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Where to Eat Early Arrival Soft Shell Crabs in NYC

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Soft shell crabs are the new ramps. Or the original ramps, the real signifier in the restaurant industry that winter is officially over and all the fun spring eating can begin.

An unusually warm winter accelerated a molting process that usually doesn't take place until May, and Florida fishermen are taking note. Though still early, many New York restaurants have received their first shipments and are serving soft shells at this very moment, typically as specials. Here now is a look at where to find the first of the season. As for ramps, well they're everywhere.

— Hannah Leighton

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Oceana

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120 W 49th St
New York, NY 10019

2. Kin Shop

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469 6th Ave
New York, NY 10011

3. Traif

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229 S 4th St
Brooklyn, NY 11211

4. Walter Foods

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5. Dumont

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6. Grand Central Oyster Bar

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89 E 42nd St
New York, NY 10168

7. Walter's

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166 Dekalb Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11217

8. Esca

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402 W 43rd St
New York, NY 10036

9. Blue Water Grill

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31 Union Square W
New York, NY 10003

10. Aquagrill

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210 Spring St
New York, NY 10012

11. BLT Fish Inc

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21 W 17th St
New York, NY 10011

12. The Water Club

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500 E 30th St
New York, NY 10016

13. The Harrison Restaurant

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355 Greenwich St
New York, NY 10013

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1. Oceana

120 W 49th St, New York, NY 10019

120 W 49th St
New York, NY 10019

2. Kin Shop

469 6th Ave, New York, NY 10011

469 6th Ave
New York, NY 10011

3. Traif

229 S 4th St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

229 S 4th St
Brooklyn, NY 11211

4. Walter Foods

5. Dumont

6. Grand Central Oyster Bar

89 E 42nd St, New York, NY 10168

89 E 42nd St
New York, NY 10168

7. Walter's

166 Dekalb Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

166 Dekalb Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11217

8. Esca

402 W 43rd St, New York, NY 10036

402 W 43rd St
New York, NY 10036

9. Blue Water Grill

31 Union Square W, New York, NY 10003

31 Union Square W
New York, NY 10003

10. Aquagrill

210 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

210 Spring St
New York, NY 10012

11. BLT Fish Inc

21 W 17th St, New York, NY 10011

21 W 17th St
New York, NY 10011

12. The Water Club

500 E 30th St, New York, NY 10016

500 E 30th St
New York, NY 10016

13. The Harrison Restaurant

355 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013

355 Greenwich St
New York, NY 10013

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