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.
Though I have never been, I've read good things on a few boards and blogs about Mary's Fish Camp in Brooklyn.
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.
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.
Tides on the Lower East Side. Often they put a spin on the traditional lobster dinner (Spanish, Greek, etc.) but it's delicious.