Shaking Crab - Upper West Side

4.6
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285 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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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

I enjoyed my birthday here

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PharaR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The combos are excellent
The drinks were great especially the fish bowls.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My first time there and the food was great!! Nice well cocktails as well. I will be returning back soon.

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MaKailaK
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and the service was excellent. There were different types of people there as well, from couples on dates to families spending quality time together. I would definitely return.

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PeggyB
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Experience was great. We arrived and was seated shortly after. Almost immediately we placed our order. Food was delivered and we were complete within an hour of arriving. Looking forward to the next visit.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

It was okay over all ...

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience2

From the food to the service this was one of the best restaurant experience I have had. I would definitely recommend this to a friend looking for a good place to eat or a first date. Shaking crabs for the win!

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Leah
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The food was great. Staff was pleasant. They didn’t have a lot of food that was on the menu, but what I ordered was very tasty. I will be going back soon.

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SamanthaM
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time going and I cant complain! Great food, good service, music & overall atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
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!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was good 👍🏽

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CharizmaW
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing spot! Loved the food and the staff serving staff were great as well. The host was kind enough to hold the reservation for 10mins due to being stuck in traffic. Greatly appreciated that! Valentine’s Day was almost ruined. We most definitely will return.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing, food was fresh everything was amazing

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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MariaG
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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NatashaF
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

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OpenTable Diner
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

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OpenTable Diner
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

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STEPHANIER
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

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OpenTable Diner
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.

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Kimmy
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.

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OpenTable Diner
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.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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

Amazing seafood loved it will be going abck again and again

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Peelove27
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was very nice !!!

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yvonp
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.

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TastyMorsels
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!

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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RodalR
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Romance318
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.

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AdessiiA
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.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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

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

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RayG
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!

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

I loved it as always

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OpenTable Diner
1 review