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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KH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

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
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

JT
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 4

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

FF
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

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
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

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
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

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
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 1

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
Overall 4food 1service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 5

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

J
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

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

JL
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

U
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

G
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Great service and great crabs

MB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

M
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lo mejor de lo mejor 💗best food

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 3

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
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

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

AP
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

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
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I took my mom for Mother’s Day. We really enjoyed our food. We’d definitely recommend to friends and family! Our server was nice but a little inattentive.

SD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mothers Day

KE
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There was absolutely no wait which was great, I did make a reservation just to be safe though. The staff was really pleasant and helpful. The food was was great, hot and fresh we ordered non alcoholic cocktails which were delicious and the house wine was more than one expected. The restaurant was clean, ambiance was also nice. I will def be visiting this restaurant again. i didn't feel rushed we had time to enjoy our meal.

t
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Food, service and pleasant atmosphere. The staff is truly outstanding and extremely personable.

D
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hi Y’all,

We selected shaking crab for our mother’s day celebration. We were a party of 6 and we had an amazing time. The location is beautiful and the food was absolutely delicious. We left there feeling great, everyone said they would love to come again. Thanks for having us!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent

IC
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is my favorite restaurant now! I love the food, and services. The prices are reasonable, and so much food you have to take the rest home. Will be visiting often since seafood is my favorite😊.

G
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

There was one thing I did not like. I had a party of three and I could not be seated at my table, but when a someone else came in and it was a table of two the hostess told the customer she could be seated. Then when my second person came I asked if we could be seated and I was told no even though I told the hostess my next person was one stop away on the train..

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