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American, Seafood
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Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
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Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Table Service, Reservations
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Reviewed November 11, 2020

We had a taste for fried clams so we went to Crab Shanty. The whole fried clams were very good. Tasty and not greasy. The clam strips were also tasty and fresh. In our taste test the whole clams won.

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed June 25, 2020

Waited 30 mins to be greeted. Waited an hour for our meal. Meal was incorrect, my steak was cooked well done, I asked for med rare. Took another hour for server to check in, for me to explain that steak was cooked wrong. Waited another...hour for resolution from restaurant owner (Michelle), who was unpleasant, unprofessional and racist. Should you choose to visit the Crab Shanty, KNOW that BLACK PATRONS DO NOT MATTER. Just ask the owner Michelle! I find it hard to comprehend how I experienced such a degrading and poor customer service experience at an establishment that has been in business for 43 years. Never again!More

Date of visit: June 2020
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Reviewed June 20, 2020 via mobile

Have been going since the placed open in 1977... since the owners no longer control it day to day the kids do, it has lost a bit. The food is still top notch. The help wait staff not bus boys do lack something. Not as...hard working as they once were. Over all ok for everyone. Getting more expensive as well. Do take out and get name of person that took order. No longer worth the wait to sit.More

Date of visit: June 2020
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Reviewed February 11, 2020

Food is constantly good. Service can vary, apparently due to how busy they are, but usually good to excellent. Great valet service in an area where parking is not the best.

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed January 1, 2020

Well where do I start. We ordered drinks, my husband ordered vodka on the rock which was served in a Port glass. No ice. Dinner came out before our salad was done, which was cold. After dinner I asked what was on the menu for...dessert. The waitress said carrot cake and pound cake. I asked for a Cappuccino she said we do not serve that. What restaurant now a days don’t have Cappuccino. You think in City Island they would try to keep up. I know I will never go there again. Food was nothing to write home about. Waste of money.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed November 25, 2019

My first visit to this restaurant I had their lunch special Fried Shrimp. I went back and I had the same lunch special. I decided to treat my family to a dinner and "oh my" I loved it. I got the crab legs and shrimp...and the kids had the fried shrimp, another had the lobster and the chicken parm Food was amazing, well seasoned and quite a bit for your money. Its a bit expensive to take a family of 5 but it was worth it. We all fell in love with the bread and we ate way too much of it. Overall experience was great.More

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed November 15, 2019 via mobile

Yes, you can go back again! Hadn’t been to Crab Shanty for years. Used to stop in often, but, as we all know, sometimes life gets in the way. Anyway, Crab Shanty was as we knew it. Great food, friendly service, cozy atmosphere, and, oh,...the garlic bread! Alaskan King crab legs were big and full of tender, sweet meat. Lobster was fresh, juicy, and among the best I’ve had. [Hint: Order crab legs and lobster steamed to preserve the flavor and the tenderness.] Portions were huge, and believe me, I could eat a ton of lobster and crab meat. And that garlic bread. Best ever. Sure, the prices have gone up over the decades. What else is new. But Crab Shanty is worth it. Delish. Go. Enjoy.More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed September 21, 2019 via mobile

The crab legs and everything was amazing. The service and places was worth the wait!This was my first time in City Island and will not be my late! I had a great time

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed August 31, 2019

The calamari was definitely frozen, all ring the same size and no legs .. not one. My sons' filet Minion had a silver skin running through it that made it impossible to cut or chew. I should have said something to the manager but it...was my birthday and my family asked me not to make a scene. I would never return. The seafood Fra Diavolo was a watery marinara sauce with hot sauce added or at least . .thats what it tast like.More

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed July 20, 2019 via mobile

Crab shanty is my favorite restaurant in all of City island. They have the best staff from parking attendant to waitstaff all the way around n their food n portions are outrageously delicious. I recommend you come hungry n ready to eat.

Date of visit: July 2019
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Reviewed July 3, 2019

The Crab Shanty is a Seafood Restaurant that has GREAT food at GREAT prices!!!!!! The garlic bread is so delicious that it’s difficult to eat only one slice! The atmosphere is comfortable with booth seating, and the staff is extremely warm and friendly! The diversity...of the customers and staff is also very nice to see! There’s a nice bright area in the back of the restaurant for parties! The Crab Shanty is my favorite City Island Restaurant!!!!!More

Date of visit: June 2019
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Reviewed June 16, 2019 via mobile

Had a nice lunch there and wasn’t surprised at the food or service since we had eaten there a few years ago. Fair warning though - if you sit in the back room and it gets crowded (as it got to be on our visit),...it is extremely noisy. The level and quality never suffered, just the ability to hear anyone around you...More

Date of visit: June 2019
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Reviewed May 16, 2019

Roach runs across table ... It wasn't our table but the people sitting across from us 1st time dinning at Crab Shanty and the lady runs for her life. Over the years the service has gone down, renovations are needed. The service staff just want...to huddle and talk to each other. The quality of the food is nothing like it was years ago but the fact that roaches are running across tables this is it for me. Crab Shanty makes too much money not to do better.More

Date of visit: May 2019
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Reviewed April 16, 2019 via mobile

This restaurant is my annual go to for my birthday. The decor could use some updating, but the food is excellent. The garlic bread is to die for. My family knows what I want.

Date of visit: April 2019
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Reviewed April 7, 2019 via mobile

It has been over 10 years since I have visited City Island (Bronx) much less Crab Shanty; therefore, it is safe to say that things have changed. The Original Crab Shanty has made a change in the front with the tent which provides seating, shelter...and ventilation (fans) for waiting guests. I think that is a nice feature. The inside of the restaurant appears to be pretty much the same. Booth seating, tables, a few creaks in the wood floor and older bathroom facilities that thankfully still work. We didn't come for ambience so the comments aren't a complaint. We went for the seafood!!! Was it worth it? In my opinion, not really. I have been eating at seafood restaurants in many states and I wasn't satisfied with the freshness, taste and/or quantity of the food for what you pay. The lunch menu options are cheaper but the portions are significantly less. My relative ordered a dinner crab legs (good size), lobster, shrimp plate; however, she decided to take the crab legs home to scrape off some seasoning, boil them, to make them juicier and less salty. My plate consisted of 6 scallops,2 shrimp, 1 piece of fish and countless calamari. I gave the calamari to my dining guest. Nothing wonderful about the taste of the food for me. I enjoyed my cake, coffee and garlic bread most. Our server was the drop and go type who forgot a couple of our requests. We just let it go and minused it from her tip. I was grateful for the pre-birthday treat; however, I don't believe I would repeat this experience. There are better options in the seafood market for similar cost!More

Date of visit: April 2019
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THE ORIGINAL CRAB SHANTY, Bronx - Menu, Prices & Restaurant Reviews - Tripadvisor

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The Original Crab Shanty is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 3.5
  • Atmosphere: 3