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rifkind81 Apr 24, 2011 11:20 AM

Or am I too early?

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    nmprisons Apr 24, 2011 12:39 PM

    There are soft-shells coming out of Florida already, but not a ton and not great quality. Call around to the usual suspects and see who has them at the moment as availability seems to be day-by-day at this point.

    1. BaconBits May 7, 2011 04:01 PM

      Had the soft shells w asparagus and ramps today at Union Square Cafe. The ramps were conspicuously missing, but it was a delicious nonetheless. Two meaty nice sized crabs.

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      Union Square Cafe
      21 East 16th St., New York, NY 10003

      1. loratliff May 7, 2011 05:56 PM

        The Breslin has had them on special a couple nights, from what I've observed on Twitter. Freemans had them one night too.

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        The Breslin
        20 W 29th St, New York, NY 10001

        1. MVNYC May 8, 2011 09:16 PM

          NY Noodletown has them down in Chinatown. Expertly fried and something I look forward to every year

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          Great New York Noodletown
          28 Bowery, New York, NY 10013

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            nmprisons May 9, 2011 05:04 AM

            as does oriental garden

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            Oriental Garden
            14 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10013

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            UES Mayor May 9, 2011 05:03 AM

            Spigolo has them on menu all past week-served fried w delightful crust placed on top of the most delicious savory/sweet salad of greens and pickled onions w hints of spiciness. Worth the trip!!!

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            Spigolo
            1561 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10028

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              comiendosiempre May 9, 2011 05:22 AM

              Had a soft shell starter at Kenmare the other night, served on a bed of ramp risotto. The crab was tiny and just Ok. The ramp risotto was dry and clumpy. Sorry I can't report better ........

              Yes, some seafood spots in Chinatown do great soft shell crabs, and whenever I have had them at Gotham Bar they have been outstanding.

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              Gotham Bar and Grill
              12 East 12th Street, New York, NY 10003

              Kenmare
              98 Kenmare St, New York, NY 10012

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                SnowWhite May 23, 2011 11:41 AM

                I love soft shell crab season (and it's the main reason I came to this site today), but can't you get a spider roll any time of the year from any sushi place in town? And my local sushi favorite (Udo on Avenue B) has soft shell crab as an appetizer year 'round. Are these not as "real"?

                I had Tipsy Parson's soft shell crab last year - and it was fantastic. Definitely a step up from plain fried soft shell crabs found elsewhere. Why do they only have them for a month when the sushi places (and most restaurants in Chinatown) have them all year?

                So which soft shell crabs are we looking for? Gussied up crabs like Tipsy's & Union Square or plain old fried salt & pepper soft shell crabs found everywhere? How 'bout the best bang for your buck?!?!

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                Tipsy Parson
                156 Ninth Avenue, New York, NY 10011

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                  Nancy S. May 23, 2011 11:54 AM

                  I believe the "all year around" places serve frozen soft shell crabs.

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                    SnowWhite May 23, 2011 01:26 PM

                    Ah ha! The answer I was looking for!

                    So let's just omit the Chinatown restaurants - or are the crabs at Oriental Garden truly fresh?

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                    Oriental Garden
                    14 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10013

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                      sgordon May 25, 2011 10:29 AM

                      If any place in Chinatown is going to have them alive & kickin' before serving, it's Oriental Garden.

                      Also, worth noting if the OP wants to cross the bridge is Henry's End in Brooklyn Heights. They always have excellent soft-shells throughout the season. You can order by the single, double, or triple, and pick one of three sauces to go with. Super-fresh, simply prepared, awesome.

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                      Oriental Garden
                      14 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10013

                      Henry's End
                      44 Henry St, New York, NY 11201

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                        JMF May 26, 2011 08:29 AM

                        Great NY Noodletown only sells fresh soft shells in season. Never frozen. Personally I think they are the best in NYC.

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                    H Manning May 23, 2011 11:48 AM

                    soft shell crab taco - Empellon

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                    Empellon Taqueria
                    230 W 4th St, New York, NY 10014

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                      RCC May 23, 2011 12:57 PM

                      Had a very good fried soft shell crab over a bed of mesclun salad at Wild Edibles last Friday.
                      http://www.wildedibles.com/menu.cfm

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                      Wild Edibles
                      535 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10016

                      1. loratliff May 23, 2011 05:27 PM

                        The Spotted Pig had them on special last night. So good!

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                        Spotted Pig
                        314 W 11th St, New York, NY 10014

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                          nmprisons May 23, 2011 05:36 PM

                          The softshells at craft are pretty good right now.

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                          Craft
                          43 E. 19th St., New York, NY 10003

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                            steakrules85 May 24, 2011 06:11 AM

                            I've spotted soft shells on the menus at Spotted Pig, the Breslin, Gotham Bar and Grill, and Perilla so far just browing the internet.

                            I've had the soft shells at Gotham Bar and Grill a few years ago and they were incredible. Three large juicy perfectly fried soft shell crabs. One of the best dishes I have ever had. They rivaled the soft shells crabs I had at Galatoire's in New Orleans, which are undoubtedly the best I've eaten anywhere.

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                            Perilla
                            9 Jones Street, New York, NY 10014

                            Spotted Pig
                            314 W 11th St, New York, NY 10014

                            Gotham Bar and Grill
                            12 East 12th Street, New York, NY 10003

                            The Breslin
                            20 W 29th St, New York, NY 10001

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                          ttournoux May 24, 2011 09:12 AM

                          I was just at Almond (22st and broadway) and they had a soft shell crab appetizer that was delicious!

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                          Almond
                          12 East 22nd Street, New York, NY 10010

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                            ketanmv May 24, 2011 09:53 PM

                            Just had a soft shell crab appetizer at Marea - was tasty!

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                            Marea
                            240 Central Park South, New York, NY 10019

                            1. plumpdumpling May 25, 2011 08:43 AM

                              I was served a dish with one at Momofuku Ko last weekend. One's probably not enough for you, though, huh?

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                              Momofuku Ko
                              163 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003

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                                LBNJNY May 25, 2011 11:01 AM

                                I had a terrific soft shell crab appetizer over couscous at A Voce Madison last night. They have a pretty outdoor seating area for these (overdue) late Spring sunny evenings. I'd also recommend the octopus appetizer.

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                                A Voce
                                41 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10010

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                                  rifkind81 May 26, 2011 10:49 AM

                                  I actually ended up eating that softshell a few Sunday's ago...it totally satisfied my craving.

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                                ttournoux May 25, 2011 02:02 PM

                                It's not soft-shell, but thought you might be interested in these two crab themed dinners (from GrubStreet):

                                News from LTO today: The one and only Eddie Huang of Baohaus and Xiao Ye will be replacing current pop-up chef Leah Cohen when her stint ends there (by the way, tonight as well as tomorrow and on Friday, Cohen is offering a $55 three-course dinner in addition to the five-course option). From June 3 till 9, Huang will serve a five-course family-style dinner that’s $88 per head, with the additional option of pairing courses with Four Loko beer, Champagne, and a Pimms Cup. The feast, as you can see from Huang’s explanation as well as the menu, is centered around blue crabs, and Huang isn’t the only one doing the crab thing: The Mermaid Inn has announced that from Sunday till next Tuesday, all three locations will be offering a crab boil complete with the bibs and mallets. $24 gets you a bucket of Maryland Blue Crabs, cornbread, red bliss tomatoes, and grilled corn on the cob. Here’s Huang on the LTO dinner, plus a video documenting the Fatty Crew’s recent stint at the restaurant.(http://newyork.grubstreet.com/2011/05/we_got_crabs_eddie_huang_does.html?e=grubstreet--20110525

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                                Manhattan Fine Dining Examiner: http://www.examiner.com/fine-dining-i...

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                                Mermaid Inn
                                96 2nd Avenue, New York, NY 10003

                                Mermaid Inn
                                568 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10024

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                                  steakrules85 Apr 20, 2012 10:20 AM

                                  Wanted to resurrect this thread as is it early soft shell crab season. Looking for some more soft shell crab dishes. Had the soft shell crab at Scarpetta at the bar the other day and it was pretty good. I'm dying to try the one at Casa Mono and I see Mas seems to have them on and off this week (they post their menu daily).

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                                    Cheeryvisage Apr 20, 2012 10:31 AM

                                    I was at Oceana and Rouge et Blanc recently and saw soft shell crab on their menus. I didn't get them myself though.

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                                      r32nissan Apr 20, 2012 11:03 AM

                                      I was at Union Square Cafe recently and they had soft shell crab on their menu. Simple presentation (as most food is at Union Square Cafe) but very nicely done (as most food is at Union Square Cafe). Enjoy the season!

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                                        erica Apr 20, 2012 11:14 AM

                                        I had a soft-shell crab appetizer at ABC Kitchen this week. One good-sized crab, fried, with chili sauce, served on a bed of watercress. Good but not among their standouts. This, and several other current, seasonal menu dishes, have not yet been added to their website.

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                                          ttoommyy Apr 20, 2012 11:22 AM

                                          "I was at Union Square Cafe recently and they had soft shell crab on their menu. Simple presentation (as most food is at Union Square Cafe) but very nicely done (as most food is at Union Square Cafe)."

                                          I saw that dish going out a couple of times last week at US and kept kicking myself for not ordering it (although what I ordered was amazing). It looked wonderful!

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                                          loratliff Apr 21, 2012 10:24 AM

                                          If you're interested at all in cooking them at home, I've ordered them from Fresh Direct three times now this season and have been very happy with the quality.

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