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Murray Hill / Gramercy >
City Crab & Seafood Co.
Posted by Fishdiva on 08/19/2005
I've eaten here 5x since Feb 05 and have always really enjoyed it. In fact, I'm genuinely surprised to see so many lukewarm reviews. The linguini w/clam sauce (white) is absolutely perfect -- not drowned in sauce, lots of clams, no strong garlicky flavor -- and the oysters have always been fresh, cold and very tasty. The crab cakes are also great -- up there with some of the best I've tasted -- and the steamers are fantastic. If you sit upstairs I find the service is at its best and it's also a bit quieter. Give the place a try; it's worth it!
Posted by Anonymous on 08/15/2005
After my 2nd trip, once again, no soft shell crabs. Come on. I ended up with a seafood platter consisting of 2 shrimps, 2 scallops and 2 small crab cakes. It did come with a side of potatoes or broccoli, but for 23 bucks, I won't be back.
Posted by local review on 06/30/2005
Having passed this place several times since I live in the neighborhood..I always wondered if the always packed house meant it was something special or it's just considered special for...well, who knows why. I had my reservations...it seemed like a typical chain seafood place. should have listened to my instincts. I'm not sure why this place is still on the map. The service was poor. Took us 3 attempts to simply get another place setting as we were one short when seated. I ordered red wine which was served chilled...a HUGE no-no in my book. The grilled tuna was halfway decent but the mashed potatoes were luke warm. The chicken dish my wife ordered seemed like a frozen chicken plank, heated and served with french fries.
Posted by Maryland Seafood Lover on 05/28/2005
I was born and raised on Maryland Seafood. It is hard to find a restaurant that offers GREAT seafood. I loved the crab soup and the crabcakes are the best I have had outside of Maryland and my Momma's kitchen. The bartender is generous with the pour and the atmosphere is very comfortable. I recommend this spot and have dined there several times.
Posted by Crab lover on 04/05/2005
Reading the reviews, I thought I should mention the actual maryland style crabs. Last summer, on Sundays, they had a great deal going on the crabs. I must admit, the crabs tasted very fresh and were pretty spicey. However, I have had the crabs "off season" at City Crab, and they tasted less fresh. So, if you like Maryland style blue point crabs, check out this place in the summer.
Posted by RM on 02/06/2005
Looks like a great Seafood place until you eat the unimpressive food. Best comparison is red lobster at double the prices. Skip this one, not worth it and it looks a lot better than it is.
Posted by Tolerant Tester on 01/28/2005
I ate here last night, and while not repulsed by any aspect of my dining experience, I certainly was a little disappointed. I have to agree with the one reviewer who said that everything was just "mediocre". Don't order the Mussels & Clams (too salty), the Rock Shrimp Linguini (Boring and flavorless). Do order the Oysters Rockefeller, the Lobster Bisque and the Crabcakes. Also note that you should probably skip dessert and search out something to satisfy your sweet tooth in the area. The Chocolate Creme Brulee was the worst I've ever tried and the Pear/Cranberry Pear Tart Tartin was just OK. I would return to this place, but only to have fun with a big group of friends.