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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Shorty's on the Half Shell

470 Avenue of the Americas (W. 11th St.) Send to Phone
West Village seafood "shack" with just-pulled-from-the-sea oysters.

Lunch & Dinner daily

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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Shorty's on the Half Shell Restaurant Review

: Shorty's is dressed up with all the usual minutiae of a New England seafood shack: taxidermied fish, old fisherman's ropes and ancient sign boards cram the walls. The layout is the same as the former tenant---the overly kitsch Sixth Avenue outpost of Chat 'n' Chew---with a bar up front and a dining room (complete with comfortable two- and four-seater booths), marred only by the presence of televised sports. The menu, as one would expect after spying the d├ęcor, almost exclusively comes from the sea: moist fish and chips (made with tilapia) and large crab cakes are perfect comfort food dishes (if not a bit on the greasy side) while the steamed P.E.I. mussels and steamed Maine crabs taste like they were just pulled from the sea. Likewise, the oysters---which come in three varieties, Malpeque, Pine Island and Blue Point---are fresh and tasty.
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