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Best lobster roll in NYC?

eatingbeets Jul 22, 2010 12:08 PM

Like most guys, I've always been a sandwich guy. I've recently been turned on to the lobster roll and now I am determined to find the best one in NYC! Any tips?

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    sam1 RE: eatingbeets Jul 22, 2010 12:53 PM

    i wish i can eat luke's lobster roll in mary's fish camp. luke's has the best roll, ed's has the best fries, mary's is the nicest place to eat in.

    and pearl's should just fall into the hudson river...i cant stand that place.

    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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      Just Visiting RE: sam1 Mar 5, 2011 05:13 PM

      Mary's rated #1 by NY mag so we had to try it. Vibe is great but...the lobster roll? Nice, sweet chunks of lobster DRENCHED in the mayo sauce. Half as much sauce would have been borderline too much. It was tasty but there was too damned much of it. So the waitress asks how everything is, and I told her - too much mayo. She seems taken aback and says "well that's how we always make it." As if that proves that it isn't too much. Alternative theory - you always put too much mayo on it.

      Let the lobster speak for itself. The dressing should enhance, not drown the poor shellfish.

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

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        noire RE: sam1 May 29, 2011 07:41 AM

        I agree. I've been on a lobster kick lately and finally tried Pearl's. Way too much mayo!

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        kathryn RE: eatingbeets Jul 22, 2010 12:56 PM

        Here's some past discussions:

        I think it comes down to light mayo (Luke's) or heavier on the mayo (Pearl) -- a style preference dependent on your palette and where you grew up.

        1. Jess321 RE: eatingbeets Jul 22, 2010 01:18 PM

          My vote goes to Mermaid Oyster Bar on Macdougal in the village. Go on a Monday night, best deal in town: $20 for a lobster roll, old bay fries, a beer, and chocolate pudding! The lobster roll is the best I've had in town and HUGE, served on a buttery brioche bun. SO GOOD!

          Mermaid Oyster Bar
          79 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012

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            foodwhisperer RE: Jess321 Jul 22, 2010 05:22 PM

            i'll definitely try the Mermaid,i didnt know they had lobster rolls,,, I had one at Lure that was decent,,, Marys and pearl i think are overpriced and good but not great. i here Ed's is good but i never tried it. I had some good ones in Maine, in Nova Scotia,, and at the clam bar in Amagansett,,,,oh yeah on Watt St MoonCake has good lobster roll , very reasonable but not the mayo kind, no mayo more garlic butter and warm.

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              uwsister RE: Jess321 Jul 22, 2010 06:43 PM

              That's a pretty good deal. Just got a 30% passcode on BBE too. Guess I'll have to try the place soon!

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              nooyawka RE: eatingbeets Jul 22, 2010 05:58 PM

              Found this link on Gothamist today...

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                JoJoBlackhawk RE: eatingbeets Jul 23, 2010 12:33 PM

                Luke's Lobster, hands down, for both taste and price.

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

                1. Miss Needle RE: eatingbeets Jul 24, 2010 07:27 AM

                  If you're looking for something nontraditional, Xie Xie has a delicious Asian-inspired lobster roll.

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                    nmprisons RE: eatingbeets May 29, 2011 07:52 AM

                    New York has no good lobster rolls. Seriously. Focus on something this city does well.

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                      Blumie RE: nmprisons May 29, 2011 05:28 PM

                      New York has plenty of good lobster rolls. NY has no shortage of bad ones, too, but it also has good ones.

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                        thew RE: nmprisons May 29, 2011 07:41 PM

                        that's silly. i understand if one is briefly visiting a place, to sticking to local food - ie not going for pizza in paris of french in bangkok, but if one lives someplace, or spends a great deal of time there, that sort of limitation isn't feasible. I know that , e.g., here our mexican food has always been seen as less than the best (whether that stereotype is true or not at this moment in time is another discussion) but that does not mean in my 50 years of living here i should never have gone out for mexican food.

                        and seriously. besides. there are some good lobster rolls here

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                        maryanne06 RE: eatingbeets May 29, 2011 08:05 AM

                        I like Luke's!

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                          uwsister RE: maryanne06 May 29, 2011 02:20 PM

                          I finally tried Luke's at their UWS location, and I thought it was very good, especially for the price.

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                          polimorfos RE: comiendosiempre May 29, 2011 10:19 AM

                          fwiw, I had a lobster roll from the Chelsea Mkt. Lobster Place earlier in the year and it was borderline inedible. Tough and old tasting meat...

                          The Lobster Place
                          75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011

                          1. thew RE: eatingbeets May 29, 2011 10:45 AM

                            I've had them at mermaid's luke's, and pearl, never at mary's.

                            of those three i prefer pearl

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                              windycity RE: eatingbeets May 29, 2011 03:58 PM

                              Lukes and then Red Hook Lobster Pound.

                              Red Hook Lobster Pound Truck
                              New York, New York, NY 10001

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                                RawTunaFan RE: windycity May 30, 2011 07:52 AM

                                1. Luke's
                                2. Mermaid
                                3. BLT Fish

                                My top 3

                                BLT Fish
                                21 West 17th Street, New York, NY 10011

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