THE ORIGINAL CRAB SHANTY RESTAURANT located at 361 City Island Avenue in the #Bronx was founded in 1977 and serves both #seafood and #Italian style dishes. In the early 1900s, the building in which the restaurant is located functioned as a silent movie theater, complete with tall ceilings. The The Original Crab Shanty, although not located on the water like many of its nearby competitors, became very popular due to its large portions of great quality food, reasonable prices and great service. Many of the same waitresses and staff have been working at the restaurant since it opened. Michelle Valenti-Debitetto told us, “We are definitely one of the oldest continuously run family restaurants in City Island. I’ve been the manager for the last 20 years but I started working here when I was only twelve years old as a salad girl. We make people feel comfortable and welcome them into our restaurant as if they were dining in their own home.” Photo and full interview appear in our book "New York Nights".
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