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Nauti Cajun Crab, Metuchen, NJ

Nauti Cajun Crab

4.7
4.7
505 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
We now accepting reservation for outdoor and indoor dining.

We take great pride in providing a friendly and vibrant atmosphere for our guests to enjoy our delicious seafood, live crawfish, crispy wings and our popular seafood fried rice and garlic noodles. We take the "traditional Creole seafood boil" to the next level. We boil our crawfish and seafood with classic Louisiana style spices along with our own secret blend of spices then top it off with your choice of one of our mouth-watering flavors. After establishing a popular seafood boil in New Jersey since 2016, we are excited to bring our concept to Metuchen with even better seasonings and guest experience.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 62 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, Creole / Cajun / Southern, American
  • Hours of operation
    Tue–Fri 3:00 pm–10:00 pm Sat 11:30 am–10:00 pm Sun 11:30 am–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (848) 229-2956
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Ryan Mai
  • Catering
    Please call 848-229-2956 for more information on catering.
  • Private party facilities
    We welcome you to explore our Private Dining options, perfect for any occasion.
  • Private party contact
    our Private Event Coordinator: (848) 229-2956
  • Neighborhood
    Metuchen
  • Cross street
    Main street, Metuchen
  • Parking details
    Parking is free after 6 PM. Additional parking available nearby streets, 63 Pearls Street and 21 Pearl Street.
  • Public transit
    Take a train to Metuchen and we are within 2-3 minutes walk.
  • Additional
    Banquet, BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Counter Seating, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 505 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • New Jersey

    Seafood

  • Middlesex

    Best Service

  • Middlesex

    Best Value

  • Middlesex

    Seafood

506 Reviews
  1. SampsonD

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time my party and I really enjoy ourselves definitely will be back to try out others items on the menu definitely 👍🏾 up ..

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  2. Vell

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service was amazing. This is a great spot to go and eat your favorite sea food in peace with at great vibe.

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  3. MsBee

    Caribbean

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went here for the first time for my birthday. It was a great experience and the food was great. Had the Sea Lovers that we shared and it was perfect.

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  4. SierraH

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was great and tasty! Restaurant was clean and spacious

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  5. TSDude

    New Jersey

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The service could've been just a bit better. The staff that served us although pleasant, didn't provider us with any dry\wet napkins, crab crackers nor the appropriate amount of gloves. Hence, overall the preparation of the table could've been more presentable. The sauces that were supposed to accommodate our appetizers didn't come out when served, we had to remind them of the sauces ordered. Nevertheless, ultimately the food was good. Every piece of seafood was cooked appropriately and even the add-ons that accompanied the boil. I highly suggest trying the Soy Garlic Spice Sauce with your wings... very tasty. Oh and the fried rice was delicious. If you're not a big noodle lover then I'd suggest substituting the noodles for the rice. Great combination.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    New Jersey

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    if you are looking for the best savory seafood restaurant in NJ, your first choice should be Nauti Cajun Crab!! The food was fresh and fantastic and I couldn’t get enough of the spicy cajun sauce! The place is very clean and amazing! I would definitely go here again someday!

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  7. marco

    New York City

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Arrived on time for our 7:30 reservation and had to wait 20 minutes to be seated along with several other parties who were also waiting for their 7:30 reservation. It’s a relatively small space so we had to stand by the hostess booth at the entrance and it was quite crowded and congested. It was also very chilly every time the door opened. The service staff had to squeeze between the crowd trying to serve patrons. It is very noisy. Our waiter came to our table as soon as we were seated and we ordered immediately since we had 20 minutes to look at the menu. Oddly most of his tables were on the opposite side of the restaurant so it was difficult to find him. The food was good and very affordable. I finally had to ask the hostess to have someone bring our check and then had to wait again for them to return with my card to complete the transaction. Really ironic since we were anxious to leave and they desperately needed to seat others who were waiting. If management could streamline/overhaul their processes it would have been a much better experience but we still managed to have a nice date night

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  8. Kelly

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I love this restaurant. The raw oysters appetizer is amazing and the nauti catch bundle is my go too.

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  9. JohnD

    New York City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Quick seating, reservation service was very good online. Service was alittle slow for Friday dinner.

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  10. BryanG

    New York City

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This place blew my mind, very fresh and flavorful seafood. Service was great and efficient. I will be back soon.

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  11. NicF

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved everything about the place. Would definitely go back!

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    New Jersey

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We celebrated my husband’s 40th birthday here. Everything was excellent! Our server was friendly and helpful. We ordered spicy wings and a big bucket with fresh lobsters, crab legs, shrimp, clams and mussels. All were delicious and cooked perfectly. The sauce is the best! To top off an amazing night, my husband received a complimentary lava cake for his birthday. Highly recommend Nauti Cajun Crab! ❤️

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  13. JodyD

    Atlanta Metro

    8 reviews

    1.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Wouldn’t recommend this place, ordered 1 lb of king crab legs and only got 2 skinny legs, may have been a 1/2 lb at best. Also the mussels came with plenty of shells without mussels in them, only 1 shell out of 5 had a mussel in it. Asked for the manager but he never came . . . so we just left and went elsewhere for ice cream, the ice cream was great!! :-)

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  14. TheBestFromTheEast

    New York City

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was delicious! The service was friendly, and I loved the ambience. With restaurants like this available locally, there is no need to go to New York City to find good food and interesting places to eat. A bit pricey, but what's not expensive these days?

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fav seafood boil spot 10/10 recommend. You have to get the soft shell crab appetizer

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  16. LisaK

    Greensboro

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    After reading the many great reviews for Nauti Crab, we decided to stop in for dinner. Note that this restaurant and many others in the neighborhood are **BYOB** … We ordered the shrimp tacos, the crab cakes, the seafood fried rice, the salmon with garlic noodles and the spicy shrimp garlic noodles. Everyone raved about their meals. We will be back 1000% next time we are in town!

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  17. SudeshnaK

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was fantastic!! Service excellent and music was great!

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was absolutely delicious! Not only were the menu items priced affordable, the portions sizes were satisfying and tasty! The staff was polite and accommodating. I will definitely be back!!

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  19. Mars

    New York City

    126 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    126 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It’s worth going back to this restaurant. Their seafood fried rice is excellent. Alaskan king crabs are worth it -meaty and sweet. One of my favorite seafood restaurant to go back to. Christian, our waiter was very attentive and pleasant. Keep up the great job!

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  20. KimberlyM

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food tasted delicious and the service was excellent. Definitely try them out

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  21. MarieP

    New York City

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had one of the new combos for 2 with the nauti crab seasoning, medium spicy. It was super garlicky and had a nice kick. All the shellfish was perfectly cooked. It came with a Dungeness crab cluster (I wish there were 2), a small lobster tail (I wish there were 2), mussels and shrimp. There was plenty of shrimp and mussels, enough for lunch the next day. Our server was pleasant and competent. A pleasant environment and decent value for the quality and quantity of seafood.

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  22. CynthiaW

    New York City

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love the new menu. Great value for you $$. Always enough food to take home. Excellent service. DELICIOUS.

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  23. Diane

    New York City

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fun experience with a group or for a couple’s special celebration. It’s BYOB. Appetizers & food are very good. Recommend getting your sauces for the seafood buckets on the side.

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  24. NiquelaD

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was excellent and in line with the cost. First time there and will definitely be back.

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  25. LeslieM

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice place, clean, flavorful food and staff was amazing

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  26. Phil50

    New Jersey

    161 reviews

    5.0

    161 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Our first trip back in a while, and it did not disappoint. Nauti has an extensive menu, but the star is definitely the seafood boil. You can pick from a pre-selected boil mix, or you can customize your boil. We opened our meal with an oyster sampler (6 east coast, 6 west coast). They were fresh, briny, and plump. We opted to do a custom boil for two with head off shrimp, king crab legs, cold water lobster tail, and added andouille sausage, corn and potatoes. There are five different boil sauces to pick from. We chose the Cajun sauce. You can also customize how hot you want your sauce to be. Everything in the boil was delicious. Can't wait to return.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was amazing and the services was fantastic.

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  28. Ahmed

    New York City

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent and fresh seafood with tons of flavor!! Service was excellent! We're def coming back to this seafood heaven!

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  29. NoraE

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Had heard about this place from tons of family and friends so wanted to give it a try. Loved it!! Everything was so fresh, delicious, plentiful, and perfectly seasoned. We ordered Seafood Fried Rice, King crab legs, mussels and shrimp, garlic pasta and shrimp tacos. Recommend all of the above!!

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  30. Ferbello

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent ambience!!! Great foods, good music and volume.... I recommend it!!! Thank you!!!

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  31. CharlesW

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was great, the ambience was amazing and they provided my request for a window seat. The server was so great, attentive to our needs and even took pictures for us. I will definitely be back for another date night.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service and food were great as usual. I frequent this restaurant often.

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  33. CassandraR

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was delicious and a lot for the price. My daughter and I were full. Loved the atmosphere and the look. Very clean looking.

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  34. KiwanS

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My sisters brought me to Nauti Crab to celebrate my birthday. The atmosphere of the restaurant was really cute and our server was attentive. Overall the food was very good. However, one of my sisters ordered the crab cake appetizer and it was burnt on one side. Also, my two other sisters ordered the raw oysters and one of them became sick. She said a soon as she ate one of the oysters she could taste that it was not good. This can happen anywhere but please be diligent in making sure the seafood you serve is fresh!!!

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  35. BarbieS

    New York City

    62 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    62 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    For me it was just all right. I had the stir-fried shrimp served over spaghetti noodles. It had a few cherry tomatoes. The dish had 6 shrimp. When I go to Bahama Breeze and order the coconut shrimp, the dish includes 14 shrimp, rice and broccoli. My husband had the salmon with the ginger sauce also served over noodles. He liked it. Also the prices on the check were higher than the menu and most everything is ala carte. I think I saw something to this effect on the website. The service was good. The place is very clean and bright. We did get a parking spot on the street about a 1/2 block from the restaurant. I might go back and try something else.

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  36. FoodieNdaMaking

    New York City

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Arrived, and the place was fairly quiet, but the ambiance was nice. The waitstaff was very friendly, but the menu price wise is a bit challenging. The food was well prepared, excellently seasoned, and it was very well portioned. For a lunch out, the price point was much higher than expected, but the food was worth it.

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  37. LuisG

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time here and the experience was excellent! Food was delicious. Service was A1. The vibe in this place was just right! My family and I will definitely be back!

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  38. GregoryS

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our second time here. The first time we got a way too big seafood boil that contained crawfish and we don't really like crawfish. We also filled up on noodles which were just ok. This time we got a smaller boil with only things we liked like lobster, crab, shrimp and mussels. No appetizers and it was the perfect size. Dipping the bread in the juice (garlic butter) was succulent. Sausages and corn and potatoes were good. Lemonade was good. It's pricy but we were celebrating our 24th wedding anniversary and my wife loves seafood boils.

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  39. SDD262

    New York City

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous food in a relaxed atmosphere with a charming and cool ambience. Bring a bottle and enjoy great food in a cool spot with friends or a date.

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  40. MadelaineS

    New York City

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing every single time. The staff is always awesome and the food is always delicious. It's our favorite spot to come to for our anniversary and birthdays.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Nauti Cajun Crab is rated 4.7 stars by 505 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 62 times today
Google Map for Nauti Cajun Crab

7 New St, Metuchen, NJ 08840

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Main street, Metuchen
  • Neighborhood
    Metuchen
  • Hours of operation
    Tue–Fri 3:00 pm–10:00 pm Sat 11:30 am–10:00 pm Sun 11:30 am–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, Creole / Cajun / Southern, American
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Parking is free after 6 PM. Additional parking available nearby streets, 63 Pearls Street and 21 Pearl Street.
  • Public transit
    Take a train to Metuchen and we are within 2-3 minutes walk.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Ryan Mai
  • Additional
    Banquet, BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Counter Seating, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (848) 229-2956
  • Catering
    Please call 848-229-2956 for more information on catering.
  • Private party facilities
    We welcome you to explore our Private Dining options, perfect for any occasion.
  • Private party contact
    our Private Event Coordinator: (848) 229-2956
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