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Giving soft shell crabs another shot, where to go?

A few years ago I wanted to give soft shell crabs a shot in NYC and had them in a spider roll. However, I noticed that it wasn't exactly the "potato chip-like" shell people were telling me it was. Instead it seemed like a softer, chewy version of the shell normally there. Eating an unpeeled shrimp is what I would compare it to. Could this be due to the place I went or is this how soft-shells normally are? I'm willing to give them another go in the DC area and am wondering what places to I should try.

Any advice is appreciated

Jul 21, 2011
sjet in Washington DC & Baltimore

Looking for a modest setting for the weekend.

Perry street may be fancy but I did like the atmosphere. It wasn't too terrible like some of the higher upscale places. Right now Redhead, Malatesta and Public as mentioned are worth looking into. I especially like the Sunday Supper at public, although I don't know if my girlfriend would be comfortable with the randomized menu.

Thanks for all the replies everyone the help is appreciated

Feb 18, 2010
sjet in Manhattan

Looking for a modest setting for the weekend.

I've actually been there before. Pretty street is a great place I might give it a second go when I stop over this time. I had completely forgotten about it and fig and olive.

Feb 18, 2010
sjet in Manhattan

Looking for a modest setting for the weekend.

After a long four years of research, classes and even a few papers with my name on them I've finally finished my undergraduate Biology degree.Columbia University has expressed some interest in me and would like me to meet with one of their researchers for a casual discussion over lunch in March. My undergraduate research program is paying for my hotel and transportation for three nights. With the lunch taking up half of one day I have two to explore New York on my own. I've visited New York dozens of times as a teenager to visit family, this is my first time going with no intention of visiting a dozen cousins in the Bronx.

My girlfriend and I are intending to find a Broadway show during our stay and a few places to eat along the way. A friend of mine, native to the area recommended I try small places to eat like a salt and battery in Greenwich Village. If anyone has any recommendations for lunch at similar places I'd welcome them. We also intend to find varying modest, romantic and non-pretentious places for dinner each night there. I've tried to look for places that fit that bill but it's hard for me to tell without actually having visited potential candidates for our dinner nights.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Feb 17, 2010
sjet in Manhattan