HOME > Chowhound > Greater Boston Area >
Are you making a specialty food? Get great advice

Yankee Lobster vs. James Hook's

IHeartAsparagus Sep 28, 2007 09:38 AM

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?)

  1. g
    Guinness02122 Sep 28, 2007 04:17 PM

    This is a good war in my opinion. Right now, I like Yankee. I like their cooked food also.

    2 Replies
    1. re: Guinness02122
      IHeartAsparagus Sep 28, 2007 05:37 PM

      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.

      1. re: IHeartAsparagus
        9lives Sep 29, 2007 10:57 AM

        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.


    2. 9
      9lives Sep 28, 2007 02:36 PM

      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.

      1. trufflehound Sep 28, 2007 02:25 PM

        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.

        1. c
          catsmeow Sep 28, 2007 01:53 PM

          Where is New Deal?

          2 Replies
          1. re: catsmeow
            Gio Sep 28, 2007 02:14 PM

            622 Cambridge St., Cambridge, MA, 617-876-8227
            Hours: Mon 3pm-7pm, Tue-Fri 10am-7pm, Sat 9:30-6:30, Closed Sunday

            1. re: catsmeow
              Rubee Sep 28, 2007 02:15 PM

              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

              Yankee Lobster
              300 Northern Ave, Boston, MA

            2. ChefJune Sep 28, 2007 09:59 AM

              I also always went to James Hook. I don't know Yankee Lobster. They must be new(er).

              1. p
                pslopian Sep 28, 2007 09:54 AM

                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.

                Show Hidden Posts