City Crab Shack

City Crab Shack

(Now Closed)
Seafood Restaurant and Cocktail Bar$$$$
Union Square, New York
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  • Holiday
    HolidayNovember 12, 2016
    Pop in for happy hour oysters, and eat dinner somewhere else. Great location, but quality and decor straight out of 20th century. Great opportunity for a hip restauranteur.
  • Danny N.
    Danny NathanSeptember 27, 2016
    Hate to say it but the food was pretty bad and the service was worse. Should have know when we had no problem getting a day-of reservation.
  • Molly S.
    Molly StoddartJuly 31, 2016
    Good food - the clam chowder was awesome - and decent service.
  • T B.
    T BJuly 28, 2016
    New location, same quality eats
  • Toby M.
    Toby MatejovskyJuly 14, 2016
    Best crab cake in New York by a long shot! Validated by a Marylander.
  • Jenny L.
    Jenny LeeJune 24, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    If you're hungry, go for tasty & generously-portioned chicken & waffles. Crab cakes are tasty and filling. Much smaller place & menu, but still popular.
  • Lisa Z.
    Lisa ZMarch 2, 2016
    Their butter rolls are SOO GOOD
  • Pat H.
    Pat HuDecember 30, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Relocated, reimagined casual take from the original City Crab Co. crew! 👍🏻🍴
  • lOYDA p.
    lOYDA pAGANAugust 22, 2015
    Everything! Closing forever end of August, so get there fast! Will be sorely missed.
  • Jack T.
    Jack TarJuly 22, 2015
    It is quick it is roomy and the deals are good but I cannot call it seafood.
  • Tules Y.
    Tules YeginJune 14, 2015
    A long time fan of the oyster and crab legs I always like to sit by the bar and chat with the bartenders
  • Glenn D.
    Glenn DJune 13, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Go for the weekend HH. The drinks are great & there are some really good app choices
  • emily m.
    emily mcgillFebruary 20, 2015
    Love the happy hour. Buffalo shrimp and oysters are among my favorites.
  • Patricia T.
    Patricia Thomas-WolfeFebruary 6, 2015
    Brunch and unlimited breakfast cocktails.
  • Caroline S.
    Caroline ShadoodFebruary 1, 2015
    Only go here during happy hour, otherwise it's overpriced.
  • Chris G.
    Chris GabrielNovember 9, 2014
    Pan-seared yellowfin tuna is melt-in-your-mouth superb. Also great is the lobster mac & cheese.
  • Lauren S.
    Lauren SKNovember 6, 2014
    The best of the best for a special treat. Lunch specials are a great deal for lobster rolls!
  • Calvin M.
    Calvin MultanenOctober 18, 2014
    Kind of touristy but not a bad place to grab some seafood. Nice happy hour specials.
  • Jeff R.
    Jeff ROctober 14, 2014
    Columbus Day oysters and Stella - half price happy hour and all day on holidays!
  • Susan M.
    Susan McGowanSeptember 27, 2014
    Lobster mashed potatoes delish! Calamari very dried out but mashed potatoes were wonderful! Staff really nice.
  • Perdida s.
    Perdida summerSeptember 27, 2014
    Yummy for my tummy
  • 陳雄暉 弟.
    陳雄暉 弟兄September 15, 2014
    If the Crab Pot and Lobster Bake both look good to you, go with the Crab Pot. You won't be disappointed.
  • Kim G.
    Kim GillSeptember 13, 2014
    Sharing a photo from Restaurant Week summer 2014
  • Teresa
    TeresaSeptember 11, 2014
    Came here for restaurant week. The crab-stuffed lobsters are delicious, but the appetizers were disappointing. I recommend ordering dishes separately (if in a big group) rather than getting the set.
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsSeptember 3, 2014
    Check out City Crab as seen on Chopped Read more
  • Justin A.
    Justin AlastairAugust 31, 2014
    This is that rare occasion when you wish you could identify lobster poop
  • Eddie R.
    Eddie R.August 28, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    A bit too pricey, but the fare is good.
  • Jaimee W.
    Jaimee WatsonAugust 23, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Get the lobster mac and cheese during happy hour!
  • Ryan W.
    Ryan WatsonAugust 14, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Great happy hour weekdays 4-7 at the bar (not sure about wknd) half price apps. Lobster Mac and cheese and oysters are top notch.
  • Vic C.
    Vic C.August 11, 2014
    Wasn't impressed...crab was rubbery .. service sucked
  • Kim G.
    Kim GillAugust 8, 2014
    Loving the lobster Mac & Cheese
  • Daryna
    DarynaJuly 8, 2014
    Wifi password is a phone number
  • Julia Kwan
    Julia KwanJuly 2, 2014
    Half off appetizers during happy hour are not the greatest...but they're half off so I go 😋
  • Jessica
    JessicaJuly 1, 2014
    Best happy hour!!
  • Gordon M.
    Gordon MeiJune 21, 2014
    Best part's the $1.25 oysters during happy hour, 4-7pm weekdays. Only counts if you're seated at the bar -- if the bar's full downstairs, try the bar on the mezzanine.
  • michael s.
    michael schatzbergMay 16, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    25 bucks for lunch 3 courses can't beat that!!!
  • michael s.
    michael schatzbergApril 27, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    Price fix 38 bucks 3 course what a deal #citycrabnyc
  • michael s.
    michael schatzbergApril 27, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    Hot fudge brownie sundae
  • Compass
    CompassApril 25, 2014
    The dressed up Maryland crab shack offers seafood feasts.
  • Carlo C.
    Carlo CiscoMarch 6, 2014
    Love it all seafood dishes are they use fresh ingredients and aren't stingy. If you're a foodfan select member you save 20% off your full bill
  • Tom W.
    Tom WahlinFebruary 19, 2014
    Try the crab. Pay with cover.
  • michael s.
    michael schatzbergFebruary 2, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    best happy hour in NYC half price everything
  • Joe D.
    Joe DLRDecember 24, 2013
    Great place for seafood.,,yet be selective or your bill will get out of hand. Stick with appetizers-- half the price of typical entrees. Avoid the wine ...$11 for the cheapest one.
  • ZenFoodster
    ZenFoodsterDecember 21, 2013
    Best seafood HH: get lobster rolls & lobster mac n' cheese! $1 oysters, 1/2 off apps, beers, wines, & well drinks in bar area. 4-7pm M-F. Reverse HH 9:30pm-cls M-Th & 10pm-cls Fri-Sat. Sun 12-7pm.
  • Rosanna R.
    Rosanna Rosatic-OneNovember 12, 2013
    Place suck go somewhere else!
  • jeff G.
    jeff GalushaAugust 27, 2013
    Careful! The kids meal chicken fingers are amazing. If you taste them you might not have room for your entrée.
  • Khalid E.
    Khalid ElachiAugust 17, 2013
    Restaurant week deal is great! Lobster was delicious.
  • Marilyn
    MarilynAugust 15, 2013
    Ask to be seated on the second floor, it's nicer
  • City Crab Shack
    City Crab ShackJuly 31, 2013
    You know we LOVE our seafood at City Crab BUT...we also have a number of options for those who are not a fan of our aquatic friends. Come down and try the delicious Chicken Sandy or Chicken Parm!
  • michael s.
    michael schatzbergJuly 26, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Alaskan king crab is so gooooood
  • michael s.
    michael schatzbergJuly 9, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Best and only king crab legs in the city
  • Max S.
    Max SklarJune 28, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    I don't understand some of these tips; service has been great every time! Linguini with white clam sauce is a favorite.
  • Tony X.
    Tony XerrayJune 17, 2013
    This is the Red Lobster for rich bankers that don't know where to spend their lunch hour. Mediocre cocktails and our order was misplaced. The food was miles away from the prices. Not coming back here.
  • Dave S.
    Dave SurganJune 5, 2013
    The good food doesn't offset the shitty service. Spend your money somewhere else.
  • Brea E.
    Brea EllisMay 23, 2013
    I would NOT recommend this place. The food was mediocre at best. Lobster in the Alfredo was rubbery, bread basket was dry, sangria was weak.
  • Hildred D.
    Hildred DavisApril 20, 2013
    Try the species lobster pasta , it's so good and very very. Hot !!
  • Hildred D.
    Hildred DavisApril 20, 2013
    The best steam blue crabs!!
  • John B.
    John BudnikMarch 19, 2013
    The first time in NYC that the food was as spicy as they claimed (Very Very Angry Lobster ) Great food and great bar
  • michael s.
    michael schatzbergMarch 9, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Try the Alaskan king crab
  • Joe D.
    Joe DLRMarch 6, 2013
    Oh so pricey
  • Matt W.
    Matt WilliamsJanuary 28, 2013
    Oyster rock. The bomb. Can't stop eating it. Also love oysters on the half very fresh.
  • Ian O.
    Ian OgdenJanuary 27, 2013
    Awesome brunch drink special! $17 for bottomless bloody Marys! Praise Jesus!
  • Ian O.
    Ian OgdenJanuary 27, 2013
    Ordered fish stix off kids menu for my daughter... And it was prob the best fish and chips I've ever had!
  • Tanya
    TanyaJanuary 16, 2013
    They will not give you smaller portions just because it's restaurant week. Lobster Alfredo (reg. menu) is so, so good and rich.
  • Karen H.
    Karen HowardDecember 28, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Best gumbo soup I taste not like any of the down home gumbo in the south but the roux make it taste like New Orleans flav
  • jonathan h.
    jonathan haffDecember 28, 2012
    good food. shitty service.
  • Ashley C.
    Ashley ColeSeptember 17, 2012
    Was really excited to finally come here but it was a let down. Food was good, but not spectacular. $70 for crabcake, soup, and two beers. Maybe just go for happy hour...
  • Glenn D.
    Glenn DAugust 20, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Assorted Cookies - Gingersnap were my fav. Followed closely by the chocolate cranberry chip
  • Ekaterina K.
    Ekaterina KuznetsovaAugust 7, 2012
    Toilet is disguasting
  • Jacqueline L.
    Jacqueline LeuAugust 5, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The weekday Happy Hour 6-7pm: Half price for Oyster and Wine. :)
  • Eric J.
    Eric JuniorJune 18, 2012
    Good alternative to Friend of a Farmer. Great service, great food, and no long lines or wait times for a table.
  • Anna C.
    Anna CJune 17, 2012
    False advertising for happy hr today. How do you have a sign up and not offer happy hour? Frekin geniuses here.
  • Melissa M.
    Melissa MabasaJune 2, 2012
    If you want crab legs that seem to have been reheated, then this is the place. Never coming here again. Go to city lobster instead.
  • Joe M.
    Joe MiscavigeMay 12, 2012
    Bloody Mary oyster shooter FTW!
  • Fanny C.
    Fanny ChanMay 7, 2012
    Great happy hour menu
  • Renee S.
    Renee ShanelApril 29, 2012
    Buffalo shrimp is delicious but would be better deveined.... Can't believe a place like City Crab doesn't clean their shrimp.
  • Max D.
    Max DexterMarch 28, 2012
    Worst dining experience ever. Drink was not what I ordered. No last call for food. Long waits to be served because servers are too busy with personal conversations. AVOID AT ALL COSTS!
  • Crystal R.
    Crystal RodriguezMarch 26, 2012
    Not impressed. Won't be returning
  • michael s.
    michael schatzbergMarch 21, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    New oyster shooters are killer !!!!
  • Rita L.
    Rita LMarch 19, 2012
    go for the happy hour (everyday from 4-7pm) and get their half price appetizers, oysters, cocktails, wine and beer.
  • tony m.
    tony mykoniatisMarch 18, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Crab Benedict is delicious!
  • michael s.
    michael schatzbergFebruary 9, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    21.95 lunch special
  • michael s.
    michael schatzbergFebruary 1, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Clam chowder best ever
  • Patrick L.
    Patrick LaForgeJanuary 29, 2012
    Lobster egg roll, buffalo shrimp, oysters, potato croquettes ...mmm.
  • michael s.
    michael schatzbergJanuary 27, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Lobster roll is un real!!!!
  • Joey H.
    Joey HodgesJanuary 24, 2012
    Try the Whole Maine Lobster - excellent restaurant week #deal. mussels were excellent, lobster was deelish!
  • Jonathan K.
    Jonathan KatzJanuary 19, 2012
    Check out the crab stuffed Maine Lobster for Restaurant Week Lunch
  • michael s.
    michael schatzbergJanuary 18, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    best king crab in the city
  • Elizabeth G.
    Elizabeth GopaulJanuary 18, 2012
    Angry Crab is the best. Be prepared for heat. Service could be better...
  • Crystie R.
    Crystie RosenJanuary 11, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Ask Mike, the bartender, for a shot of honey vodka... it makes everything better
  • Cliff H.
    Cliff HyppDecember 14, 2011
    Try the Stuffed Sole With Dungeness Crab Over Spaghetti Squash - Now I'm stuffed!
  • Jereé Anderson
    Jereé AndersonNovember 10, 2011
    Try the squid appetizer, followed by the 2lb lobster, with some mouthwatering garlic won't regret it. ;-p Read more
  • Alexis M.
    Alexis MichalakisNovember 8, 2011
    Best happy hour of all time: half price cocktails and apps. The crab dip, lobster Mac and cheese and bellinitinis cocktails are fantastic.
  • Regina B.
    Regina BrigantiNovember 7, 2011
    Do not sit in a booth if the person behind you keeps moving you feel the whole thing. This is ruining my birthday dinner right now. So fn pissed off right now
  • Dana V.
    Dana VillaruelOctober 27, 2011
    If you are a seafood lover this restaurant is a must.
  • Bethany O.
    Bethany OlekasOctober 2, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Higher prices and less options at happy hour. Going downhill.
  • Indulgent Eats
    Indulgent EatsSeptember 18, 2011
    Awesome happy hour 4-7 and sundays 12-7 in the bar area for $1 oysters, half-price apps & drinks.
  • Butheina H.
    Butheina HKSeptember 18, 2011
    Friendly waitresses, laid back atmosphere even on a Saturday night. Try the cold mussels and the iceberg wedge salad - very fresh
  • Greg J.
    Greg JonesSeptember 3, 2011
    Try the shrimp cocktail
  • slam
    slamAugust 27, 2011
    Come during happy hour. $1 oysters
  • Anastasia L.
    Anastasia LinevaJuly 3, 2014
    Супер место с отличным выбором морепродуктов.Официанты очень приветливы.Really nice place with great choice of seafood
  • Stella R.
    Stella RizzoApril 29, 2014
    Lagosta e Red king crab delícias !
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