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Mar 13, 2010 06:11 PM

Soft shell crab club sandwich?

Anybody know of anywhere in nyc that serves a soft shell crab club sandwich?

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  1. Out of season, no, but Blue Smoke had the kind of sandwich you're looking for last year.

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    1. re: Wilfrid

      I've been wanting one for so long, but I'm going to have to wait a couple more months. I'll definitely check that place out. Thanks!

      1. re: Wilfrid

        What is the season for SSC and what makes them out of season?

        1. re: princeofpork

          The soft-shell is the blue crab in its molted state. Or another way to say it - they have to shed or peel their shells to grow bigger. And then they get a new shell. The molting process means soft crabs from late spring to early fall, with May through September ranking as the most productive months. They are available frozen year round.

          The fresh ones on the East Coast might start showing up in April.

          Signed, your friendly Marylander :-)

          1. re: Turtlejay

            Thanks for the info, I love them on white bread with a ton of hot sauce.

      2. I had one at Aureole for lunch back in August when it reopened in the new spot by Bryant Park. I enjoyed it.

        1. Recipe on Amsterdam B/W 81st and 82nd served one last year during the season.

          1. While not a sandwich, the salt and pepper fried soft shell crabs at NY Noodletown are some of the best the city has.

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            1. re: MVNYC

              It doesn't matter where you go, this time of the year any soft shell crab you'll find will be frozen. IMO frozen doesn't compare to fresh. That's one reason why when they are in season the best way to get them is while they're still alive - Citarella and other good fish stores only sell the live crabs- Once the fishmonger cleans them, they're dead, and are best eaten within a few hours.

              1. re: Ann900

                Thats why you only eat them in season