Boasting 13 locations across the US, Hot’n Juicy Crawfish serves seafood creole and Cajun style. Yes, seafood and mainly seafood. If you do not like it or are allergic, unless you are ready to eat corn, rice and potatoes, this place is not for you. But if you like crab, crawfish, shrimp or lobster, it is a fun experience. Notice the way I put it and understand that when I say a “fun experience” it means that I personally would not go often there, prices being high considering what ends up in your belly once you eliminate the shells that make up most of the weight of the food you order.
I started of with ordering a Brooklyn Lager draft beer:
Then, I got half a dozen blue point oysters that were quite good and tasting fresh.
At the same time came a bucket, a bib and some plastic gloves for the crawfish and crab I ordered. I appreciated the fact that they gave several pairs of gloves as one was definitely not enough to go through the lunch. And there was the bib: you may think twice before refusing to wear it because you would look ridiculous. Yes, if you walk like that in the street you would certainly look ridiculous if not crazy. But, in this kind of restaurant, mostly everybody is wearing it and everybody understands that you have to choose between wearing it or sacrificing your shirt! So who cares?
The first thing that came out was the pound of crawfish ($15/lb). I asked to have it with garlic butter, mild. I forgot to mention that you have to choose the sauce and the spiciness of it. Loving butter, I did not hesitate, although I admit that with the amount of garlic it had I will be protected from vampires for the next three months...As far as the spiciness is concerned, mild was fine: it had a slight kick at first, but it built up in my mouth as I was eating. The crawfish was good, well cooked.
Next was the blue crab ($15/lb). 1 pound is equivalent to three crabs. They looked good and were good, but you do not get much meat in it and would probably need to order 3 or 4 pounds to be satisfied. I chose the exact same sauce as for the crawfish.
So overall it was good, but I left a bit hungry. I would go back there for fun, but not if I am craving seafood. For that, I would go to The Lobster Place in Chelsea Market: pricey but more satisfying.
Enjoy (I did)!
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hot’n Juicy Crawfish - 243 W 14th St, New York, NY 10011