Shaking Crab - Upper West Side

4.5
175 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
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating a friend and myself birthday.

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TB
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 1service 2ambience 2

Food was very bland and unseasoned I had to ask for salt pepper and butter just for my food to have some kind of taste ! Waste of money

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LY
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

I have zero complaints about the food. I had snow crab legs with the seasonal veggies and potatoes in butter and garlic. The zucchini and squash were perfect. They still had a bit of crunch to them instead of being soggy. I also tried the garlic Mac & cheese which was great as well.

Service was a bit lacking. We needed a few minutes to read the menu but then no one came back to get our order - we had to ask for someone. Then our food came pretty quickly - great! BUT We had to ask for the crackers and stuff to be able to eat the crab (legs were not pre-cracked). Both myself and my friend ordered crab legs and they brought us ONE set of utensils to open up our crab with. They said they ran out. This is not something I would expect from a restaurant that’s main feature is crab. There should be enough so we could both have had our own. When we were done we sat there for about 10 minutes waiting and finally had to ask someone to bring us our check.

I would go back for the food but definitely not the service. Maybe a different location has better service.

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ND
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great I will most definitely come back. The drinks are well spiked. K.o had me k.o when I got home so I was very pleased!

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DE
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Bathrooms could be a little bit more cleaner and brighter lower level floors not to clean

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

I took my boyfriend here for his birthday & we loved it. The waiters were very busy but still very attentive & helpful. The food was BOMB definitely recommend & if you order the fish bowl, stir it first because all the rum floats to the top lol

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CS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Wonderful place! Waitress took too long to serve or acknowledge us.

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NP
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you don’t mind eating with your hands and getting a little dirty this is the place to go. Seafood is amazing and the service is great. I recommend the crab legs with half a bag of shrimp and Cajun fries. AMAZING!

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NT
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 2

The food was good. My server Lu was great but my table was in the front directly infront of the door. I was freezing while I was eating every time a guest opened the door. I request another table and was told I would have to wait 3 hours for another since I had made a reservation and that table was held for me. They should remove that table and extend the waiting area. If you make a reservation here please put in the notes that you do not want to be by the door. Not only were the guests in my personal space but there was a closet or something by the table that the staff kept having to say excuse me to get to since one of the chairs was blocking the door.

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SK
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Despite making a reservation I still had to wait thirty minutes past my reservation time to get seated. Food was okay looked a lot less than a pound. Took forever for servers to bring our bill after we requested it twice

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K
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great service. Crab legs and mussels were my absolute favorite and the garlic Mac and cheese

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my son for his birthday and the hospitality they offer was excellent

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FA
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is amazing from the food the ambiance the people. The service. The food is wonderful th the price and honestly we thought the wait would be much longer but it wasn’t. We met very nice diner. Great value.

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MP
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Very good seafood in a really nice environment. We had a really good time and will definitely come back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Nice place to eat. Family friendly.

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E
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great , service was great. If you have Chris as your server , then you gonna have a good time. Definitely coming here again and definitely recommend it to anyone. You won't be disappointed.

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AK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

fun night with a date or with friends. food is great. Catfish was my favorite! Good prices.
Not for a romantic date though.

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JF
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed it here and definitely will be coming back soon!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff was very friendly & very attentive.

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MK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff is great. Very friendly. The food was very good. You got what you paid for. i would recommend and would go again.

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AV
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 2

I am very upset at the fact that I purchased over $400 of food, forgot to sign up for points, and couldn't get my points back! Make sure you get your points worth. I just wasted it all. Service could've been better if I would've gotten a copy of my receipt!!!! IM VERY UPSET I DONT WANT TO RETURN!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great experience with great service.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Service was great
Butter and garlic flavor needs something 💡
But other than that great

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for my cousin birthday the food was great had snow crabs the drink was outstanding had a k.o I loved it service was over all great

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The bartender was such a sweetheart as well as the hostess in the front. With that being said the food was just okay, not as flavorful as I was expecting. Even the corn and potatoes were lacking. Not impressed and unlikely to return. There are other restaurants who do it better quite frankly.

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IC
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing, the music was on point. The drinks... lets just say you get your money's worth and the service was even better than I expected. Great dining experience overall, I will definitely be returning soon!!!!

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M
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious, special requests were met. Our server Jonathan was fantastic.

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AP
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The king crab legs we definitely overpriced (two legs and 1/4 of another minus the claw - $38) and the selection of seasonings were not appealing. If I remember there was only one choice that wasn't spicy. I got that (garlic something) but wasn't impressed - in fact didn't like it very much! The sweet potato fries were good as was the mango martini! I'll give it another try!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
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 on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service. Would recommended every day

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R
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
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
3 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Husbands birthday

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SG
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
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 28, 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
41 reviews
Dined on December 14, 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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