The weather on Sunday was absolutely perfect, so I was determined to find an outdoor spot in the late afternoon/early evening for a quick drink and snack with a friend. But while walking down Park Avenue, I noticed a sign at City Crab & Seafood Company: Don’t Be Crabby – Half-Price Happy Hour. Although they didn’t have any outdoor seating (at least none that I saw at the time, see below), the deal-hunting instinct in me took over and I headed inside to enjoy half-priced drinks and appetizers.
Every day of the week from 4-7 pm you can enjoy all cocktails (made with well alcohol), wines by glass, select bottled beers and appetizers for 50% off, and you can get oysters for $1 a piece. This deal is also in effect on Fridays and Saturdays from 10-12 pm, which is perfect for a late-night snack if you’re taking it easy one night.Â
I went for a glass of the crisp Pinot Grigio and my friend had the Vinho Verde which was sweet like a Reisling. We also shared the fried calamari and the buffalo shrimp. The calamari portion was pretty sizeable, and I was actually full before the plate was empty (a rarity for me). It was lightly fried with a thin batter coating, just the way I like it, and it tasted like it was freshly prepared, versus being chewy like it sat under a heat lamp for hours. The accompanying marinara sauce was good, but we could have definitely used more of it.Â
The buffalo shrimp was awesome. I love buffalo sauce, and I had never had it with shrimp before (nor have I ever seen it offered on a menu). We only received four shrimp, but luckily they were large, so you could get a few bites out of each. The buffalo sauce was absolutely delicious, as was the blue cheese dressing on the side. It was a great appetizer and I highly recommend it.
Turns out those two appetizers were enough to create our dinner. That’s pretty incredible considering that our total bill for both glasses of wine and appetizers came to $24.39 (plus tip). I couldn’t believe it, but I was thrilled. This Happy Hour deal is undoubtedly worth it, and if you’re stuck on sitting outside, turns out that you’re in luck. As I turned the corner on 19th Street to go home, I saw that there were several tables set up outside. I was pretty disappointed that I missed the tables earlier, but I was still happy about the deal overall.
It’s also important to note that City Crab has a prix fixe menu: Starting at 5 pm, Monday through Friday, you can enjoy a three-course meal (appetizer, salad or soup; choice of the chef’s specials; key lime pie, ice cream/sorbet or cheesecake) for only $25. I’d love to come back and try some more substantial seafood dishes (particularly the Alaskan King Crab legs), and this may be just the way to do it. Pair the prix fixe menu up with half-priced glasses of wine before 7 pm, and you’ve got yourself a very affordable and nice dinner out. ÂThe Basics Name: City Crab & Seafood Company Location: 235 Park Avenue South Who to take: Friends, Parents, a Date Price: Depends on how much you order.Â $-$$$ Overall: Who doesn’t like 50% off? 5 Stars.Â