Yankee Lobster vs. James Hook's
Which of these two is the better spot for fresh seafood? I do love New Deal, but it's a bit of a hike for me, and I work close to the Yankee/Hook's area. Specific seafood plans coming up: I'm planning to buy several pounds of mussels next weekend, over thanksgiving I was thinking lobster (forgive me, I'm new to New England--can I get just caught lobster in November?)
I always used to get my lobsters from James Hooks when I lived in Boston (sigh... i miss it) and was never disappointed. I haven't been to Yankee Lobster so I can't compare, but I think you can get exactly what you want in the lobster department from JH.
New Deal is on Cambridge Street in Cambridge (map below)
We go to James Hook more often because it's convenient, but also really like Yankee Lobster. I don't think you can go wrong with either. Hook is take-out only, but has lobster rolls, while Yankee also serves a seafood menu.
New Deal Fish Market
622 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02141
James Hook & Co.
15 Northern Ave, Boston, MA
300 Northern Ave, Boston, MA
I really like Hook for Lobster. I would assume their other shellfish are excellent also. I would stick to New Deal or Courthouse for fin fish. These places cater to the local Port. and Med customers. I can't comment on Yankee, but with that in thier name, the fish may stink.
I go to both Hook's and Yankee. They are comparable for lobster...and for mussels. Hook's is far superior for finfish...though not up to New Deal or Courthouse. I don't like Yankee at all for finfish.
Yankee sell cooked food too and I like their chowder.
One thing I forgot to ask, price-wise, are Hook and Yankee comparable?
I do wish Yankee were next door to Hook; then I wouldn't have to count the extra mile-plus hike against Yankee (Trufflehound, I'm with you on the name. Bad move).
The woman who works at New Deal is absolutely fabulous--best service ever and great advice always. She sold me some baramundi the other weekend and it was phenomenal. If I had a car, I'd be there once a week at least.
Hooks and Yankee were identical in price today..$9.99-10.99 for different size.. There's sometimes a small price difference; but they are usually pretty close.
As to the Hook/Yankee debate, everyone knows where I stand..more convinced today..nice cup of chowder at Yankee though.