to Midtown Lunch blog, Certe on 55th has just come up with a very tasty sounding soft shell crab sandwich: a beer battered jumbo soft shell crab with bibb lettuce, remoulade sauce on a toasted butter potato roll ($8.95).

        1. Great softshell crab at 10 Downing just last weekend. Though I can't remember the dish description exactly, it was simple and excellent. Boyfriend and I shared, and contemplated ordering another round; it was that good. He also thought the breading tasted like the Colonel's special recipe - I beg to differ, it was much lighter - but hey, you never know where the inspiration comes from...

          1. It's on the menu at Gotham Bar and Grill now as a seasonal special. I am going to GBG on Saturday and am contemplating ordering it. The maitre'd said it is imcredible and one of their popular dishes when on the menu.

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            1. re: steakrules85

              I had the soft shells at Gotham last night. The serving was 2 nicely sized crabs (large enough that I gave half a crab to a friend I met at the bar - albeit I'm can't eat a lot in one sitting), fried and in a brown butter sauce. They were fantastic. Not too heavy, but with a richness in taste. I highly recommend.