Shaking Crab - Upper West Side

4.4
147 reviews
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Cajun
Shaking Crab - Upper West Side was established in April 2017. Located right down the street from Columbia University, this location includes lunch and dinner every day.

Shaking Crab began as a lunch craving for fresh New England shellfish and bold Cajun flavors in the spring of 2015. Kevin and Nick, co-workers in a downtown Boston office, frequently lunched together in a quest to fulfill a mutual love of spicy and fragrant foods.

One day, Nick returned from a trip to California and excitedly described his favorite meal of the trip: a crab boil with shrimp, crab legs and crawfish, all drenched in a rich, garlicky, and spicy sauce. Kevin, raised in California, immediately recognized the crab boils that his friends and family would have for summer cook-outs and the routine outings at boil restaurants. Unfortunately, crab boils were not an option in Boston at the time despite the high quality and adoration of New England shellfish.
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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chris has been our server every time we go he’s the best!!

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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service. Would recommended every day

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R
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for the first time on Saturday the 12th. Made a reservation thru Opentable for 7:30. When we arrived we gave our name and were told that we would be seated shortly. They were crowded and there were a lot of people waiting. It is a small place but very popular. We ended up waiting about a hour for our table. The hostess kept us updated on what was happening and right before they sat us she told us that the manager apologized for the wait and we were given free appetizers. Our waitress was great and the food was delicious. We were very pleased with everything. Definitely worth the wait. I will be going back the next time i come to NY. Very good customer service!

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YI
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Husbands birthday

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SG
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my Husband and Sister out for their birthdays,and everything was perfect .
Our Server Jump, was there to assist with all of our questions, and even offered a taste of the seafood sauces, before we ordered our food
Service was Wonderful.
We will be going back very soon .
Thank You Shaking Crab

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SA
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

This location is kind of small on the ground floor but I do believe you can reserve upstairs seating. I wanted a lobster roll for sometime now so I was very excited to try one. The lobster was very fresh but was also so stringy I couldn't enjoy it. Most of the seafood is by the pound so u dont get alot for your buck but the food was fresh and we received our order within a very timely manner.

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F
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

The food was ok. The sauce was greasy. I would recommend the boil or claw daddy over this place. The alcohol drink was ok nothing to go crazy over.

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DD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Great seafood at reasonable price and excellent service.

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BB
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Restaurant is unique to the neighborhood.
Seafood was ok. The restroom can use an upgrade. Floor tiles is old and dirty.

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C
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 1

The bar was very loud for happy hour when we came at around 5. We felt the crabs were fresh and meaty but very garlicky and under seasoned. Also very pricy although to eat crabs on a rainy winter night in Manhattan , I’ll take it .

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PR
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Great food and great location. Cajun corn is amazing .

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JC
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a pleasure to attend for my birthday! We enjoyed the scene and the food.

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FD
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing expect the blue crabs mines were way over cooked and mushy. I just wish it was a bigger space

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TA
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my boyfriend here for his bday, had a blast. Food was great. Drinks even better lol

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AC
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

So the only reason I tried Shaking Crab has Cause of me trying JuicyCrab in GA. Shaking Crab was good but the Herbs used in the bag was watered down with a lot of oil. Which I was able to see in the bottom of the bag while eating. But Shaking crab was still a pretty good experience and fun.

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KL
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Geat food ! All the sauces are great ! I cant wait to go back ! No wait time was very chilled and we got our food very quickly

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DD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good drinks, delicious food, great service at good price

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LR
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress was very kind and attentive. She catered to our every need. Mary The Chef deserves a standing ovation. This restaurant suggested by a friend from my sons school. My co-workers nah I are NYCT Workers and I we like to eat. It would be great if it were implemented that Mary come and meet the patrons and take pictures with those who would like. It would be a creative way to to make a great addition to Shaking Crabs website. We will be back!!!!!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a great experience considering the one customer that was on the phone cursing someone out and banging on the table. The food was fresh and very tasty!! I’ll definitely be going back.

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JV
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My friends were, but they were able to hold the table for 15min thankfully!

Food and service was great, will be back!

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The experience was great.but I just was missing my obay season..but over all it was great..I enjoyed myself

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SD
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff was very open and friendly....my fiancé has prosthetic legs and they allowed him to use the employee rest room.

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AP
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was great !!! I had so much fun the drinks amazing. It’s everything that I thought it would be

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MB
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant provides excellent customer service and equally amazing food. 100% satisfied with dining experience. I truly love this place.

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MR
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had an amazing time, the food had tons of flavor and was well cooked to perfection, along with the drinks and atmosphere from the staff. I was more excited for my food touching my table then the actual date. Lmaoo

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DM
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was good. Price was fair. Our server/waitress was amazing and very friendly. My friends and I had a birthday celebration here and it was great! They offer a variety of seating options too. Quiet seating upstairs and a more lively seating downstairs by the bar. Highly recommend.

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DL
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great . I only had an issue with the lobster roll it should be heated up because the dressing makes it cold.

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KB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was good and the wait time for our food wasn't long. We got our food fairly quickly

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Y
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

This place was ok. First of all we did not get the high top sitting as requested so we ended up sitting upstairs where the decor seemed lacked lustered. We ordered a round of mango mojitios which didn’t taste so great. Too much mint and barely any mango favor, it was a bit watered down. We ordered the chicken fingers, cat fish, sweet potato fries and a shaken lobster....it was all average tasting. Service was ok, servers were not as attentive. Based on food and service this place did not leave a lasting impression so it’s not a place will go back to or recommend.

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P
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

This place is really tiny. They sat us at a high top table (which wasn't a problem) in tiny corner in what my friend said use to be part of the servers station. The food orders were incorrect and I could barely move let alone crack open seafood. There were flies buzzing about our table. The drinks were terrible, and It was my birthday! My girlfriends had to cheer me up and make me laugh because I was so disappointed. I will never come here again!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, good value

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YP
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I can’t wait to go back again. I’ve been there about 6 times now. They never disappoint. The staff is friendly.

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MW
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

It was pretty okay, nothing like I expected. The potatoes were super small and I thought I would’ve gotten big potatoes, they ran out of Alaskan king crab, the people behind me were LOUDDD all you could hear was them, and you get exactly what’s on the menu you can’t modify anything! However, the customer service was amazing, they were very nice and helpful!!

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DD
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

While the food portions we're very small, especially for the price, overall it was great. I guess it's more a matter of quality over quantity.

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g
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

The potato can be bigger and more and the corn can be more than just one piece for that amount of money. You broke one whole corn in half, too make 2 small pieces. They can also put less garlic in the bag, and add more seasonings

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m
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious, servers were great and friendly, we were seated right away (and we got there earlier than our reservation on a busy Saturday night)--love this place!

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D
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Disgusting food, horrible service, lousy atmosphere, dirty and stinky. Didn’t have half the things on the menu.

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AT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had so much fun at the Shaking Crab. Great menu options with excellent service. The food was fun to eat and we enjoyed the taste! We will be back!

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NS
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

The food was just ok. You can’t taste the flavor of the sauces because its so much garlic. Even if you ask for less garlic all your going to get is an oil base sauce and I tried both the garlic butter and the Cajun sauce. Sorry I won’t eat here again.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food, super-friendly waitstaff, loads of fun!

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