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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?)

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  1. 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.

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

        1. re: catsmeow

          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

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

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                1. re: Guinness02122

                  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

                    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.