Last night at Cafe Barcel in Nyack, I had a terrific soft shell with a macademia slaw. Tender but crunchy nuts mixed in with citrus and cabbage and a sinful brown butter sauce — with one sweet and beautiful crab on top:
So great. If the restaurant were open tonight, I might go back and have another one. I guess I’ll have to wait til Wednesday….
But I also had a great soft shell at Red Hat on the River in Irvington a week or so ago. It was tempura-fried atop a salad of white bean and chorizo with baby arugula folded in, and a lemon herb vinaigrette drizzled around the plate. (It sounded so good that even though I was only planning on staying for one drink with my friends, I caved in and ordered it! It was well worth it.)
I love what this means for seasonal menus. I mean, think of the possibilities: asparagus, morels, strawberries — can tomatoes be far behind?!
So where else have you seen soft shells?
One year ago: Eating Family Style at Spadaro.