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Desperately seeking an *authentic* Lobster Roll like I just had in Nantucket

Buttercream Aug 27, 2007 02:48 PM

Can anyone recommend a place in NYC that has a DELICIOUS authentic lobster roll?

The last one I had in NYC was so full of mayo that I could barely find the lobster.

Thanks. :-)

  1. LeahBaila Aug 27, 2007 04:06 PM

    Please describe the lobster roll you had in Nantucket...

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    1. re: LeahBaila
      Buttercream Aug 27, 2007 04:51 PM

      Lots of fresh tasty lobster, very little mayo, perfect toasted bun.

      1. re: Buttercream
        LeahBaila Aug 27, 2007 04:59 PM

        The Black Pearl

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      randymac88 Aug 27, 2007 04:53 PM

      I got back from Nantucket last night, and I'm not sure where you ate your first one out there, but Ed's Lobster Bar or Pearl Oyster Bar's lobster roll will rival anywhere in the nation. Personally, I am partial to Ed's but its debated all over Chowhound.

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      1. re: randymac88
        steveb Aug 27, 2007 05:07 PM

        Where is Ed's? We are staying in the Village and are total Village idiots AKA tourists.

        1. re: steveb
          sam1 Aug 28, 2007 09:28 AM

          lafayette between spring and broome.

          hands down, ed's beats pearl's and mary's...any goddamn day of the week.

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        acenyc Aug 27, 2007 07:58 PM

        Definitely Pearl Oyster Bar- For the perfect balance to the roll start with the fried oysters, and then finish with the praline sundae- perfect!

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          sim0ne Aug 28, 2007 08:10 AM

          Pearl Oyster Bar on Cornelia Street. The original and the best.

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            Blumie Aug 28, 2007 08:16 AM

            First of all, the word "authentic" is not all that helpful, as there are many different styles of lobster roll, even throughout New England. The classic New England lobster roll (although I'm not sure "classic" is any better of a word than "authentic") is lobster salad stuffed into a buttered and grilled New England-style hot dog roll (a roll that is split on the top, not the side). But how that lobster salad is prepared is where most of the variation comes from. Sometimes it is just chunks of lobster meat with very little mayo or aioli binding it together, whereas sometimes it truly is more of what we would consider a lobster salad, as is the case of the lobster roll at Pearl.

            So all of that said, while I too love the lobster roll at Pearl, it sounds to me like it is not what the OP is looking for. It's been a while since I've had it, but I think the lobster roll at Black Pearl may be more consistent with what the OP is describing.

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              Abe Froman Aug 28, 2007 08:34 AM

              Try Pearl, it's a great lobster roll... but do not expect a carbon copy of your NE roll anywhere in the city. like most regional dishes, the overall experience does not always translate well.

              ... for instance, i know nothing down here will ever scatch my itch like Jay's Oyster Bar in Portland Maine.

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                yebo Aug 28, 2007 09:14 AM

                I don't see how a lobster roll here could be "just like" on in Nantucket... where the lobster might have been caught and cooked much quicker. I think it makes more sense to look for a "delicious" lobster roll and see what Manhattan chefs make with our limitations.

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                1. re: yebo
                  Blumie Aug 28, 2007 10:00 AM

                  I don't agree with that. Nowadays, a lobster can get from water to plate just as quickly in NYC as in Nantucket (or close enough so as not to make any difference).

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