Shaking Crab - Upper West Side

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$30 and under
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Cajun

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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
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was an awesome experience food was amazing

OT
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

i had a reservation for 615 pm on top when i got there i had to wait they ask me if i wanted to sit in the front i said no then they ask me if i want to sit in the back i took it
but why do a reservation if my table not going be available

L
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Gonna try a different location a little too small, food was good but small amount for the prices asked

D
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food is always great! Staff is friendly.
Shrimps are a nice size, whether fried or in a bag with shaking sauce, you can’t go wrong.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and food !

A
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s a Must go, will definitely be going again the seafood is extremely fresh! You won’t be disappointed.

DP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Service was slow after being seated. Waitress wasn’t attentive to the table even tho it didn’t appear to be busy.

N
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The food was delicious and the staff were friendly. I would recommend to my friends.

KH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

I enjoy eating here the staff is awesome, the food is always hot and tasty.

SP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The staff is great
But the Lobster was recommend to me a d I honestly didn't like it
Overcooked would be an understatement

OT
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Seafood is cooked to perfection and they make a great Cajun sauce!

JT
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My food was very good. Service was excellent. Only issue was that although I know it is a "Seafood" place but they should be more careful with people who have allergies. My husband is mildly allergic to shrimp and he ordered the wings and he found a piece of a shrimp tail mixed in with the wings and could not finish his food.

L
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I love it there. This was my second time there and I cant wait to come back. The waiter was very nice and came back to the table numerous of times just to assure that my boyfriend and I were okay and to see if we needed anything additional. There was also an error in our order where we order two shrimp and crab leg boils and only one was brought to the table. I asked if they just put everything in one bag as my boyfriend and I ordered the same thing and at first the waiter was like yeah then he came back not even 5 minutes later and apologize and stated that my order will be ready soon. The customer service there is nothing short of amazing. What i would suggest is making a reservation as it does get packed in there so that should tell you that the food must be amazing

AR
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were almost 15 minutes late and were greeted at the door by name and escorted to our table right away. The greeters were friendly and super attentive. The food was delicious and service prompt. This was my second time going here and they didn't disappoint. Definitely recommend!

r
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall4food5service1ambience4

Well my only disappointment today was service it wasn't busy..

FF
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service was great and so was the food, this is definitely a get your hands dirty situation!!! I had Alaskan king crabs with cilantro lime and it was delicious!!!!

ZR
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I don't know the waitress name but she was beyond the expectations i had, super friendly, efficient and she gave me the best experience.

NI
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Our server, Luke was very attentive to our needs. The service was very good. Restaurant has good space for dining but noise level is high. Food is average compared to other Seafood restaurant. Overall is a good place for Seafood.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

I’ve ate here once before the service was great
My last visit wasn’t as expected our waitress who took our order never checked on us another young lady did she was

TS
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

I love the food! I came with a group of people and the Shakerita was the best drink OMG! It was fun and the food was amazing! Make sure to check with a waiter about the spice level because some of the spice combinations can be quite spicy.

VR
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience1

I would only recommend this place if they have more serving staff on a Early Sunday. The bartender was the only one waiting tables and we didnt receive plasticware and our drinks before the food came, not even napkins. I had to get up from my seat to walk to the bar to ask for these things. They shouldn't open early on a Sunday if they dont have the staff. The food is always delicious though.

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall4food1service5ambience5

The staff was very prompt and attentive and efficient. The shrimp and fries were good. The drinks were ok. The bags were very bland

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5food5service2ambience5

Excellent food but the service was a bit slow. I’d definitely go back again!

J
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was so tasty and fish bowl was great I will be coming back very soon

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Nice. I suggest though that the proper utensils be provided without having to ask.

JL
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good was great. Staff was extremely accommodating. I love this place

U
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If im not mistaking our sever was Jasmine! She was very professional and great sense of humor... she should be promoted!!! Great employee!!!!As for the hostess ask guest if they have reservations before assuming they don’t!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amina was great! Great service, great food, great experience

G
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service food was great!!!!!! Oh and the best part the bartender was AMAZING!!!!!!!!

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Great service and great crabs

MB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Greeted and seated immediately. Order taken and food served promptly and hot.

M
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great and very affordable
The $40 snow crab and shrimp was fantastic, I ate till I was filled and still had about 12 large shrimps left to take home😀...i highly recommend the Shaking Crab

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lo mejor de lo mejor 💗best food

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amina was such a wonderful server. So patient and so personable. Thank you so much for your exceptional service. I celebrated my graduation here and I’m so glad I chose this place. Top notch service.

DS
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall2food1service5ambience3

This time was the worst ever! The crawfish was frozen and tasted very bad, I felt like I wasted my money and I wasn’t asked if I wanted something different in exchange for the poor quantity but was given a 4.00 credit for a 30.00 dollar meal! Totally upset! 😫😫😫

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great I would’ve rather have 4 king crab legs opposed to two

AP
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my family's first time coming to the shaking crab. We were celebrating my sisters 60th birthday. The food the drinks and the service was outstanding and I will waitress Amina was amazing. We all will be coming back very soon thank you for the awesome experience 🥰💜😁

KH
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Good afternoon the young lady that was there, i cant remember her name, but she greeted us nice, she took us to our table and was making the drinks, she was awesome. A young black female a little chubby.
She did the job of 3 people with a smile on her face.

thank you kim

G
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food was good but my fried lobster was a little over battered and fried harder than previous one. But I still enjoyed it.

JL
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time me and my wife ever been there it was outstanding great food great friendly staff