Claw Daddy's in New York, NY

Please note that the meal was complimentary. However, the opinions expressed in my blog are 100% my own!  

 Claw Daddy's in New York, NY

Claw Daddy's in New York, NY

This week, I got invited to a media event at Claw Daddy's, a restaurant located on the Lower East Side that serves Cajun cuisine. As Jodi does not like seafood, I proposed to my friend Benny to join the party, making his wife jealous that she could not come with us as she also loves seafood...

 Fishnet at   Claw Daddy's in New York, NY

Fishnet at  Claw Daddy's in New York, NY

 Trap at   Claw Daddy's in New York, NY

Trap at  Claw Daddy's in New York, NY

This place, that opened in January of this year, is fairly bright with its floor to (high) ceiling windows, simply decorated with fishermen objects, reflecting the theme of the restaurant. 

 Dining room at Claw Daddy's in New York, NY

Dining room at Claw Daddy's in New York, NY

Tables are communal, that can be fun considering how the food is eaten and there are few hints that it is going to get messy: first are the paper rolls on the table as well as the paper tablecloths. 

 Tables at  Claw Daddy's in New York, NY

Tables at Claw Daddy's in New York, NY

Then, they bring you a small paper box with gloves (that of course made people laugh and joke about things that have no place in this blog),

 Glove at Claw Daddy's in New York, NY

Glove at Claw Daddy's in New York, NY

A bib, that people wore without any shame,

 Bib at   Claw Daddy's in New York, NY

Bib at  Claw Daddy's in New York, NY

A wet towel to cleanup. 

 Seafood display at   Claw Daddy's in New York, NY

Seafood display at  Claw Daddy's in New York, NY

In the back of the room is a small display, where a lobster definitely caught my eye. Yes, I love seafood and particularly lobster and was thrilled to hear that our tasting menu would include a lobster roll. I LOVE lobster rolls and always recommend people coming to visit us from Europe to try one. In France, it would still be considered crazy to serve lobster like that. I can hear my fellow Frenchmen saying: "Quoi? Un sandwich au homard? Ils sont fous ces 'Ricains!" ("What? A lobster sandwich? They are crazy these yankees!"). 

 Lobster at   Claw Daddy's in New York, NY

Lobster at  Claw Daddy's in New York, NY

To start with, I had a choice between wine or beer. They have a nice selection of beers there, but I admit that I always enjoy a cold glass of white wine with seafood. I chose a dry Riesling that was perfect. 

 Dry Riesling at   Claw Daddy's in New York, NY

Dry Riesling at  Claw Daddy's in New York, NY

Then, came wings and popcorn shrimp. 

 Wings and popcorn shrimp at   Claw Daddy's in New York, NY

Wings and popcorn shrimp at  Claw Daddy's in New York, NY

The Cajun style wings were definitely my favorite: crispy, not greasy, with the meat inside still juicy. The popcorn shrimp were good too, similar to the chicken, not being greasy and a bit crunchy, the shrimp itself being perfectly cooked. 

 Lobster roll at   Claw Daddy's in New York, NY

Lobster roll at  Claw Daddy's in New York, NY

Then came the lobster roll. It was half a portion as we were trying few dishes. I literally inhaled it because it was so good, the sauce the lobster was bathed in was not overpowering and perfectly seasoned with probably cajun spices.

 Lobster roll at  Claw Daddy's in New York, NY

Lobster roll at Claw Daddy's in New York, NY

Then came the long awaited Louisiana boil:

 Louisiana boil at  Claw Daddy's in New York, NY

Louisiana boil at Claw Daddy's in New York, NY

I admit that before going to Claw Daddy's, I did not know that a boil is a social event where shellfish is the centerpiece, usually cooked in a large pot with different ingredients and seasoning. At Claw Daddy's, they serve different kinds: lobster, crawfish, shrimp, crab...You can also order a combination such as crab and shrimp or lobster and crawfish. For this event, we got clams (huge), shrimp (fantastic, large, perfectly cooked), crawfish (I did not like) and crab (good). We also had to pick a sauce, as well as how spicy it would be, the spiciest being called...insane! It is made with scorpion pepper that is one of the most piquant pepper. I did not try it and went for a mild sauce, picking the butter cheese sauce (made with parmesan and butter), over the garlic butter one, too afraid the garlicky flavor would repel vampires for an extended amount of time.

  Louisiana boil at   Claw Daddy's in New York, NY

Louisiana boil at Claw Daddy's in New York, NY

When the dish came, it was not served on a plate, but in a plastic bag and you simply throw the shell in a bucket.

 Louisiana boil at Claw Daddy's in New York, NY

Louisiana boil at Claw Daddy's in New York, NY

The first thing you see when you open the bag is the crab and then, you get this divine aroma and a bit of steam that convinces you at that time to put the bib on and use the gloves (there are no forks or knives, probably only brought on demand).

  Louisiana boil at   Claw Daddy's in New York, NY

Louisiana boil at Claw Daddy's in New York, NY

I should also mention that there were potatoes and corn in the bag. I liked that dish and it was fun to eat it, although I was worried at first as I was wearing a suit, the event being after work (no, I did not end up with sauce on my shirt thanks to the bib). As I mentioned, I did not like the crawfish, but loved the shrimp, crab and clams, the first two being definitely my favorite.

Claw Daddy's was definitely a novelty for me as it was my first seafood boil and I loved the low-key, humble atmosphere of the place, as well as the fact that it was communal. I would definitely go back to either get another boil or try their Po'Boys. Please know that, if you are vegetarian, they have a very limited number of options.

Enjoy (I did)!

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