Table Hopping with Morris Gut

The season for fresh soft-shell crab runs thru September and there are legions who crave this delicacy simply sautéed or deep fried with some lemon and butter. Nothing like a crispy soft-shell crab sandwich with the proper condiments. I am a big fan. They first show up from Florida and the Gulf Coast at area markets followed by the popular bounty from the Chesapeake. As the season wears on more venues will be serving them. Here’s where to seek them out locally…


X20 Xaviar’s on the Hudson, 71 Water Grant Street, Yonkers (914-965-1111) Chef Peter X. Kelly and company do a fine job with soft shell crab every year. Enjoy them along with expansive views of the Hudson River. 


The 808 Bistro, 808 Scarsdale Ave., Scarsdale (914-722-0808) Chef Salvatore Cucullo Jr. will be serving soft shells with creamy polenta and cheese & spinach stuffed tomatoes on the side. They will also be on hand at their other space: El Barrio. 


Saltaire Oyster Bar and Fish House, 55 Abendroth Ave., Port Chester (914-939-2425) Happy Hours have returned to the handsome barroom. Soft Shells will be available. 


KEE Oyster House, 128 E. Post Road, White Plains (914-437-8535), Owner Ekren & Elvi offer a daily raw bar. The blackboard lists the daily catch and will soon include Soft Shell Crab. And they are pristine. 


Artie’s Steak & Seafood, 394 City Island Ave., City Island, Bronx (718-885-9885) The blackboard lists the weekly specialties served with all the trimmings. Jumbo soft shells simply sautéed. Wash it all down with one of the house specialty cocktails or craft beers. Indoors and al fresco.


Hudson Garden Grill, at the New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd., Bronx (718-817-8700) Farm to table dining in the park. Soft shells will be served. Check ahead for hours and availability. 


Sammy’s Fish Box, 41 City Island Ave., City Island, Bronx. (718-885-0920) Traditional seafood. Indoor & outdoor dining, or to go.  


Dubrovnik, 721 Main Street, New Rochelle (914-637-3777) This restaurant, the first to specialize in Croatian/Adriatic cuisine in the metro area, excels in fish and seafood so you won’t go wrong here. Indoor, al fresco, takeout & delivery. 


Caffe Regatta, 133 Wolf’s Lane, Pelham 914-738-8686 Veteran chef/proprietor Anthony Labriola offers an eclectic contemporary mix of pristinely fresh fish and seafood specialties along with a daily Raw Bar. Soft shells will be on hand.


La Piccola Casa, 410 W. Boston Post Road, Mamaroneck (914-777-5766) Chef/owner Walter Ricci, who cooks just across from blossoming Harbor Island Park, personally shops the Hunts Point Fish Market during the wee hours of the morning, and he is always one of the first to mark the arrival of soft shells. He does a flavorful job.


Magno’s Grill, 108 Centre Ave., New Rochelle (914-235-0008) Chef Angel Magno offers soft shell crabs piccata with caper berries over sautéed corn, tomatoes, spinach, with a lemon wine sauce. Take-out & delivery. 



(Morris Gut is a restaurant marketing consultant and former restaurant trade magazine editor. He has been tracking and writing about the food and dining scene in greater Westchester for 30 years. He may be reached at: 914-235-6591. Email: