Crabwatch: Are Soft Shelled Crabs Back at Cafe Duke?

Last October, I was pretty excited to find soft shelled crabs on the by the pound buffet at Cafe Duke (on 51st btw. 6+7th).  Well, soft shelled crab season started up again last month, and Lunch’er “David” reports seeing them at the 41st and Broadway Cafe Duke yesterday.  I stopped by the 51st Street location today, and they were nowhere to be found.  Please report positive sightings in the comments below (preferably before lunchtime.)


  • Hum Crab-watch? sounds like what Wayne does in the morning, after a night out on the town.

  • they had them last friday. Yum

  • And let me tell you, it’s tough to find those little boogers in the folds of my geoduck

  • zach, please let us know the next time you find out they are around. thanks for the update thus far.

  • They have them at the 41st and Broadway location today.

  • do they have it today? darnit…i missed it yestersday.

  • The Cafe Duke on 51st between 6th and 7th has soft-shelled crabs today. I got there late and they still had a lot of them left. I tried one. It’s different for a midtown deli and tasted okay. Not sure I’d go out of my way for it though.

  • 51st St location has a big pile of crabs today. Yum.

  • I tried one of their pre made sandwich,oh my goodness it was horrible,the meet was dry seemed like has been sliced a few days ago,the tomato was sour,and the bread was hard,I will never try those pre made sandwiches anymore ,if I have to eat a sandwich,I will ask for a fresh sliced meat,made right in the front of me

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