Shaking Crab - Upper West Side

4.6
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274 Reviews
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$30 and under
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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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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.5
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4.4
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Alaskan King Crab meal will fill you up like crazy. I'd suggest add potatoes and corn in it cuz it'll blow your mind. Good food!

OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was good 👍🏽

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The host , manager and waiter was amazing very nice people and the food was great also

MG
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

IT WAS FANTASTIC! LOVED IT. GREAT EXPERIENCE! The food was delicious. Service was great. 👍

NF
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s really quiet on the weekdays so it’s a perfect time to go. It’s not too loud or crowded

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The food service was fast,food very good and the staff friendly and polite. An overall good experience. Will return

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience2

Jasmine was an excellent observer for our party of 11. Food was great . my mom enjoyed her birthday

ST
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a great time my daughter that is 7 told me about this place her and her dad go twice a week

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food portions could be larger, for the price you are paying.
The food portions are small.

K
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Shaking Crab has been one of the best moment I’ve ever experienced. The services was quick and food was very delicious. I highly recommend it to everyone.

OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was really good. I think the portion sizes should be bigger for the money but you get that you pay for.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was good and fresh, not over steamed. The cocktails were tasty.

FB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing seafood loved it will be going abck again and again

P
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waiter was nice , and the food was amazingly delicious. Very satisfied

OT
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was very nice !!!

y
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food and the workers were nice and professional the entire time. The place itself with the decoration is very beautiful.

TM
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Depending on the day and time the restaurant can be super packed with long weights or a bunch of open seating; but even the days when there is open seating the traffic of patrons has ebs and flows.
I always enjoy my food when I go, I get full. I mainly get boil bags but I’ve heard the fried food is good as well. There are good drinks for happy hour. The servers are pleasant but, the service can be slow, more staff may be needed. If you are in the neighborhood and enjoy seafood, stop in!

OT
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best seafood ever and we’re from Maryland! Atmosphere & Service was impeccable!

RR
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a good time. Great food and drinks. Friendly staff decent prices

R
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Got there on time for 8pm reservation. Was told I had to wait 2 hrs. Original Party of 5 three showed up. Was told I would be seated as 5 but had to be out in 2 hrs. Waited 1/2 hr before waiter came over to take my
order. Order came fast. The food was good to the taste. The quantity was less than the New Jersey location allotted when I went there. Did not match the price. My order was Shrimp and Mussels. Most of the Mussels
were closed. When I told the waiter he said they were still cooked and would not even consider changing them. I won't go back there. This was a birthday celebration. No one left happy.

AA
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Went here with my two sisters for our monthly get together and we had a great time. Great staff, food, and music. A plus in my book.

OT
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food!! I would go back every time I’m on the UWS.

CM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Shaking Crab is awesome. The food and drinks were great!

RG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

I had ana amazing time at Shaking Crab on the UWS! Food was ready quickly, service was quick and food was AMAZING! Not sure our servers name (she was the only woman working today) but everything she suggested was delicious! From the sauce to demonstrating how to crack the crab legs properly. Very enjoyable, great service and I'm definitely going back!

SD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved it as always

OT
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
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
3 reviews
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..