There seems to be a crawfish invasion in NYC recently. Lot’s of new places that have opened in the past year or so serving up live boiled crawfish. It’s also funny that they all mostly seem Asian-run. At least a lot of their customers are Asian. Asians sure love shellfish.

So I’ve been hankering for some crawfish and looked up a couple in the Lower East Side. The Boil is really popular, but all signs point that I should go to the less well-received Claw Daddy’s. The latter is much bigger, no wait because it’s usually pretty empty, bunch of TVs to watch football and Happy Hour deals on beer. So I went and it was awesome. I’ve been twice. Awesome!

The crawfish are great here. Good flavor when sucking the guts and brains in the head. The crawfish come in a plastic bag with the sauce. I’ve tried it with ClawDaddy’s sauce, which I think is all the sauces (Cajun, lemon pepper, garlic butter, butter cheese). Also tried it with just the Cajun sauce. Both ways are good ways to go.

The Shrimp is good too. If you want more food, shrimp might be the way to go, because there’s not much meat in crawfish. Although, I prefer crawfish over shrimp. It’s just much more fun and flavorful.

Also tried the $1 Happy Hour Wings. Pretty good wings, but I’m pretty sure $1 per wing is not really a deal. There’s 20cent wings at Croxley’s and that’s mostly all the time.

All in all, a great place to get your crawfish on. I just wished they opened earlier on weekends. Oh yeah, there were a lot of Asians eating here when I went.

Claw Daddy’s – 185 Orchard St (b/t Houston St & Stanton St) New York, NY 10002

…I was looking at my old crawfish posts and it seems like the first time I’ve ate it was at a house party in Greenpoint. And the guy who’s Mardi Gras themed party it was, was John Milhiser …who has been doing pretty well. He was a cast member on SNL last year.

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