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Getting to the specific 1: Lobster Rolls, Fresh shucked Oysters, and seafood feast

kobetobiko Nov 29, 2012 09:08 PM

HI all,

As I am trying to narrow down my choice, I want to soliciting your kind help and opinions on some specific choice. I am dying to have lobster rolls again as there is no such thing really in Asia. (I guess you can make one but it ain't the same). And I want to have really good fresh shucked oysters or some simple but fresh and well prepared seafood (cooked or raw).

Should I go back to the oldies like Luke's Lobster, Pearl Oyster Bar, Ed's lobster, or Lobster Place? (Grand Central Oyster Bar isn't my favorite, but I do like their oyster pan roast).

Or should I go for the newer ones (well new to me), such as John Dory Oyster Bar, or Eataly (the seafood place inside)? I heard Mable Lane does a pretty good lobster roll as well?

I don't necessarily have to do lobster rolls and oysters and seafood at the same place. They can be at separate places.

I searched on the board about these places and most of the threads are comments on one specific place without comparing with others. Therefore I ask here....

Your feedback will be greatly appreciated! :)


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    small h RE: kobetobiko Nov 30, 2012 07:30 AM

    Upstate has a very good selection of oysters, and I don't think it was open last time you were in town. The staff there is also quite knowledgeable and chatty.


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      kobetobiko RE: small h Nov 30, 2012 12:12 PM

      Hi small h long time no "see"! Indeed Upstate wasn't opened yet when I was in NYC. Thanks for th e tip and the link!

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        ML123 RE: kobetobiko Dec 8, 2012 03:28 PM

        Agree re: Upstate. Love that place. They have 5-7pm happy hour (6 oysters + a craft beer for $12), and it's near Luke's so you could head over there after.

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          small h RE: ML123 Dec 8, 2012 03:37 PM

          It's also not too far from Grey Lady. And if you aren't feeling quite flush enough for Grey Lady (it ain't cheap), the same folks run a counter service place next door called Nor East Clam Shack. You can get a smaller, less expensive lobster roll there. I haven't been, but it's on my go-soon list.

    2. Motosport RE: kobetobiko Nov 30, 2012 07:42 AM

      We recently went to Grey Lady and had excellent lobster rolls and oysters!! Highly recommend!!
      I am a lobster roll fanatic. Their lobster roll is in the top 5. Up there with Red's Eat's in Maine.

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        kobetobiko RE: Motosport Nov 30, 2012 12:08 PM

        Thanks Motosport!!! Never been (and haven't heard) about Grey Lady! What are your top 5 places for Lobster rolls?

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          Motosport RE: kobetobiko Nov 30, 2012 01:56 PM

          Not in order since they are all great and all a bit different!
          Canal Cafe in Hampton Bays LI
          Red's Eats Maine
          The place across the road from Red's for when Red's line is too long!.
          Brunswick Diner Maine
          Redhook Lobster Pound

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            kobetobiko RE: Motosport Dec 1, 2012 06:18 PM

            Hi Motosport,

            Thanks for much! How about in Manhattan? Anywhere you prefer for your lobster rolls other than Grey Lady?

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              Motosport RE: kobetobiko Dec 3, 2012 04:54 AM

              Lukes and Ed's are good but not as good as the others.
              Grand Central Oyster Bar actually makes a very nice lobster roll. Sit at the bar and get some oysters on the half shell.

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                kobetobiko RE: Motosport Dec 8, 2012 11:26 AM

                Hi Motosport,

                Thanks for your suggestion! so for lobster rolls and oysters I suppose I should try Grey Lady! Is it a place that I should reserve a table and will walk in be possible at all? I love oyster pan roast and NE clam chowder. I like the oyster pan roast at Grand Central Oyster Bar but I heard that John Dory's Oyster Bar has a more contemporary version too. Have you tried? Look forward to your suggestions.

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        kathryn RE: kobetobiko Dec 9, 2012 05:29 PM

        Go to Momofuku Ssam too! The oysters with kombu mignonette are awesome. The other current raw bar dishes are great as well. And they recently added a lobster roll to their dinner menu.

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