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May 2, 2009 11:43 AM

NEW: Red Hook Lobster Pound

I checked this place out today, and it's very cool! It's a storefront on Van Brunt Street (Red Hook, Brooklyn) that sells fresh, live Maine lobsters. The lobsters live in 2 huge vats with circulating water. They have lots of room to skitter around, so you can see that they are fresh and lively. They definitely seem like a better specimens than their buddies at Fairway.

The lobster is very fairly priced -- today, it's $9.50/lb. They don't have it yet, but the owner says they will soon have a steamer to cook lobsters on site if you want.

Red Hook Lobster Pound is open every Friday through Sunday, but might close earlier if they sell out.

Red Hook Lobster Pound
284 Van Brunt St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

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  1. Lobster is not my thing, but I noticed the Blue Moon fish people at the Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket had a sign
    (they're in Bklyn Saturdays, and at Union Sq Weds and Friday)

    By any chance does the Red Hook place branch out to blue crab?

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    1. re: pitu

      Pretty expensive for this time of year, unless they were huge. The Asian markets in Elmurst were selling them for $6.99/lb, $7.99/lb for larger 2 lb size..although I bought the small 1 1/8 lb lobsters that were $5.49/lb at NY Market...were so full of meat my wife and I couldn't finish them...made a great salad the next day. They were Canadian, by the way, not Maine. It doesn't make as much of a difference now, but later in the summer when the water warms up, the Maine lobsters lose their flavor, while the Canadian ones, from cooler waters, stay sweet.

      1. re: EricMM

        EricMM...I disagree on the Maine v. Canadian comparison. Maine lobsters tend to be wild, the product of a family based sustainable fishing industry. Canadian lobsters are farmed (or pounded), in coves, crawling on top of each other for months on end. I personally would prefer a lively Maine hardshell to a farmed Canadian one that has been crawling around in fetid tanks. When it comes to fish, it is not always about the price.

        1. re: maineac

          Canadian lobsters are harvested in the same way as Maine lobsters....they are pounded in the winter, and I agree that pounded lobsters are not as good...but Maine lobsters are also pounded in the winter. Since its colder, they may start pounding sooner. However, my preference for Canadian is based on my tastebuds...Canadian lobsters simply taste sweeter to me. Early in the season, April through May, all lobsters taste great..even the few remaining NY lobsters. But by July, the NY lobsters have lost their flavor. By August, the Maine are losing sweetness, and by September I don't like them at all. Canadians remain sweet all through August and well into September. As you say about the pounds, how lobsters are kept in store tanks greatly affects flavor...many stores skimp on their salt, keeping the salinity too low...those lobsters taste bland, even muddy...even at the peak of the season, even the Canadian ones...Centre St. Seafood comes to mind. By the way, these lobsters were the smallest in the store, which is why they were cheaper. Canadian lobsters cost more than Maine lobsters as a Elmhurst, Canadians sell for $1 more per lb than Maine lobsters of the same Hong Kong market, Canadians were $7.99/lb, Maines $6.99...

          1. re: EricMM

            Maine lobsters are always the sweetest by far, imo. I have never seen Maine lobsters selling for less than Canadian. I might take a ride to Elmhurst, if I do not get to Red Hook on the weekend. Wait, I am going to Maine in a few weeks!!! I cannot wait to try Red Hook Lobster Pound and hope they set up an area for steaming lobsters and eating them there. I will get there as often as I can.

    2. Heads-up-------I was planing on picking up some lobsters at opening time (noon) today (Sat.) and just happened to check their website and learned that they sold out their weekend stash on Friday. So you should take their advice and pre-order or at least keep an eye on their web bulletins. Good for them for their success.

      1. Lobsters are $6.99/pound this week at Fairway in Red Hook.

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        1. re: bobjbkln

          I went to Fairway this sunday (no intention of buying lobsters) and noticed that the tanks were empty. They had just several lobsters sitting out on the ice (could that be good for them?) and the tanks looked particularly scummy. I immediately thought about this thread and wondered whether the lobster pound might be having an impact on Fairway......

          1. re: BillyBob

            I'd be more inclined to assume that you just saw the beginning of scheduled maintenance. Any tank needs to get thoroughly emptied and cleaned from time to time.

        2. Blue Moon Fish at the Grand Army Plaza Farmer's Market had lobsters this Saturday. I used one as the main ingredient in a bouillabaisse and it was very tasty. I don't know where it was from, but I would assume that they were from Maine. If I remember correctly, the price was somewhere between $8-9 a pound. They had mostly 1 1/4 - 1 1/2 pound lobsters. I'll definitely keep this place in mind, assuming I can remember to plan ahead. It sounds like they're very busy.

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          1. re: solidgold

            I believe Blue Moon gets all their fish from the Montauk area. Or, from boats that catch strictly in the Montauk/LI area. I don't know if this includes the LI Sound.

            1. re: solidgold

              Lobsters were $6.95 lb this past Saturday at Blue Moon at GAP

            2. I just visited the Lobster Pound - while more expensive than Fairway and the Asian Markets, I really found the lobster to be of a much higher quality - sweeter, by far.