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The Original Crab Shanty Restaurant

361 City Island Ave., The Bronx, NY 10464 40.848588 -73.78702
at Tier St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
718-885-1810 Send to Phone

  • Cuisine: Seafood
  • Price Range: $$$

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Sun-Thu, 11am-1am; Fri-Sat, 11am-2am

Nearby Subway Stops

6 at Pelham Bay Park



Payment Methods

American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Good for Groups
  • Kid-Friendly
  • Kids' Menu
  • Late-Night Dining
  • Lunch
  • Private Dining/Party Space
  • Take-Out


  • Full Bar




That old saying that City Island is like a New England fishing village within Gotham's borders would ring true only if Walt Disney had been among the Puritan settlers. But halfway down the island The Original Crab Shanty is reasonably reminiscent of a genuine crab shack (albeit with a plethora of blinding neon inside and out). The sensibly sized, cedar-shingled space, with its handful of cozy booths with sea-themed stained-glass partitions, closely packed tables with patio chairs, and collages of customer photos, has a homey feel. The dishes—there is a seemingly endless fried, broiled, baked, and boiled selection—are prefaced with crusty, whole-clove garlic bread, and satisfying in a conventional way, though the gratis clam chowder starters (both New England and Manhattan varieties) taste like they came out of a can. The fried entrees aren't greasy, and the freshness of the ingredients—the oysters in particular—make up for their being consistently over-battered. Crab dishes are a coin-toss: The firm, meaty blue crab cakes are worth lingering over, but the baked, shredded, virtually flavorless Dungeness stuffed into a shell could have diners fleeing to the West Coast for the real thing.

Recommended Dishes

Lump crab cakes, $12.99