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Good places for crabs in NYC?

Anyone have any recommendations for good places to go for a Maryland-style crab boil in NYC? Any of the City Island restaurants? Any place in Manhattan? Or do we have to slog all the way to Sheepshead Bay, or the Jersey Shore?

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  1. Tuesday night. Back Forty and Mermaid Inn.

    1. Fish on Bleecker Street does all-you-can-eat blue crabs at lunch. Pretty tasty.

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        1. Maryland-style crabs are steamed and we usually call it a "crab feast". For some reason, Back Forty and others call it a "crab boil" but boiling crabs is a Gulf coast thing I think. Definitely not Chesapeake. Anyway, you might want to look into this event next month- http://hammerandclaws.com/ .

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          1. re: Silverjay

            Hammer and Claws was incredibly fun last year and very well run.

            1. re: craig_g

              Cool. I was out of town last year. Looking forward to it this year.

              1. re: Silverjay

                Went to Hammers and Claws in September of 2012 and it was...off the hook amazing! Totally legit Maryland style crab feast (steamed crabs, not a frickin' boil). Impressively for an event of that size, the crabs were for the most part medium jimmies, some on the big side even. All you can drink Abita beer, though not sure why they partner with a LA beer instead of something from MD like Heavy Seas? But anyway, long picnic tables, butcher paper, the works. So many people don't know what they are doing, so you don't really have to worry about crowds plowing through the crabs. Enough for everyone.

                It was a well-coordinated event. Went with friends to Smorgusburg, Big Apple BBQ, Delany's brisket events, some Thrillist stuff, other get-togethers, and this was hands down the best time we had at a group outing last year. This type of thing is not for everyone, but if you're from DelMarVa environs, highly recommended. Already lining up a crew for this year's event.

            2. re: Silverjay

              We will be in Virginia Beach for a wedding. Phooey.

              1. re: DrGaellon

                Too bad. It looks like the real deal. But VB is known for crabs as well.

                1. re: DrGaellon

                  My favorite memory of crabs was at Virginia beach!!!! the long pier out on the beach served crabs w mallets to break them open. Look for it!!!

              2. Luke's lobster in east village has an amazing lobster salad! and crab one, too. But there's one huge shortcoming: it's too pricey for that portion (in other words, too small portion for that price). Guys need to grab at least two of those.

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                1. re: mingu725

                  I agree, not a good "value." Then again, it's Manhattan.

                  1. re: Motosport

                    And they recently (well, over the past year, maybe?) upped the price by a buck. This in the face of a Maine lobster glut...not exactly passing the prices on to the consumer, are they?

                      1. re: loratliff

                        Having worked in a family owned seafood shop in NYC I would have to say that article is not entirely accurate. We got plenty of live soft shells when the season was in. Granted they don't taste as good but our provider was able to supply us

                        1. re: MVNYC

                          But were they locally caught, or shipped down from Maine?

                          1. re: DrGaellon

                            The prices have dipped all throughout New England. The Maine appellation is a bit of a marketing term, I could serve you a Long Island Sound Lobster and a Maine one and you would not be able to tell the difference. Lobsters are not oysters, the environment doesn't play as big of a role

                            1. re: DrGaellon

                              Also places like Luke's deal only with claws and knuckles. You can't ship down live parts of animals. So their spin makes no sense. I would guess the claws/knuckles are steamed before they are sent down to NYC. If not raw body parts are sent down anyway and are dealt with in the same way.