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Best lobster roll in NYC?

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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  1. 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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    1. re: sam1

      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

      1. re: sam1

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

      2. 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. 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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          1. re: Jess321

            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.

            1. re: Jess321

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

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

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

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

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

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                    1. re: nmprisons

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

                      1. re: nmprisons

                        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

                        1. re: maryanne06

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

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

                            of those three i prefer pearl

                            1. Lukes and then Red Hook Lobster Pound.

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

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                              1. re: windycity

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

                                My top 3

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