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May 19, 2011 11:58 AM

Soft Shell Crabs - Best in Bergen to Eat??? - Crab Festivals?

Hello, as Soft Shell crabs are in season, I want to see what everyone thinks is the best restaurant to eat them at. My personal favorite two places are: 1) Sea Shack in Hackensack; 2) Oceanos in Fairlawn. My preferred way is sauteed.

Let me know your thoughts!!

Also - what do you all consider the BEST Crab or seafood festival to go to (at any time of year). Please include any festival that occurs anywhere in New Jersey, Connecticut, New York or Rhode Island (driving distance).


Oceanos Restaurant
2-27 Saddle River Road, Fair Lawn, NJ 07410

Sea Shack Restaurant
293 Polifly Rd, Hackensack, NJ 07601

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  1. Are there any places that prepare soft shells in North Jersey? Anywhere3 North of the Lincoln Tunnel OK...

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    1. re: menton1

      saw them on the menu @ Burkes on Old Hook 2 weeks ago...i'm allergic, so it was out...had a great burger, however

      Burke's On Old Hook
      65 Old Hook Rd, Westwood, NJ 07675

      1. re: menton1

        IMHO soft shell crab season is pretty much over. The shells are not so soft with my last three deliveries. I'm not cooking them again til, well, next late April - May.

      2. Today is the last day of the annual seafood festival in Belmar......if you love seafood, it's the place to be.....lots of tasty dishes.

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        1. re: maryanne06

          Last time I went to the Belmar Festival a couple of years ago, they handled it very poorly. When you get your food, there is absolutely NOWHERE to sit down and eat it... (Unless you sit on the ground). Or stand... Doesn't work for me.