Bibs up! Lazy summer nights were made for glorious, messy seafood boils.
Here are some spreads to consider:
For a Maryland tradition Back Forty hosts weekly crab boils at its original East Village location. Every Tuesday through the end of August, buy a $50 ticket and sit down to a pile (and we mean pile) of spiced blue crabs, corn on the cob, new potatoes, string beans and corn bread, plus fruit cobbler for dessert. 190 Ave. B (at 12th St.)
For a fiery New Orleans twist Head over to L.E.S. newcomer Claw Daddy’s, which offers a menu full of po’boys, gumbo, fried oysters and other Southern favorites done right. But it’s the Louisiana boil offered all year long that’s the real treat. Choose your crustacean (crawfish flown in from the delta, y’all), sauce and spice level (starts at $12 a pound), then go nuts. 185 Orchard St. (at Houston St.)
For a Maine-inspired throwdown Special at-home occasions call for a clambake to go. Find one at The Lobster Place in Chelsea Market. Packages including lobsters, mussels, clams, corn, potatoes, crackers, butter and bibs are priced by party size (starting at $80 for two people). Just place your order by 8 p.m. the day before. 75 Ninth Ave. (at 15th St.)