Family Food Wine and Spirits Miss Metropolitan Junkie


Conventionality welcomes boredom. I’m still trying to figure out how I ended up having lunch at the Crab Shanty restaurant in City Island on New Year’s Day. That’s no place to start my year. I do love seafood, but my cultured spirit was crushed over a simple plate of fried jumbo shrimp and broiled lobster tail. City Island is a town that doesn’t draw me in. It’s a cute little place, but it’s no place I desire to be. Certain foods are so accessible in local areas; it makes no sense to take the ride out there. The restaurants are Red Lobster style and the feeling you get from them are Burger King – not quite have it your way, just  very low-budget. When I got the check, I realized Crab Shanty actually  isn’t low budget.  The prices are Midtown all the way. When you’re spending that type of money, you want the whole shebang; all I got was a light thud. No fancy cocktails, or unique plates, no well-informed sommelier – just high school kids working to pay for prom and ready to take your order.

Peter was our waiter at the Crab Shanty. He is a very pleasant young man. His service should be recognized and celebrated. While we were celebrating Liz’s birthday with our children, it turned out to be a beautiful day. Spending time with family and friends is always a plus, but the adventurer in me seeks more fulfillment. City Island does not fulfill me. It emptied my pockets and put me to sleep – literally. I will recommend Crab Shanty for family gatherings, but if you are seeking exceptionality outside of family moments, avoid it with every step.

Crab Shanty
361 City Island Avenue
Bronx, NY 10464
(718) 885-1810

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