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Softshell Crabs 2012

sharky1 May 17, 2012 06:38 PM

It's May17..

post your favorite places to eat Softshells!

are they appearing regularly on the menu at Great NY Noodletown yet?

also - I'll be around Union Square tomorrow night pre-Fuerza Bruta.. any worthy preparations in the area?


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    foodwhisperer May 21, 2012 06:41 PM

    Kanoyama has excellent fresh soft shell crabs

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      sharky1 May 23, 2012 08:32 AM

      Soft Shell Crab (Fried Crab w/ponzu ans spicy mayo) $16

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        foodwhisperer May 23, 2012 02:30 PM

        Sounds like tonight's dinner

    2. Motosport May 21, 2012 04:50 AM

      Not Manhattan but Modern Snack Bar in Aquebogue on the North Fork has an outstanding huge lightly breaded softie.
      I'll have to make it over to Noodletown while they are still in season.

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        Pan May 21, 2012 06:08 PM

        North Fork is about 100 miles away - too far to go for a soft-shell crab, in my estimation.

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        DKennyC May 19, 2012 08:08 PM

        Union Square Cafe - good but small. I had it two weeks ago and it was $29. One not terribly large crab on some puree, with bacon bits and fiddleheads or maybe it was asparagus - delicious, crispy and golden but $29 for 1 crab does not make an entree!

        Takahachi - spider roll still the best in town.

        Masak - Brunch last week, fried and crispy in a brioche bun - amazing with jalapeno sauce $15.

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          steakrules85 May 19, 2012 09:00 PM

          Casa Mono and Blue Water grill now have it on the menu.

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            sharky1 May 19, 2012 09:10 PM

            oooh.. Casa Mono never disappoints. ramps and esplette pepper too!!! must.get.

            thanks for the tip!

            > Softshell Crab with Ramps and Espelette - $16

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              steakrules85 May 20, 2012 07:22 AM

              No problem. I love Casa Mono, however their soft shell crab dish didn't wow me. The ramps were chewy and while the body of the soft shell was fried perfectly, the legs were not making it hard to swallow.

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          Blumie May 19, 2012 06:35 PM

          Not Manhattan, but I had wonderful soft shell crabs at Roberta's, in Bushwick, last week.

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            whitneybee May 19, 2012 11:39 AM

            Craft had a softshell crab main on the menu when I went for dinner this past Sunday, but I'm only seeing it on the tasting menu online now.

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              sharky1 May 19, 2012 12:34 AM

              May 19 Report:

              I made it down to Noodletown around 1am tonight, and the soft-shells are as big and fresh and deliciious as always!

              had my usual and paired 2 of them with the roast pork and rice.


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                thegforceny May 18, 2012 05:23 AM

                Had 15 East's Tuesday night. Appetizer section but large enough portion for meal with a few pieces of sushi. Spectacular. Light, crunchy, salty coating, clean flavors.

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                  Pan May 17, 2012 11:13 PM

                  Union Square Cafe is serving them:

                  Crispy Soft-Shell Crab 31
                  English Peas, Saffron Broth, Fennel, Chili Oil

                  Quite a lot more expensive than Noodletown, of course! I remember having this dish many years ago and liking it.

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