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About Claw Daddy's
On Orchard Street in the heart of the Lower East Side of New York City, you will find Claw Daddy's. Since the doors opened in September of 2012, this has been the place to go to order up authentic Cajun Louisiana boil and indulge in an amazing raw bar. The bright contemporary atmosphere at Claw Daddy's is perfect for a night out. Start off your night with one of the many craft beers or signature adult Capri Sun cocktails.
Fried pickles, shrimp ceviche or crab cake fritters are just a few of the starters served. But the real claim to fame is a Louisiana boil from Claw Daddy's. Choose from shrimp, clams, crawfish, lobster or crab legs to put in your boil. Mix with the sauce of your choice and make it as spicy as you would like for the perfect meal.
Seafood, Creole / Cajun / Southern, Cajun
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:30pm
Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Sat-Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Happy Hour, Takeout, Wine
I haven't been able to find a really spectacular place for snow crab in the city yet and I had high hopes for this place, but the crab I had seemed overcooked. The owner was incredibly friendly, though, our waiters and waitresses were also very helpful and friendly, and some of the other dishes (fries, spinach) were really good. I'm hoping they can really nail the snow crab preparation methods (or whatever it was that made the meat somewhat limp and the shell less than crisp) so I can come back and gorge myself regularly.
Good but not great. Will give it another shot.
Being from Louisiana I was very excited about finding a cajun restaurant fairly close to home. They got just about everything right with the decor, menu, and the layout of the place.
The food was a bit disappointing and the service was below average. I ordered the crab and shrimp (spicy with the Clawdaddy's Special seasoning) and the jalepeno cornbread. The portions were fine but I was disappointed with the lack of spice, lack of flavor, and lack of sauces (we had to ask for butter and cocktail sauce and they were out of tarter sauce). I also don't like shrimp with the heads still on them without being warned (I would have just ordered the crab). In Louisiana if they serve them that way they tell you when you order. The corn bread was close, but needed either more jalepenos or a sauce to go with it.
I will return to try the crab with the insane spice level and a simpler seasoning. Also I can't really rate a cajun place without trying their gumbo first. They also have chicken wings so maybe two more visits.
Not what it's cracked up to be
After noticing this place on line, my girlfriend and I thought it could be a good Funday Sunday brunch spot. I was first lured by the "house-made" bloody marry with crab meat. When the waitress returned with what looked like an iv bag with a straw, I thought it was a joke. That's right, my bloody marry came in a firm plastic bag with a few shreds of crab meat, and what tasted like straight tomato juice- far from "house-made". The portions were small, and came in little cookie trays that I might feed my dog with. Don't get the jambalaya. Its the saddest looking jambalaya I've ever seen, and more closely resembles cat food. The mac and cheese was good, but I can't recall ever having a "bad" mac and cheese. The space, which wouldn't have mattered at all if the food and drinks were good, felt more like a pop-up than a real restaurant- a fish net hanging from the ceiling and a couple of boat ropes on the wall. The staff was very nice, but on two occasions, never came back with what we asked for- they may have just been overwhelmed.
A Bloody Mary in a plastic bag?????
Great time for Large group
The service was great. The wait staff was very nice. We were a group of 10 people to celebrate a birthday. Usually with a large group, it is very hard and takes a long time to get orders in. And, Claw Daddy was nice enough to store our birthday cake before our reservation so the birthday girl didn't realize there was cake.
The food was great. The seafood lovers were happy and the non-seafood lovers (allergic to seafood) were happy too (they didn't starve). The drinks were so-so.
They didn't have crawfish
I don't know how you can run a restaurant that advertises crawfish and then not have any....we came from out of state just to eat the crawfish but we're disappointed when they told us they didn't have any. They didn't even offer us anything. This is poor service on their part. This being said, the other items were very good. I would go back, but I'm will definitely call ahead next time.
Very Good Cajun Seafood Place
This was our first time at ClawDaddy's and we will definitely return. The boils were great -- I had the snow crab leg boil in their "spicy" Cajun sauce and it was superb. The craw-fish were also very good. The lobster roll was respectable but nothing exceptional. We also tried the shrimp gumbo, which had ample shrimp in it, but it lacked that real roux flavour. The service was very good. It was going excellently until our server forgot to bring the last round of beer!
I do not think there is another restaurant in NYC right now that serves boils or such authentic Cajun food. Furthermore. with the closing of Cookin' With Jazz, the Delta Grill, and Acme, there are few places left. This one is worth a try if you haven't been there yet.
Good oysters, crab legs not so much
I am a crab leg aficionado, but these did not do it for me. I got the lemon pepper seasoning, spicy. It was not spicy at all. If you like spicy then maybe try the "insane" sauce. The waiter talked me out of it saying it would be too hot, but I probably would have liked it. The lemon pepper sauce had a slight sweetness to it which I did not understand. the sauce was also a bit watery.
The blue point oysters were nice and big.
The drinks were tasty, but they definitely put too much ice in the bag. After about 3 sips, it's done. Not really worth the $7 if you ask me.
Overall, the service was good and the music was even better (old school 90s jams the day I went) and I would go back for the oysters, but not my 1st choice for cheap drinks and crab legs.
The food was delicious, particularly the hush puppies, which were absolutely scrumptious! The drinks were tasty an strong (we got a brunch deal on pulsd). And the staff was welcoming and attentive. They didn't rush us, it was a great time and we'll be back!-207
Great spot for cold brew and seafood
We love this place - discovered it around May and have been back several times since then. It's become our go-to place for spicy seafood and cold beers. It was especially awesome to catch the happy hour prices after spending the day at the beach - OYSTERS! Service is kind of hit or miss, but the food is great. Lively atmosphere, would be good for a fun date or dinner with friends. Would recommend.
Server was very curt and attempted to pu ...
Server was very curt and attempted to pull plates from the table as we were eating. We were one of the night's last tables, but certainly did not arrive at the last minute to possibly justify her behavior. We were also never served the crawfish that we ordered. I'll just go to the Boil next time for sure.
A hole in the wall kind of place
The only thing people should get from here is the seafood and drinks. The brunch menu wasn't that good but the seafood in a bag looked very good. I was upset that i brought a pulsd package for them and was disappointed with the brunch menu and the appearance of the blooding mary. In the pictures it looks so cool in a mason jar with crab meat and shrimp coming out of it but you get a capri sun looking bag with the blooding mary mix in it. Other then that the waitress was great and the cranberry bellini was amazing.
Not bad NOLA dining experience in NYC.
Very good dining atmosphere! The $1 happy hour wing and oyster were really great deal. However, , strictly speaking, I thought the taste of cajun style shrimp and clam cumbo I ordered was just mediocre. Overall it was not a bad cajun seafood cuisine dining experience in NYC :)
Great food! Pricey, but worth it occasionally.
The food at Claw Daddy's was excellent! Our waitress was kind, and knew the menu well. My only criticisms are the weak drinks and the high prices. Everything seems a little too marked up for a restaurant that's trying to get back on its feet. But the food is absolutely delicious!
Eat with your fingers, but don't talk
I loved the wonderful New Orleans food eaten with my fingers while wearing plastic gloves provided with the bib. The noise level was excruciatingly loud, making it impossible to have a conversation. The service was warm friendly and helpful. I will go there again but not with anyone with whom I want to talk.
Way too loud - couldn't even eat
Although the restaurant smelled good walking in, I couldn't even handle how loud the place was. The room is essentially a concrete box with no acoustics so all the noise reverberates extensively. Felt more like being in the middle of a noisy mall food court filled with high schoolers than a restaurant in New York. I wish I was able to comment on the food but I had to leave before we could even order. The thought of spending around $50 for a meal in that kind of environment was something that even a drink couldn't assuage. Also, their cocktail menu only has one kind of liquor - Soju - and the cocktails seem to come in a plastic bag like a boozy capri sun.
Good for happy hour
$1 oysters/wings, $5 beer, $7 wine for happy hour. Pretty good deal. The oysters are pretty fresh, the wings are not overcooked. The calamari was even better - thought it was rather expensive ($7, I think) for about 7 pieces of calamari. Garlic noodles was very delicious; it is very garlicky. The noodles were cooked perfectly and well seasoned. The seafood in the broil was rather tasty, though the potatoes and corn were cold in the middle, a little disappointed.
Staff are super friendly and accommodating
Came a month ago and our lovely waitress still remembered me. Came during happy hour on a Saturday. $1 wings tasted great which no one at our table expected! Ordered 40 wings on top of everything for our table of 7 and was super tempted to get another batch.
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