Yum, Yum! Hammer & Claws Blue Crab Feast in New York City, Sept. 23 – 25, 2011
*Whack!* That sound is music to my ears. It’s the sound of a wooden hammer cracking open a steamed blue crab. It’s usually followed by a splatter of juice that sometimes hits me square in the eye or on my shirt.
Crab picking and claw whacking and cracking will be happening in New York City the weekend of Sept. 23 – 25, 2011, with Hammer & Claws Blue Crab Feast. If I didn’t have plans, I’d seriously be looking into flying up and partaking in the cracking and picking where close to 50,000 blue crabs will be served up throughout the weekend.
Choptank Restaurant founder and owner Joshua Morgan, a Maryland native, is bringing Hammer & Claws to the Big Apple. This inaugural event is an authentic crab feast like those hosted in Maryland. Cold beer and traditional crab feast sides will be served up such as corn on the cob and potatoes. Musical performers will entertain diners with different acts each day.
The historic Tunnel Space of the Terminal Stores building in Chelsea sets the stage for Hammer & Claws Blue Crab Feast and advance reservations are a must. At least one of the seatings is sold out already! The all you can eat crab feast is $118 per person with children ages 6 to 12 being $45 and children under 6 are free. Reservations can be made online at www.hammerandclaws.com.
Here’s a little quiz. Can you tell the difference between a male and female blue crab? Perhaps that will be a future post.
If you go, please tell me about it. I’d like to consider it for next year.
Hammer & Claws Blue Crab Feast
Sept. 23 – 25, 2011
The Tunnel at The Terminal Stores
269 11th Avenue, Chelsea
New York City
Note: the image used in this post is from my favorite place in Southwest Florida to dine on blue crabs, Peace River Seafood in Punta Gorda,