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Mar 19, 2010 06:30 AM

Seeking a Lobster Roll In Lower Manhattan

My wife and I are returning to NYC in May for the first time in about 4 & a half years. On our last trip, I had a lobster roll at The Lobster Place in the Chelsea Market and loved it, and I would like to try more on this trip. We will be staying in the heart of The Village and I am looking for recommendations within walking distance (Qualifier: I am willing to walk a LONG way.)

Can you please tell me where you find your favourite and share why it is your favourite? As I said, the one I had at The Lobster Place was delicious, but I dont necessarily need one just like it; if there are differing styles, I'd like to experience them.

Many thanks.

The Lobster Place
252 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

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  1. I'm a fan of Luke's Lobster: 7th b/w 1st and A. They don't use too much mayo and toast the bread perfectly. It's also pretty cheap compared to the Mary's and Pearl's, but it is a bit on the smaller side too. I find myself eating 1 and 1/2 normally.

    Luke's Lobster
    93 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009

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      1. I second Luke's. Mostly a take out place, with a few stools and counteres.

        The three main places to get lobster roll in a more sit down (but still casual) environment are Pearl Oyster Bar, Mary's Fish Camp and Ed's Lobster Bar. If your wallet permits, try them all and see which one you like best. The first two are in the Village and Ed's is in Soho.

        Pearl Oyster Bar
        18 Cornelia St, New York, NY 10014

        Ed's Lobster Bar
        222 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012

        Mary's Fish Camp
        64 Charles St, New York, NY 10014

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          1. re: thew

            I love both Pearl's and Mary's, with a slight preference for Pearl's. I find the Lobster Place to be ok, but not nearly as good as either. All are pretty heavy on the mayonnaise.

            I haven't been to Luke's yet, but I've heard (and it was mentioned on this thread) they're great if you're looking for less mayo.

            The Lobster Place
            252 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

          2. re: boccalupo

            I know that the price changes since it's based on the market value of the lobster, but how much is the average lobster roll at Pearl's? Or any of the places listed I guess! Just so I have an idea.

            1. re: Jess321

              Luke's menu is online:


              I don't think the price varies.

              1. re: Jess321

                i seem to recall either 26 or 28, but that's off the top of my head and i dont swear to it

                1. re: Jess321

                  Checking my Flickr photo, I see we paid $27 (at the end of last June).


              2. Thumbs way up for the lobster roll at Pearl's. They don't take reservations, so the best time to get a table without much of a wait, if any, is late lunch.

                Photos of the lobster roll at Pearl's can be viewed here:

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                1. re: RGR

                  What's all that "stuff" on top of the sandwich, and what role does it play?

                  1. re: ChefJune

                    lettuce and some french fry spill over

                  1. Pearl and Mary's are both great and have been for many years. Consistency is important, particularly when you only have one shot.. Do not go to Ed"s. I was there last week for lunch for the first time in quite a while and the lobster roll was not good. The roll contained tail meat almost exclusively and was very tough and stringy. Fries and pickles were good and the clam chowder was great, but the lobster roll was sub par.