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We got soft shell crabs yet, or what?

SSC season is pretty much here! WooHOO!!!

Where are your favorites?

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  1. I had an awesome soft shell crab dish tonight (!) at Fatty Crab, 2 fried soft shell crabs with thai flavors served over rice- nice heat level, cooled off by a generous cilantro salad. The menu puts it at "MP." Market price tonight was $24. Really a great deal considering how awesome the happy hour drink menu is. Picklebacks, pbr and soft shell crab!


    Fatty Crab
    643 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014

    1. I saw them for sale at Wild Edibles in the GC Marketplace on Monday. They were ludicrously expensive ($9 a crab I think!!), but that means they're starting to roll in.

      Where can I get a good soft shell crab sandwich?

      Wild Edibles
      Grand Central Terminal, New York, NY 10017

      1. Cantoon Garden, or whatever they call it now. Elizabeth b/w canal bayard.

        1. Had them Sunday at Oceana terrific. Crispy and meaty, with blood orange hollandaise sauce too. Yummy yummz.

          120 W 49th St, New York, NY 10020

          1. Cafe d'Alsace had a excellent softshell app. in garlic, butter and lemon!

            Cafe d'Alsace
            1695 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10128

            1. Had a fantastic SSC sandwich at Perilla Sunday for brunch. Delicious!

              9 Jones Street, New York, NY 10014

              1. Had them at Takahashi last night, good stuff. Can't really F up fried softshells, but they were quite fresh and served with a great garlic soy sauce on the side. Good stuff.

                1. Had a great one at Tipsy Parson's last week!

                  Tipsy Parson
                  156 Ninth Avenue, New York, NY 10011

                  1. I got some via Fresh direct and some at Dorian's Fish Market on the UES. Both comparable in quality. They are very easy to make at home.

                    1. Henry's End (in Brooklyn Heights) usually has three or four different preperations of them that they run through early to mid Summer. Always solid. My go-to for SSCs. http://www.henrysend.com/ - they won't be listed on the website since they're always seasonal "specials" (and CHOW won't do the auto-link below because you can't post "outer borough" restos on the Manhattan board for some reason...


                      Marc Forgione does a kick-ass one with smoked tomato mayo

                      You got your high-end Japanese places: Nobu, Morimoto, Megu, etc. Soto makes a particularly good curry-spiced one.

                      And of course, most of your big steakhouses start putting (overpriced) ones on the menu.

                      Or, my favorite: pick up a few from a good fishmonger and just throw 'em in a pan or on the grill!

                      105 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10013

                      88 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

                      62 Thomas Street, New York, NY 10013

                      Marc Forgione
                      134 Reade Street, New York, NY 10013

                      1. Had the app at Marea. Fresh and delicious, though not particularly special in execution.

                        240 Central Park South, New York, NY 10019

                        1. Went to Great N.Y. Noodletown tonight for the salt baked soft shell crabs. They were very good. I was dining alone at a big table with a party of three and a party of two. Everyone was jealous of my food (I know 'cause they told me so). I considered offering to trade some of my crab for a piece of baby bok choy or a little fish and corn over rice, but I worried they might think me odd. Wouldn't it be great if you could sit at a communal table and swap food with strangers? I would love that.

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                          1. re: small h

                            small h- I actually did that once. I was out to dinner with my boyfriend and had ordered a shrimp dish. He was allergic to shellfish, and I was so excited about my dish that I spontaneously offered a taste to the woman sitting at the next table. She and her boyfriend laughed and she accepted and then ordered the dish. It was definitely an odd impulse, but it was kind of fun to break social convention. I'll bet if you had offered to share you'd have had a fun time with your fellow diners.

                            1. re: luckiestduck

                              Well, I hope that when the spirit moves me, it'll be someone like you - or maybe even actual you - on the receiving end.

                          2. Second awesome soft shell crab dish of the season tonight at Chef David Chang's Ssam Bar. One fried soft shell crab served with lemon confit, aspargus and pickled garlic. As is the case at Ssam you don't get a ton of food or the $24 but you do get a ton of subtle flavors. Awesome tartness offsets the sweet crab meat, and there's a touch of heat too.


                            1. OK, I'm a soft shell crab virgin (my husband can't stand the sight of crabs and I mostly eat out with him) and am wondering where would be a good place to try it? Somewhere not too $$$ and accommodating for a solo diner would be great. Also with a preparation that would let me really taste the crabs! Any ideas?

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                              1. re: uwsister

                                NY Noodletown. Their Soft shells are inexpensive, you can sit solo and the crab shines.

                                1. re: uwsister

                                  Definitely NY Noodletown....their salt-crusted soft shell crabs are to die for!

                                  it's an annual event for us.

                                  1. re: kola86

                                    agreed! love love the ssc at noodletown!

                                    1. re: shu

                                      Awesome! I'll be heading to NY Noodletown very soon. Thanks everyone!

                                2. Awesome soft shell crab appetizer tonight at Chef Michael White's Convivio : For $16 you get a single fried pan fried soft shell crap with a small salad, a riff on tartar sauce and a delicious slice of focaccia. I haven't had the ones at Jean-Gorges, but my dining companion had them only yesterday at lunch (how jealous are we of his food life) and he said Convivio beat it. Yummy simple preparation flawlessly executed.


                                  45 Tudor City Place, New York, NY 10017

                                  1. Went to a steak dinner at Strip House, remembered this thread and ordered the softshell app which was on the special for the night. Tempura battered with avocado dressing and some fresh veggies...pretty underwhelming, didn't really have a fresh crunch to it.

                                    Strip House
                                    13 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003

                                    1. Had a delicious softshell crab po'boy at Tracks in Penn Station last Sunday - the crabs were meaty and sautéed with a cornmeal coating. Tracks has to be the best restaurant in a highly uinlikely location in Manhattan. Good PEI oysters, too!