Waterfront Crabhouse

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Photograph: Sean Ellingson
Long Island City
While its waterfront morphs into a strip of high-rises that could easily pass for Battery Park City, LIC’s old school is in session at the Waterfront Crabhouse, where the portions are huge and the fish fresh. Lodged in a landmark 1881 brick building, the joint’s bizarre decor (shoes hang from the ceiling, while the bar has a bathtub full of peanuts) won’t distract you from the signature crabs, best sampled in a lively garlic sauce, or lobster tails stuffed with juicy crabmeat. The menu casts a wide net, much of the catch finding its way into the “bouillabaisse” of shrimp, scallops, mussels, crab, among other sea creatures, served over linguini in a choice of sauces.
Venue name: Waterfront Crabhouse
Address: 2-03 Borden Ave
Cross street: at 2nd St
Opening hours: Mon, Tue noon–10pm; Wed, Thu noon–11pm; Fri, Sat noon–midnight; Sun 3–10pm
Transport: Subway: 7 to Vernon Blvd–Jackson Ave
Price: Average main course: $17. AmEx, Disc, MC, V
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George H

I have to say that I was looking forward to dining in this restaurant.  Unfortunately the experience was far from good, even mediocre would be pushing it.  I ordered three appetizers, Calamari (turned out to be very good), Escargot should be in the shell or in a plate designed for them, not in a pastry, totally disappointing.  The Caprese Mozzarella and Tomato with Pepper was OK but the Mozzarella seemed dry and crumbly.  Our main dishes were disappointing, the stuffed Sole was very bready, did not taste like a crab stuffing.  My Shrimp Sauce over Linguine was not good either, sauce was not tasty, the Linguine was thick, not like any I have had before.  Even the salad was disappointing lettuce, carrot shreds one slice of Cucumber and the worst Ranch Dressing I have ever had.  Needless to say I could not recommend this restaurant to anyone.