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Feb 11, 2012 01:59 PM

Lobster dinner near east Central Park?

A girl I'm dating and I have this inside joke that we should get a lobster dinner, so I've decided to do just that for Valentine's Day. She has class until 6:50 PM at Hunter university, so for convenience, I'd prefer to go to a restaurant not too far off from that location.

Do you guys have any recommendations for a restaurant that is a step above the ordinary (and preferably romantic) but not too fancy (or expensive) to overpower a not-yet-serious relationship?

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  1. Atlantic Grill is pretty close, but the lobster on their Valentine's Day menu is $46/pp (there's filet mignon & sides involved as well). That would overpower me, but I'm weak. It's a nice place, not especially romantic, but attractive. Fishtail is also in the neighborhood, and their V-Day menu is an $85/pp prix fixe - one of the choices is roasted lobster. I personally find Fishtail more romantic than Atlantic Grill, and I like the food better there as well. Note that you'd be eating at prime time on one of the biggest dining-out days of the year, so both places may be fully booked by now.

    Atlantic Grill
    1341 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10021

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    1. re: small h

      My own mistake, but I notice both restaurants are already booked for Valentine's Day, and I would assume getting a table without reservations would be unlikely. Any other recommendations?

      1. re: isealbz

        This is far outside your parameters, but my spousal equivalent and I sometimes head down to Chinatown on Valentine's Day and have lobster at one of the nicer places (we like Oriental Garden quite a bit). It's inexpensive, and it sure as hell isn't overpowering. But it's not romantic in the traditional sense.

        You'd also do well to cruise Open Table and see if any restaurant that has an available table is acceptable to you.

        Oriental Garden
        14 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10013

    2. My favorite go to place for lobster is the lobster dish on the menu at Nougatine. Extremely generous serving and no mess with shells!

      1 Central Park West, New York, NY 10023

      1. City Crab has a lobster's not a super romantic place but the food is good and it's right near union square which is an easy location to get to from Hunter. If you sit upstairs it's a nice date environment.

        City Crab and Seafood Co.
        235 Park Ave South, New York, NY 10003

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        1. re: Linsybee1

          If you stick to steamed lobsters and raw bar, you can have a decent (if overpriced) meal at City Crab, but I think they do a terrible job with everything else. Case in point: I once ordered the lobster bake (which looks like a relative bargain at $28), and it arrived having obviously been prepared much earlier and reheated. The lobster was tough, the potatoes soggy, etc. Bleah. But you're right that it's a nice enough looking place, and easy to get to from Hunter.

          City Crab and Seafood Co.
          235 Park Ave South, New York, NY 10003

        2. I have never had a bad experience at City Crab, but another possible place is's near Grand Central and they have a prix fixe dinner tuesday-sunday that is reasonable and includes a lobster option:

          633 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10017