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Best Lobster Roll in the city?!?

Imapig Jun 10, 2006 10:15 AM

I'm a huge fan of lobster rolls. Can anyone recommend a great place to get one? So far the best I've head in NYC are at the downstairs area of BLT Fish, and the Mermaid Inn.


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    Gourmonster Jun 10, 2006 11:00 AM

    Everyone raves about the Lobster Roll at Mary's Fish Camp but I wasn't too thrilled with it. I really liked the one at The Lobster Place in Chelsea Market much better.

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    1. re: Gourmonster
      bk Jun 10, 2006 12:54 PM

      without a doubt the Lobster Place beats 'em all in terms of value (quality of lobster to price.)

      However, be forewarned that the roll is not buttered and slightly toasted as tradtion demands.

      1. re: bk
        xavier Jun 11, 2006 05:58 PM

        I liked them a lot better when they were $7. The Lobster Place have jacked them to $13.95, without and notable change in the roll. They're still cheaper than anyone else in town, that I've seen.

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      CornflakeGirl Jun 10, 2006 11:23 AM

      Pearl Oyster Bar

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        john k Jun 10, 2006 02:46 PM

        I'm patial to Tides in the Lower East Side, they do a seasonal roll so it's different every 3 monnths or so. The cehf is from mary's and they use cucumber instead of celery.

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          Nosher Jun 10, 2006 07:45 PM

          We just revisited Mary's last night and enjoyed the lobster roll, but other people who have commented seem to share our feelings. Here are my personal Top 3, in order of preference:

          1. Pearl Oyster Bar (best overall)
          2. Lobster Place (in Chelsea Market)
          3. Mary's Fish Camp (very good, and with the best roll of the bunch, but there tends to be less lobster and too much chive in the dressing)


          Link: http://nycnosh.com

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            sybil Jun 11, 2006 07:36 AM

            I think the lobster roll at the fish place in the Chelsea Market is the tastiest one in the city. They also have a store on Bleeker St. next to Amy's Bread.

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              RacksOLambs Jun 11, 2006 11:48 AM

              I had the one at the bar Ditch Plains - fantastic - and loved the roll it came on. and friendly service.

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                ultbil Jun 11, 2006 07:28 PM

                I found that the lobster roll at Ditch Plains tries to be too much. It was mayo based (vs. butter) and had all sorts of stuff going on (lots of herbs and spices) that take away from the lobster.

                It wasn't bad but other places are better (Pearl's, Mary's).

                Also, the New England Clam chowder at Ditch Plains was very thin/watery and was really a soup not a chowder. The taste was ok, not great, but I was expecting something much thicker.

                1. re: ultbil
                  susie Jun 11, 2006 09:30 PM

                  I wasn't thrilled with Ditch Plains Lobster Roll either...they do seem to try too hard, and I would rather a buttery flavor on my roll rather than a flame grilled charcol flavor.

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                    Racks Jun 12, 2006 12:44 PM

                    I've never had a butter-based lobster roll. I always thought they were mayo-based. Are there two types?? Sorta like manhattan clam chowder versus new england style?

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                      ultbil Jun 12, 2006 01:02 PM

                      Not sure if those are the only 2 types of lobster rolls.

                      I haven't had a butter based lobster roll in NYC, only in New England (Connecticut, Maine).

                      Very simple, very good.

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                      bigjeff Aug 25, 2007 01:27 AM

                      just want to add that I just had the lobster roll at ditch plains and it tasted so bad! not only was it flat from the lack of strong lobster taste and flavor, but then there was this mayo-sorta-not-mayo dressing, and they added caraway seeds which totally threw it off and made it taste like they added stale curry from the back of the cupboard. bad lobster roll, bad!

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                  Joe B Jun 11, 2006 09:54 PM

                  What restaurants serve non-mayo rolls? Something along the lines of Abbot's.

                  1. LeahBaila Aug 25, 2007 08:18 AM

                    I always hesitate to say it (because their other food is pretty heinous), but The Black Pearl makes a damn good lobster roll.

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                      graphisbeb Aug 25, 2007 12:13 PM

                      No votes for Ed's Lobster Bar? Pshaw. I think their lobster roll is pretty freakin' good. The rest of the menu is rather tasty as well.

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                        captkenjeroo Aug 25, 2007 09:21 PM

                        Had Ed's lobster roll tonight for the first time. Thought it was only so-so. It definitely has less mayo than Pearl, but I personally find that the amount of mayo in the Pearl LR helps bind it together and give it a rich goodness. Ed's felt watery and lukewarm - which was also a bit of a turn off. I was expecting the lobster filling to be cold - or at least cool. I know - it's probably because they had just cooked up that batch of lobster salad, but lukewarm lobster salad with watery mayo wasn't that great.

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                        1. re: captkenjeroo
                          PhishFoodie Aug 26, 2007 09:25 PM

                          i too finally tried Ed's last week and loved it- tasted fresh, and like lobster- not the mayo-ey goop i get at mary's, etc. i'm a big fan of the mermaid inn too, but their's is a little different than the rest.

                          BLT fish shack and the Lobster Place are next on my list...I always want to try the Lobster Place when I'm in or around Chelsea Market, but for some reason I never end up getting it!

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