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Feb 8, 2000 10:26 PM

The Perfect Lunch?

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Taken today at the Pearl Oyster Bar on Cornelia Street:

- A glass (or two) of Pinot Gris.
- A bowl of silken, smoky clam chowder with bacon.
- A dozen briny, glistening oysters, just opened.
- A fresh, sweet, unchilled lobster roll, on toasty, buttery bread, with the best thin Julienne potatoes still sizzling from the fryer.
- For dessert, a dozen plump, sweet steamers, with broth and clarified butter.

Actually, I watched a friend slurp the oysters, but still, what could be better?

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  1. If I didn't have to drive afterwards, maybe another glass of wine.

    Actually, I've never understood the appreciation of good seafood wrapped in too much bread. This covers lobster rolls, lobster club sandwiches and "erster" po-boys.

    I also have a sweet tooth and really enjoy a real dessert, even if it's just a piece of fruit, but otherwise it sounds tempting.

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    1. re: Bux

      Oh, man, that's it, I just may have to go to Pearl for a lobster roll for lunch.

      I know what Bux is saying re: bread (I like my burgers on pita) but nothing ever tastes bad with good lobster.....

      1. re: Jessica S.

        For the record, however: There are generally two types of lobster roll, the cool/mayonnaised, and the hot/buttered. Pearl serves the former (not chilled, thank goodness!), but the lobster is so perfect, the dressing so minimal, and the roll so buttery that it transcends type.

      2. re: Bux

        As for dessert, Pearl has one of the best pieces of cheesecake I've had in Manhattan. I don't think your sweet tooth would be disappointed.

        And really, if you are going to branch out and try the lobster roll, Pearl is the place to do it.

        1. re: Bux

          A good lobster roll contains too much lobster to be considered "wrapped in too much bread," though I might agree that something both breaded _and_ sandwiched may be excessive.

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          Steve from Rhinebeck

          .....MMMMMMM You've gotten me soooo hungry! I feel a trip to the City coming on.
          PS nice dessert!

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          1. re: Steve from Rhinebeck

            Just be warned that they have few seats, crowd up, and take no reservations.

          2. Chowda, steamas, fried oystas, lobsta roll.

            Also pinot gris, that excellent bread, those amazing fries, and no crowding at all of a weekday afternoon.

            The owner was overheard musing about larger quarters, so go now, while it's still perfect.