Had our first softshells of the season last night at NY Noodletown, prompted by the earlier posts here. WOW! First, they were huge, which made me feel better about the $14 price for 2. Next: they were in a really delicate tempura-style batter, very light and delicate. It made the claws and swimmerets so crunchy, a great contrast to the soft meat. Not a bit greasy! Very juicy, very sweet crab. Served on shredded iceberg lettuce, sprinkled with slices of jalapeno (not very hot).
Also had "Shredded Roast Duck on Sauteed Pea Shoots," another first of the season for us. While it was a bit on the salty side, it was so savory my mouth is watering just thinking about it. I think their roast duck is sometimes a little lacking in seasoning, but this was perfect. Sweet pea shoots, savory duck, a lightly thickened clear sauce. I wanted to lick the plates! Also expensive for the place ($13.95) but worth it.