Crab Boil at Back Forty


190 Avenue B, New York, NY (12th Street)

Phone: 212-388-1990

Whether you enjoy eating crab or not, Back Forty restaurant's Crab Boil event is definitely a fun summer dining experience, worth the $42 per ticket if you ask me. But before you start calling the restaurant to make reservation, you need to know that in order to attend this special summer (Tuesday only) event, you'll have to purchase tickets online at one week before, on Wednesday at 10am. And be sure to get the tickets on time if you want to attend earlier dinner, or they will be gone in seconds!

The crab boil at back forty is really All You Can Eat and our waitress was great in making sure that we have enough all the time -- buckets of blue crab steamed with house made spicy old bay spice were poured onto our newspaper covered table even before we can finish the previous batch! The dinner also comes with baked potatoes, string beans and corn bread as side dishes, but I suggest you skip those side dishes. You should save room for the seasonal fruit cobbler dessert though, it's a sweet finish to the crabby meal.

Blue crab steamed with house made spicy old bay spice

finger licking good!

raspberry cobbler dessert

The Breslin Bar and Dining Room


16 West 29th Street, New York, NY (Btw Broadway and 5th Avenue)

Phone: 212-679-1939

April Bloomfield is no doubt the queen of gastro pub in New York City. Her spotted pig restaurant has reached a cult like status, with diners and fans flooding its tiny restaurant daily for a taste of its world famous burger, shoestring fries and gnudi. The chef and her business partner Ken Friedman tried venturing into a more grown up seafood restaurant, John Dory last year. Unsuccessfully, they closed John Dory and opened Breslin a few months later at Ace Hotel near Flatiron.

Breslin is all about refined rustic food, and lots of meat. It's back to basic for the chef. The chef de cuisine Peter Cho and April created a pretty solid menu, especially the breakfast menu, where dishes such as Baked Egg on a cast iron pan, fish sausage, toasted almond pancake, Full English breakfast (which we didn't try) etc makes breakfast interesting again. The Baked Egg with spiced tomato and chorizo was truly awesome, the chorizo provided necessary saltiness and spiciness to the perfectly cooked egg. Homemade seafood sausage was also unique and delicious, light but flavorful, definitely carnivors approve. The toasted almond pancakes was pretty good too, but still can't beat Locanda Verde's almond pancakes.

I really want to go back to Breslin to check out their lunch and dinner menu, especially the suckling pig dinner (for minimum 8 people, so let me know if you are interested). And maybe hang out at their semi hidden bar on the mezzanine level after dinner, enjoying some "Liquid Swords", "Lust for Life" or "London Calling" etc cocktails.

Toasted almond pancakes

Homemade fish sausage

Baked Egg with spiced tomato and chorizo

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