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Mar 24, 2011 07:21 AM


I hope you chowhounders can help me. I'm looking for a restaurant that serves 3 to 5 lb. lobsters for dinner. It's my brother's birthday and lobster happens to be his favorite. I know the steak houses (Sparks, Morton's and The Palm) serve big lobsters but we've been there for lobster before. Any other suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Westchester or New Jersey would be okay also.

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  1. Try oceana.

    120 W 49th St, New York, NY 10020

    1. Yep Oceana for sure. Had the 3 lb lobster and it was amazing.

      120 W 49th St, New York, NY 10020

      1. A 3lb-er at Oceana would be $81. And mind you, a 3 lb lobster only issues about 12 oz of meat, at best. And then they have the cojones to charge you $4 extra for sauce, because they couldn't just throw that in on the house at that point. Add the tax & tip and you've spent three figures on one person's entree. And you haven't got apps or dessert, yet. Most steakhouses are going to be in that same price range.

        So, personally, I couldn't see going that route. I go to a high-end restaurant for the chef's creativity and skill. If they're just steaming or broiling a (dramatically overpriced) beast and handing it to you with drawn butter... well, I could do that at home.

        On the other hand, you could go to Oriental Garden and get the double lobster - usually two 1.5-lb-ers - for $30 give or take. Same amount of meat in the end - it's a myth that larger lobsters issue a larger percentage of meat by weight. And most chefs consider the 1.5 - 2.5 range the best quality - after that many feel they start going downhill. OG is well-regarded as having the best, freshest seafood in the neighborhood, and a number of big-name chefs (David Bouley & David Chang come to mind) are among their regulars for whatever that's worth. One assumes they know a quality lobster when they bite into it. I'm sure they can do larger lobsters as well - a 3 lb-er instead of the two 1.5-ers - on request, though you might want to check in advance.

        If you wanna go BIG, though, Ping's does (did?) a special feast with a 10-lb monster as the main course.

        Oriental Garden
        14 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10013

        22 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

        120 W 49th St, New York, NY 10020

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        1. re: sgordon

          I agree it is a bit pricy but I split that and the soft shell crabs with my father last summer and it was incredible. Oceana has some really good food and I love the decor.

          120 W 49th St, New York, NY 10020

          1. re: steakrules85

            I agree with steak, Oceana is IMO the best seafood restaurant in Manhattan. It doesn't appear that price is a major consideration based on the places you have been to. I assume you will be ordering a number of other dishes aside from the lobster, and everything from appetizers to side dishes to dessert is just superb. They have a great wine list too, including some really nice selections at the lower end of the price scale, and the sommelier is very helpful.

        2. The lobsters at Centro Vasco are always done to perfection and they have a variety of sizes.

          Francisco's Centro Vasco
          159 W 23rd St, New York, NY 10011

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          1. re: j. marie

            I will second Centro Vasco, I had a 3 pounder there about a year ago and it was fantastic, broiled with bread crumbs it's one of my favorite meals in the city.

          2. With regard to small VS large lobster:
            We are out East on the North Fork of LI in the Summer and get fresh lobster often. I.M.H.O. the smaller lobsters taste so much better. The local fish markets usually have a special price for the "culls" (one claw lobsters). Most of them are 1-1.5 pounds.
            The larger lobsters look great but most of the weight is in the shell. You get less meat per pound. The twin lobster special at Oriental Garden is a bargain.