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Zabar's Lobster Salad has no Lobster

huiray Aug 12, 2011 04:55 PM

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/12/nyr...

Well, I don't know about you, but I wouldn't shop at this place any more. Are there any NYC Food Inspectors reading this?

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Zabar's
2245 Broadway, New York, NY 10024

  1. meatme Aug 13, 2011 09:16 AM

    New Yorkers who read labels have always known this--it's there in big print right on the same label that says "Lobster Salad," and it's not easy to miss. I'm pretty sure that once upon a time the first ingredient listed was not crayfish, but langoustine (which is also not lobster as we know it).

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    1. re: meatme
      huiray Aug 13, 2011 09:20 AM

      It still does not mean that it was right for them to call it "Lobster Salad".

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        AChantal Aug 13, 2011 09:26 PM

        I went today to buy "Shrimp salad" from the new Fairway on East 86th. Guess what the fourth ingredient on the label said, right below SHRIMP SALAD; Imitation Crabmeat!. Isn't that a kind of deceit? At least crawdads are in the lobster family. But there is no way surimi is related to shrimp.

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        Fairway Market
        240 E 86th St, New York, NY 10028

        1. re: AChantal
          huiray Aug 14, 2011 04:49 AM

          Was there any shrimp in it anyway? If not, then yes, it would be deceit and they should get complaints about it as well.

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      msny98 Aug 13, 2011 09:08 AM

      News Flash, Water is wet and dogs bark.

      The ingredients list right under the name said crawfish and it was/is tasty

      I have known this for years since I read. I also know that crab sticks aren't crab and don't want to fine or firebomb all the sushi places that put it in my California rolls (which I know are not authentic sushi... but what the heck I like them)

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      1. re: msny98
        huiray Aug 13, 2011 09:15 AM

        Well, good for you!

        I think the greater issue is the name they called it by, and the lack of said ingredient thereof, whether or not one read the actual list of ingredients howsoever large the size of the type it was printed in. Many folks, it seems, do not read said list of ingredients and trusted Zabars to be forthright so "Lobster Salad" was presumed to be Lobster Salad without having to stop and investigate further, especially when the term "lobster" means something specific and generally accepted in the society at large. This is called "implicit trust" awarded by a consumer to a marketer/provisioner, and to violate that is both marketing folly as well as false advertising.

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        City Kid Aug 13, 2011 08:28 AM

        Fraud - they should be fined!

        1. hungryinmanhattan Aug 13, 2011 08:26 AM

          Interesting and disturbing. Why not just call it crayfish salad. I like crayfish. I would never trust them again either. Sad.

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            small h Aug 12, 2011 05:42 PM

            C'mon over here, conversation in progress:

            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/801276

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              Leepa Aug 12, 2011 05:02 PM

              Saw that this morning on one of the network news shows. I think they should rename it Crawdad Salad.

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                huiray Aug 12, 2011 05:17 PM

                I also personally wouldn't trust anything the owners ever said again.

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                  Leepa Aug 12, 2011 05:25 PM

                  *nods*

                  That is pretty shady of them. And more than a bit arrogant.

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