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Who's Your Crawdaddy?

Marcus Samuelsson gives props to the undersung crustacean.


Aquavit’s Crayfish Festival
Outside Louisiana, Americans for some reason don’t go gaga over crayfish (crawfish or crawdads, if you’re from down South) the way New Zealanders, the French, and especially Scandinavians do. But every year, Aquavit chef Marcus Samuelsson attempts to raise the profile of these succulent little freshwater delicacies, which are as popular in Samuelsson’s native Sweden as those tiny, gravy-soaked meatballs. From August 15 to 21, he dishes them out for lunch and dinner, at a $20.12 all-you-can-eat free-for-all, a four-course $45 spread in the café, or a $100 seven-course dinner in the dining room.
65 E. 55th St., nr. Madison Ave.; 212-307-7311.


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