Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > Manhattan >
Aug 7, 2006 10:46 PM

Lobster Dinners or Lobster Rolls in Manhattan

Any suggestions for a good New England lobster dinner in Manhattan that won't break the bank? Alternatively, a good place for lobster rolls will do. I remember seeing a place in the Chelsea Market for lobster rolls. Anyone have recent experience? Thanks.

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. Pricey as all hell, but Aquavit has amazing lobster rolls.

    1. The Chelsea Market one (I think the place was call Lobster something) had a great one for about $12 or so (I was there in early July). There are tables at the market to sit down and enjoy it or take home. So much meat it was obscene. Don't think there were any sides as you are buying from a fish market (how much more fresh can you get??).

      6 Replies
      1. re: eve

        The Chelsea market place is probably the best bargain. The best New England style restaurant is Pearl Oyster Bar.

        1. re: kenito799

          POB has a great lobster roll but it's not New England style, it's Maine style - New England style is served hot with no mayo i.e. Abbots in Noank.

          1. re: wingman

            wingman, I’m so thrilled to read your post – a legitimately mayo-free lobster roll, without them having to make mine up special. I’ll make a point of getting to this noank place! Does NE style exist in manhattan? Liz

            1. re: wingman

              "POB has a great lobster roll but it's not New England style, it's Maine style - New England style is served hot with no mayo i.e. Abbots in Noank."

              Last I looked, Maine was in New England. It just depends where are. CT seems to be more about the hot butter and mayo elsewhere in NE. But you can get them w/ butter at one place in Boston, Neptune. They come with butter OR mayo (on the side) at the infamous Red's in Wiscasset ME. See related thread on the Boston board.


              1. re: wingman

                not to get totally off the manhattan board subject, but abbott's was the best idea we had during our stay in mystic. YUMMMMM... really good clear broth clam chowder too. RI style.

                1. re: wingman


                  I haven't been there in umm decades so it's great to know that place is still around!

            2. For lobster rolls, some of the most commonly mentioned names are Pearl Oyster Bar, Tides, Mermaid Inn, and Mary's Fish Camp.

              2 Replies
              1. re: Lucia

                I am sorry to report this, but that past 3x at Mermaid, shell chards, and an ever smaller portions of actual lobster have turned us against ever ordering this here again. My wife cut her lip pretty bad last time. Not at all cool. They have always done the right thing by comping something, the last time the roll since a blood bath ensued, and apologizing. But they are obviously not interested in the fixing the problem.

                Pearl is the best bet for sit down service, Chelsea Mkt. is the bagain portion for take away.

                1. re: noodles

                  I just wanted to check the Chelsea Market price--I was off a bit--it's about $14. I think still a good price for what you get.

              2. Most of the menu is sub par, but the Lobster Roll at Pershing Square is excellent. It is a pile of great meat, but generally needs a squeeze of lemon. It comes with a cucumber sald but is $20>.

                1. I second Pearl Oyster Bar.... It's a tiny place but packed with goodness!