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Langoustines in NYC

ilny | Jan 10, 2008 09:57 PM

I had my first taste of langoustines last summer at a quaint little restaurant in Philadelphia - actually it wasn't even on the menu or special, but a tradition of encouraging patrons to visit the kitchen led me to notice a small secondary sink where these little guys were living. I requested the chef (father of this family run joint) to cook up some by his choice of preparation - I became hooked! So back in New York, I have been seeking them out on menus and want more. I've eaten langoustines so far only at Soto (W Village), Piccolo V(Queens), and recently Valbella (Meatpacking) where they had it as a daily special. All three restaurants had different styles of preparation not only by cuisine but also texture, I preferred most the ones at Soto which "just" cooked the shellfish, soft and succulent as a carefully prepared scallop, and as a bonus the langoustines also had roe attached to its very slender body. And while I did not at all care for the shitake mushroom sauce Soto pours over the langoustines, they are still my favorite so far. So can anyone point me to restaurants that serve this yummy crustacean, with heads and all??! Thank You!

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