Soft Shell Crabs Season for Foodies
By Morris Gut
FOODIES- The season for fresh, soft shell crab runs May thru September and there are legions who crave this delicacy simply sautéed or deep fried with some lemon and butter (perhaps some capers).
Artie’s Steak & Seafood, 394 City Island Ave.,
Of course, there are other recipes, too. Nothing like a crispy soft shell crab sandwich with the proper condiments. I am a big fan. Here’s where to seek them out?
City Island, Bronx
The blackboard lists the weekly specialties served with all the trimmings. Jumbo soft shells simply sautéed. Wash it all down with one of the house specialty cocktails or craft beers. www.artiescityisland.com
Randazzo’s Seafood, 2327 Arthur Ave., Bronx
Started 3 generations ago by a Sicilian family of fisherman, this market has soft shells in stock all season. www.randazzoseafood.com
The 808 Bistro, 808 Scarsdale Ave., Scarsdale 914-722-0808
Chef Salvatore will be serving soft shells with creamy polenta and cheese & spinach stuffed tomatoes on the side. Sounds yummy! They will also be on hand at their other space: 808 Social. www.the808bistro.com
Trattoria Vivolo, 301 Halstead Ave., Harrison 914-835-6199)
Chef/proprietor Dean Vivolo will have soft shell crab on hand in May when they begin coming up from the Chesapeake, prepared fried or sautéed, as you like it. www.trattoriavivolo.com
La Piccola Casa, 410 W. Boston Post Road,
Chef/owner Walter Ricci, who cooks across from blossoming Harbor Island Park, personally shops the Hunts Point Fish Market during the wee hours of the morning, and he was clued about the arrival of soft shells from one of his valued seafood purveyors. He does a flavorful job with them.
Magno’s Grill, 108 Centre Ave., New Rochelle
Chefs Angel & Paz Magno offer soft shell crabs piccata with caper berries over sautéed corn, tomatoes, spinach, with a lemon wine sauce. www.magnosgrill.com
Dubrovnik, 721 Main Street, New Rochelle
This restaurant, the first to specialize in Croatian/Adriatic cuisine in the metro area, excels in fish and seafood so you won’t go wrong here. www.dubrovnikny.com
Hurley’s Steakhouse & Pub, 15 Division St., New Rochelle (914-738-6000)
Soft shells will be on hand as a special throughout the season, prepared fried or sautéed with a variety of sides. www.hurleyssteakhouse.com
X20 Xaviar’s on the Hudson, 71 Water Grant Street, Yonkers
Chef Peter X. Kelly and company do a fine job with soft shell crab every year. Enjoy them along with expansive views of the Hudson River. www.xaviars.com
Harbour Fish & Company, 154 Mamaroneck Ave., Mamaroneck
This independently owned fresh fish and seafood shop offers plenty of take-out options. They will have soft shell crab on hand starting in May, live or cooked.
Do call ahead, though. www.harbourfishandco.com
Kee Oyster House, 128 E. Post Road, White Plains 914-437-8535
The daily catch served with a contemporary attitude and atmosphere. Fish and seafood are pristine. www.keeoysterhouse.com
Holy Crab, 32 Mamaroneck Ave., White Plains 914-948-3888
This seafood spot serves fresh Cajun-style seafood as you would see in New Orleans. Steamed sous vide bags, too. It is a long sprawling space with bustling bar/lounge during Happy Hours. www.holycrabny.com
Saltaire Oyster Bar and Fish House, 55 Abendroth Ave., Port Chester 914-939-2425
Soft shells are prepared in a variety of styles. www.saltaireoysterbar.com
Eastchester Fish Gourmet & Market, 837 Post Road, Scarsdale (914-725-3450) will be serving soft shells all season long. They shop the new Fulton Fish Market each week. You can take home from their market a few doors down, too. www.eastchesterfishgourmet.com
WOLF & WARRIOR BREWERY GRAND OPENING!
The official Grand Opening took place in March. Wolf & Warrior Brewing is the brainchild of Michael Chiltern, a micro-brewery and restaurant that features house-brewed beer, farm-to-table cuisine, and in-house roasted coffee.
The daily larder is posted on big blackboards overlooking the bar area.
I had popped in a couple of times early on, back in February, and watched as personable hands-on ‘braumeister’ Chiltern worked his gleaming machinery on the lower level where the actual brewing take place. The main level is a work in progress: a long sprawling space designed in an understated brauhaus mode with unadorned tables and chairs. The walls are highlighted by brewing artworks and artifacts. There is a lounge area in the front as you enter. Though there is a growing list of microbreweries in greater Westchester, Wolf & Warrior holds the distinction of being the only one located in White Plains. Got to taste a few tasty sausages and fixin’s off the menu along with a couple of brews. And, I must say, the signature ‘Wolf of White Plains’ IPA is a good one. An al fresco backyard is in the works, too.
Wolf & Warrior is located at 195A East Post Road, White Plains. Open daily. 917-238-9171. www.wolfandwarrior.com
(Morris Gut is a restaurant marketing consultant and former restaurant trade magazine editor. He has been tracking and writing about the food and dining scene in the Bronx and Westchester for 30 years. He may be reached at: 914-235-6591. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org)