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Good places for crabs in NYC?

DrGaellon Aug 4, 2012 06:15 PM

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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    Tommynyc1 RE: DrGaellon Aug 4, 2012 06:39 PM

    Tuesday night. Back Forty and Mermaid Inn.

    1. loratliff RE: DrGaellon Aug 5, 2012 07:04 PM

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

      1. Silverjay RE: DrGaellon Aug 6, 2012 10:47 AM

        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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          craig_g RE: Silverjay Aug 8, 2012 06:29 AM

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

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            Silverjay RE: craig_g Aug 8, 2012 06:55 AM

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

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              Silverjay RE: Silverjay May 21, 2013 01:40 PM

              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.

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            DrGaellon RE: Silverjay Aug 8, 2012 07:09 AM

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

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              Silverjay RE: DrGaellon Aug 8, 2012 07:22 AM

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

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                UES Mayor RE: DrGaellon Aug 9, 2012 04:16 AM

                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!!!

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              mingu725 RE: DrGaellon Aug 6, 2012 01:20 PM

              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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                Motosport RE: mingu725 Aug 6, 2012 01:47 PM

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

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                  HippieChick RE: Motosport Aug 6, 2012 05:00 PM

                  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?

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                    loratliff RE: HippieChick Aug 6, 2012 07:17 PM

                    Missed this post, now did we—http://gothamist.com/2012/07/20/why_t...

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                      MVNYC RE: loratliff Aug 6, 2012 08:16 PM

                      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

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                        DrGaellon RE: MVNYC Aug 6, 2012 08:22 PM

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

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                          MVNYC RE: DrGaellon Aug 6, 2012 08:56 PM

                          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

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                            MVNYC RE: DrGaellon Aug 6, 2012 09:00 PM

                            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.

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                  kathryn RE: DrGaellon Aug 7, 2012 12:41 PM

                  This might interest you:

                  We are crustacean lovers here at the Mermaid & summer is our favorite time because of our Crab Boils on Tuesday!
                  Swim in tonight for buckets of blue crabs, corn, potatoes and corn bread for $24.
                  Hey, why not throw in a dozen oysters. Crabs + Oysters = Tasty Tuesday.

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                    Silverjay RE: kathryn Aug 7, 2012 01:51 PM

                    Another place that gets the Maryland part wrong...Hope their crabs are bigger than the ones in the photo.

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                      kosmose7 RE: kathryn Aug 7, 2012 05:05 PM

                      Yes! I think Mermaid Inn has one of the best deals for crab boil. I go there during happy hour to get the $1 oyster and $6 cava deal as well! All three locations (Mermaid Inn Upper West Side, Mermaid Inn East Village, and Mermaid Oyster Bar) offer the special. :)

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                      justinb914 RE: DrGaellon Aug 8, 2012 01:29 PM

                      I think you have to slog out to Sheepshead or the Shore. I've done Mermaid Inn's "boil" and been to Back Forty and it doesn't stack up to Clemente's. In fact the crabs at Mermaid were horrendously small, watery and null of lump crabmeat. But I'm always open to trying something new and will definitely check out Hammer and Claws.

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