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Feb 14, 2009 07:33 AM

Best place to buy live lobsters?

Any tips?

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  1. Chelsea Lobster at Chelsea Market.

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    1. re: JeremyEG

      Does anyone know if the The Lobster Place in Chelsea Market will cook them ahead of time for you?

      I was telling my Uncle from Maine that it is the cooking of lobsters that intimidates me. Apparently in Maine they can call up their local fishmonger and he always cooks the lobsters ahead of time.

      1. re: newfoodie

        Yes, they will steam them while you are there. In my experience though, they always end up a bit overcooked by the time you get them home. Enjoy!

        1. re: JeremyEG

          Thank you! I will have to try and report back soon.

      1. is the place in chinatown still there - maybe on laguaria or broadway?

        1. If you want cheap, then Chinatown is definitely the cheapest. There is a store on Center Street which sell really big (like 3 lbs or more) lobsters all swimming in tank. It's a little bit more expensive than the seafood stalls on Mott St. On Mott St (between Hester and Grand) there are two seafood stalls that sell smaller lobster (about 1 - 2 lbs) for $6ish a pound. They are alive with both claws attached. The stalls on Canal street also sell lobsters for 3 for $21 or something but they usually have single claws and the quality varies.

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          1. re: kobetobiko

            The stalls on Mott have gone up to about $9/lb as of last week. Grand Street was the same. Right now it seems that The Lobster Place might be the best bang for your buck in the city, though I haven't been to the lobster market on Centre.

            1. re: JungMann

              Nay. As of yesterday the price was $7.59 / lb on Mott (I had lobster dinner last night ;D)

              1. re: kobetobiko

                I wonder if they inflated the prices just for St. Valentine's Day. I was worried that with the price increase, my friends and I would have to bid adieu to the weekly dinner we've started calling "The Recession Special."

          2. On the east side of Centre Street between Grand and Hester is the Chinese Lobster Store. They also have live Dungeness Clams, live fish and sometimes live shrimp. The price for Lobster is more after 2lbs. I paid $30 for a 3.1 lb one on Saturday. It was delicious. They have Lobsters up to 6-7 lbs. They also have Live King Crab in season

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