HOME > Chowhound > Manhattan >
Are you making a specialty food? Get great advice


outside25 Jul 20, 2007 06:13 AM

Looking for a great place to get whole lobsters, with all the trimmings, and the kind of atmosphere where you don't mind making a mess ripping into it! Any suggestions? Anywhere in Manhattan, or Brooklyn, if you've got a good place.


  1. b
    bobbyrab Jul 21, 2007 10:05 AM

    Original Palm -- 837 Second Avenue. STILL good. You have to realize the quality of beef has gone down over the last several years everywhere. The lobsters still rock here!

    1. j
      JeremyEG Jul 20, 2007 09:17 PM

      Tides on the Lower East Side. Often they put a spin on the traditional lobster dinner (Spanish, Greek, etc.) but it's delicious.

      1. bigmackdaddy Jul 20, 2007 07:23 PM

        Do not go to Mary's Fish in Brooklyn or GCP. Quite frankly they're both very pricey and pretty bland. NY'ers need to accept the fact that when it comes to lobster dinners with the drawn butter, exce p for some better steak houses, NYC is pretty defunct in this area. You might want to try a good Chinese restaurant that has live lobster tanks. Look for one that you like, make sure it doesn't have "burns hole" and they will cook it the way you want it, although I'm not sure you can get drawn butter. If you find a decent lobster place please let me know.

        Personally, I go to the Fairway in Red Hook and have them steam it for me.

        1 Reply
        1. re: bigmackdaddy
          Nosher Jul 23, 2007 10:10 AM

          I don't agree with this at all. I grew up on Maine and Nova Scotia lobsters and I know a good grilled critter when I taste one. Mary's Fish Camp has an excellent version that many people think is excellent--me included. Yes, they are pricey. No doubt at all about that. But is that seriously a surprise in this town?

          Chinese restaurants sometimes serve chicken lobsters or culls to their customers, so just be aware before you order a lobster, sight unseen, from a Chinatown joint.

          If you're looking for less expensive, Fairway isn't a bad suggestion. Neither is The Lobster Place in Chelsea Market. We also like Jordan Lobster out in Island Park, which is a bit of a trek, but the lobsters are well worth the trip.


          NYCnosh* http://nycnosh.com

        2. c
          corgette Jul 20, 2007 04:05 PM

          Though I have never been, I've read good things on a few boards and blogs about Mary's Fish Camp in Brooklyn.

          1. ericalloyd Jul 20, 2007 11:11 AM

            633 third ave at 40th st
            212 986-8080

            3 Replies
            1. re: ericalloyd
              randymac88 Jul 20, 2007 01:05 PM

              Big non-fan of docks. Had multiple significantly poor experiences with bad smelling, tough seafood. Not a fan.

              1. re: randymac88
                DoctortedNYC Jul 20, 2007 03:01 PM

                Avoid docks.

                Grand Central Oyster Bar or

                1. re: DoctortedNYC
                  rjm Jul 20, 2007 03:43 PM

                  Not the Palm -- Palm NY is no longer good. Morton's is a better bet.

            2. princeofpork Jul 20, 2007 06:32 AM

              Most lobster lovers all go for the food at Centro Vasco on 23rd street. Personally I just dont love lobster.

              2 Replies
              1. re: princeofpork
                eatfood Jul 20, 2007 12:13 PM

                Is this really true? If so, I'm very intrigued!

                1. re: eatfood
                  scooter Jul 21, 2007 04:37 AM

                  It was apparently once quite popular for its lobster. You don't hear much about it lately.

                  The missus and I went 5 or 6 years ago and split a five-pounder. They were nice enough to literally split it up the middle.

              Show Hidden Posts