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Late Night Lobster

Essex County Mar 16, 2010 08:31 AM

I'll be part of a group of 8 looking for lobsters after attending the Celtics game with a bunch of out-of-towners on the Friday of Easter weekend. I'm expecting we can make it to a restaurant by 10:30. We can take cabs across town if necessary but I was hoping to find something not too far from the Garden. I see that Legal takes reservations at 10:30 but no later and I'm spooked that they will be rushing us out the door. Is this likely? Any other suggestions?
Thanks.

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    tysonmcneely RE: Essex County Mar 16, 2010 09:03 AM

    Chinatown.

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      TheScribe RE: Essex County Mar 16, 2010 09:12 AM

      Yeah, I have to agree with the suggestion of Chinatown. Not your usual lobster, but still lobster. Maybe try New Jumbo Seafood on Hudson St.

      1. barleywino RE: Essex County Mar 16, 2010 10:05 AM

        Scampo has lobster, dinner is served til 11pm, not too far from the Garden

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          rlh RE: barleywino Mar 16, 2010 10:48 AM

          FYI, Scampo told us last Monday that the kitchen closed at 10p except for "pizzas at the bar".

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            barleywino RE: rlh Mar 16, 2010 11:31 AM

            thanks for clarifying!

        2. Essex County RE: Essex County Mar 16, 2010 10:47 AM

          Thanks for the suggestions. I didn't think about chinatown. But this is a group from WAY out of town...Switzerland. I think they're looking for a more traditional preparation. But I will check with them. Scampo looks good too.

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            phonelady RE: Essex County Mar 16, 2010 11:04 AM

            Skipjack's on Clarendon?

            1. srgoodman RE: Essex County Mar 16, 2010 11:35 AM

              It looks like most of the Legals are open later on Friday nights. Park Square will take reservations until 11:45PM, and the Pru location takes reservations until 11:30 PM. (At least according to opentable.com)

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                Essex County RE: srgoodman Mar 16, 2010 02:54 PM

                That could work. I also saw that Oceanaire takes reservations until 11. (according to opentable!)

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                mikeinboston RE: Essex County Mar 16, 2010 02:13 PM

                Whatever restaurant you choose, I might suggest making the reservation, then calling back a few days before and asking to speak to a manager. Explain your circumstances and also alert them that you have some visiting friends who are most likely interested in lobster. Hopefully with that call, your reservation will get noted that you aren't a "No Show" if you are a few minutes late and someone will let the kitchen manager know to perhaps add 6 more lobsters to Friday's delivery.

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                  9lives RE: mikeinboston Mar 16, 2010 03:40 PM

                  That's a good point. Especially with people coming so far, you don't want to be roaming around at 11PM..looking for a lobster dinner.

                  I'd probably call Legal's on Long Wharf...and reconfirm. They're probably best equipped to handle your group if the game runs late.

                2. nsenada RE: Essex County Mar 16, 2010 04:39 PM

                  Summer Shack and Kingfish Hall are open until 11. Neptune Oyster is open until 12, but I'm not sure when they stop serving, and I believe it's no reservations. Also a tight space.

                  1. Essex County RE: Essex County Apr 8, 2010 10:11 AM

                    Just wanted to provide a belated followup to my original query regarding a quest for lobster at 10:30. As suggested by mikeinboston, I contacted Legal the day before our reservation and explained the situation. The manager assured me that we would not be the last diners if we arrived at 10:30 and there would be no problem getting lobsters. Of course, the Celtics game we were at went to overtime! I called to explain we'd be about 15 minutes late for our reservation. No problem. And it wasn't. The servers did not hurry us and we had a great meal. The food was typical Legal: straightforward and well prepared. My Swiss friends had a great time picking through their lobsters while wearing the plastic bibs!
                    Thanks for the suggestions, hounds.
                    Paul

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