Warm up your mallet hand, it’s crab season! And we’ve got three spots for you to have your very own crabpalooza. But first, if you don’t know your way around a crab, watch this primer courtesy of Mermaid Inn.
Back Forty kicks off their annual Chesapeake Crab Boil season, hosting weekly Tuesday dinners through August. Get a pile of spiced blue crabs, potatoes, string beans, and seasonal fruit cobblers for dessert. ($45, reserve in advance). 190 Ave. B; 212-388-1990
Mermaid Inn is hosting summer crab busters every Tuesday, and also boiling Maryland blues. Get a bucket of crabs, corn, potatoes and corn bread, until the restaurant runs out. ($24/bucket) 96 Second Ave., 212-674-5870
Ditch Plains (UWS) is throwing New England-style crab boils every Thursday night in their back room. Come by for buckets of blue crab with jalapeno hush puppies, potato wedges, and corn on the cob. ($40; 6 or 8:30 p.m., reservations are recommended) 100 W. 82nd St.; 212-362-4815