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NYC - Newbie Desperately Seeking Best Crabcakes

CarolinOK Jun 23, 2011 08:44 AM

Planning an October trip to Manhattan. Any advice on where to find the best crabcakes? Would prefer a more casual restaurant near Manhattan or the Bronx. Thanks!

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    sushiman Jun 23, 2011 09:43 AM

    The Palm Restaurant makes insanely good ones. You get two the size of a softball.

    837 Second Avenue, New York, NY 10017

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      Simon Jun 23, 2011 10:28 AM

      Red Cat -- appetizer, lunchtime only

      Red Cat
      227 10th Ave, New York, NY 10011

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        Bkeats Jun 23, 2011 10:33 AM

        Del Frisco's does a great crabcake. No breadcrumbs, just crab with their cajun sauce.

        Del Frisco's
        1221 6th Ave, New York, NY 10020

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          RCC Jun 23, 2011 10:34 AM

          I've a small sample size, but liked the Mortons (46th and 5th) version.

          1. sgordon Jun 23, 2011 11:29 AM

            Hate to say it, because it's a Bobby Flay restaurant - but the crabcakes at Bar Americain were fantastic last time I had them. Generous serving, as well, for an appetizer.

            Bar Americain
            152 W. 52nd Street, New York, NY 10019

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            1. re: sgordon
              Roadpony Jun 23, 2011 01:15 PM

              Bar Americain's seafood appetizers are really good! The seafood trio was amazing last time I was there!

              Bar Americain
              152 W. 52nd Street, New York, NY 10019

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              theminx Jun 23, 2011 11:41 AM

              Just curious, but why are you looking for crab cakes in NY? They're more a Maryland specialty.

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                CarolinOK Jun 23, 2011 12:00 PM

                I love good crabcakes and they are hard to find in my area. What with NYC being such a culinary melting pot and so much activity on this board, I figured someone has found crabcakes they love there. My Bronx-born Italian boyfriend thinks we're coming just for the italian food!

                1. re: CarolinOK
                  nmprisons Jun 23, 2011 12:45 PM

                  As someone who was born and raised in Baltimore, I haven't found anything in this City that comes even close. That said, if you aren't interested in true MD style lump crabcakes, you could do worse than Del Friscos.

                  Del Frisco's
                  1221 6th Ave, New York, NY 10020

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                comiendosiempre Jun 23, 2011 07:47 PM

                Likely the best crab cakes I've had were at Milos. Just excellent, but pricey. Not that formal of a restaurant but yes, expensive. The Sea Grill at Rock Center used to have a great crab cake too.
                Good luck in your search.

                125 West 55th Street, New York, NY 10019

                Sea Grill
                19 W. 49th Street, New York, NY 10020

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                  UES Mayor Jun 24, 2011 04:06 AM

                  Believe or not the Indian restaurant in Tribeca called Tamarind makes a great crabcake!

                  99 Hudson St, New York, NY 10013

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