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Any idea where to get lump crab cakes in New York?

mr_seabass Jul 3, 2013 09:52 AM

I love Faidley's in Baltimore and wish I could find something similar here.

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    Gelaine Jul 5, 2013 05:11 PM

    I've never had Baltimore crab cakes -:( But, Dorian, a seafood store on York and 84th and delicious crab cakes. Last time I checked they were $8.50 each but worth it.

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      pennylane17 Jul 4, 2013 06:59 AM

      Also a Baltimore native and their are limited options in NYC. Milo's has a respectable crab cake, but not Balt style with any spices-- but good lump crab. I just ordered from G&M this week and had some shipped up. They were outstanding.

      Alternatively, I have purchased the lump back fin from Agata on the UES and made my own-- their crab is pretty good. A pint is about $35 and they will splint into a half pint if requested.

      The only lump crab I saw at the Manhattan costco looked to be the refrigerated, canned crab meat-- possibly Phillips branded? Ick. Just not even close to fresh crab.

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        sushiman Jul 3, 2013 03:11 PM

        The Palm Restaurant makes amazing crab cakes. The size of hardballs.

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          knucklesandwich Jul 3, 2013 12:30 PM

          Crab cakes are on a thousand different menus in NYC, usually at prices that should make their dubious ingredients obvious.

          I've never had a decent crab cake in New York, I can't vouch for any restaurant that claims to serve them.

          And, jumbo lump crab is about $50 a pound this season, if you can find it.

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            JoanN Jul 3, 2013 12:59 PM

            Except at Costco, where I just paid $25/lb.

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              knucklesandwich Jul 3, 2013 02:04 PM

              Apples and oranges, I think. I can buy "jumbo lump" crab for $29 a pound in my neighborhood, but it has shells in it, and the quality is nowhere near what the OP's looking for.

              Mr. Bass, what's a plate of crab cakes cost at Faidley's these days?

              1. re: knucklesandwich
                JoanN Jul 3, 2013 02:38 PM

                Have you ever seen the Costco jumbo lump crab? Never saw a piece of shell or cartilage in it. Really. It's seriously good stuff at a seriously good price.

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                  knucklesandwich Jul 4, 2013 06:19 AM

                  Fresh, not-pasturized-in-a-can, whole jumbo lumps? At Costco? Seriously?

                  Which Costco?

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                    JoanN Jul 4, 2013 07:41 AM

                    Yes. Whole jumbo lumps. Product of Indonesia. Wild caught. It's produced by Phillips Foods and comes in a plastic tub. Doesn't say it's pasturized. Would it have to say so if it were? Only ingredient other than crab listed on the label is "Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate (to prevent the formation of struvite crystals)." Whatever that means. I've bought it in the Edison and Clifton Costcos in New Jersey and in the Costco in New Milford, CT.

                    Last time I was there they also had a lump crab, not jumbo, for around $16 or $17/lb, but I've never tried that one. I've been thrilled with the jumbo lump and pretty much always have some in the freezer.

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                      knucklesandwich Jul 4, 2013 08:07 AM

                      Phillips. Most definitely pasteurized. And most definitely not what the OP's looking for.

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                        JoanN Jul 4, 2013 08:23 AM

                        Not sure about that. If you go to the Phillips Web site ( http://www.phillipsfoods.com/retail-p... ) you'll see that they state clearly that their canned crab is pasturized. Not so the jumbo lump in the plastic tub.

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                          knucklesandwich Jul 4, 2013 08:40 AM

                          I don't mean to disparage the crabmeat you clearly enjoy, but it's a very different product than the stuff they pay so dearly for down in MD. Seriously.

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                            JoanN Jul 4, 2013 08:51 AM

                            I understand. But I can't get to MD for a shopping trip and what I buy at Costco is far superior, and about a third less in price, that what I can find at my local high-end fishmonger here in Manhattan.

                            Anyway, the OP was looking for crab cakes; he wasn't looking to make his own. And on that front, I have no recommendations. The crab cakes I make at home, using Jasper White's recipe and Costco crab, beat hell out of anything I've ever had at a restaurant here.

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                              knucklesandwich Jul 4, 2013 11:43 AM

                              Agreed. But my larger point is that a crab cake that costs $12 at the Lexington market in Baltimore should cost at least twice that in NYC if they're using the good stuff.

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            charmedgirl Jul 3, 2013 10:11 AM

            As a Baltimore native, I have not found anything approaching a Baltimore crab cake in the city. It's an annoying typical chowhound response, but if you are interested in making your own, I have found this recipe to be a worthy substitute. (Though I use a generous tbsp of Old Bay instead of Tabasco). http://www.southernliving.com/food/ki...

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