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Red & Gold Boil on St. Marks

small h | Jan 21, 201508:37 AM

I support this new trendlet of bag-o'-seafood places (the other one I know of is The Boil on Chrystie), even if it's not the most elegant way to dine. We had a pre-theater meal of the Florida Golden Crab Boil with Old Bay, which serves two and was only $22.50 - all the boils are half-off for "the winter." So what's in the bag?

One excellent impressively large crab
About a half dozen very good head-on shrimp
A couple of sizable, but tough-ish, mussels
A handful of okay squid
Potato wedges
Corn, out of season and cooked to death, so pretty lousy
And about a half pound of spaghetti, who knows why

I like a long, leisurely meal, and this is definitely that, because it's a fair amount of work. Don't go in a rush, or with people whose company you don't enjoy. The staff is very friendly, and they provide the necessary hazmat materials: gloves, bibs, assorted plastic weaponry for tackling the crabs. If I could change anything about the place, I'd tell them to swap out the spaghetti for some bread, and ditch the godawful music.

The Boil
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