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Lobster Pot Pie at Pearl Oyster Bar -- Yowzers!

I've always wondered why I bother clicking on "Like" on Facebook for commercial entities. Now I know why. Pearl Oyster Bar posted a photo of lobster pot pie and it's the first time I've ever been moved to visit a restaurant to order a specific dish because of a photo.

Evidently, this is the first of what is going to be a series of "Greatest Hits" of POB that are going to be featured for two weeks each. It's simply the best pot pie of any kind I've ever eaten: not too creamy, with a touch of sherry, crisp vegetables (including snap peas), luscious pieces of lobster and a sturdy upper crust. It cost $25 for a big portion (although not nearly as much lobster as in the lobster roll). Only a limited number are available (and only at dinner). We got there right when they opened at 6, and the waiter started laughing when we reserved two before we were properly seated -- I guess they are going fast. The lobster pot pie is going to be available all this week and next, and then oyster pan roast is slated to be next.

There are always new restaurants, always hot restaurants, but I'm thankful for POB, a place that offers a small selection of dishes, but executes them so well. I don't remember ever seeing lobster pot pie offered at POB, so not sure how old this greatest hit is, but this is one oldie that is definitely a goodie.

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  1. Wow, i love lobster pot pie. I've never seen it at Pearl before.
    I've had it at Ed's. I can't wait to check it out at POB. Thanks for letting us know they have it and how good it was.

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    1. re: foodwhisperer

      Somebody at the restaurant said the recipe for it was in Rebecca Charles's cookbook, but I can't verify that. I've been going to POB for a LONG time and never seen it offered before. I've never had lobster pot pie anywhere before, but it makes a lot of sense -- having a fish base makes it less cloying than poultry pies.

      I posted a comment under the photo that inspired the visit, and the post before it was from the restaurant, indicating that they've upped the number of pot pies from 10 to 15 per night.

      1. re: Dave Feldman

        Thanks, I'll check it out. Try the one at Ed's to compare. They limit the number of pies per night also.

        1. re: foodwhisperer

          It's been a while, but I had a nice Open Lobster Pot Pie @ the Redeye Grill....

          You can see it in the introduction on their home page..


    2. I don't understand why restaurants do this; that is, feature dishes for a short time with only a limited number available.

      It would irritate me.

      1. I have got to try that!!!
        I recently had Lobster Pot Pie at Greay Lady and it was excellent.
        I do like the Pearl lobster roll.

        1. Thanks for the heads-up! I'm a pot pie fiend and have been wanting to do a pot pie feature on my blog. Thinking this would be an amazing one to start with.

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          1. re: plumpdumpling

            How about a lobster pot pie tour?? Lobster rolls for an appetizer.

            1. re: Motosport

              Great idea. MenuPages seems to think there are at least 11 lobster pot pies being served in the city. And they will be mine.

          2. More than 15 year ago now, my father and I went in search of the Lobster Pot Pie at Pearl's Oyster Bar. He had " read about it in the paper" and knew we just had to try it. Off we went together on one of our food hunts! I confess, not being so familiar with that area of the city, and having driven in from the 'burbs, it took us a bit of time to get ourselves to Pearl's. It wasn't late, mind you- it had just been a real " pain in the tuchus" as my father commented when we finally walked in.
            We were seated promptly and ordered those Lobster Pot Pies ASAP...only to be told that there were no more. Sold out. It was 7:30. My father beside himself! All that shlepping and no pot pie. We did order other good food, but it lost its luster a bit since it wasn't our main attraction.
            I've still never had one of these elusive Lobster Pot Pies, but I enjoyed thinking about the time we tried.

            1. Actually Rebecca started making the lobster pot pie in 1997 (a version of which you do see other chefs who once worked for her making around town) and brings it back a few times a year.

              As the co-author of her cookbook, "Lobster Rolls & Blueberry Pie: Three Generations of Stories and Recipes from Summers on the Coast of Maine," HarperCollins 2003, I can confirm that you will find the recipe there!
              Thanks again, Dave!

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              1. re: DebDiClementi

                I read and enjoyed the cookbook very much, and fear I loaned it out. I couldn't find it when I looked for it last night.

                The mushrooms in the pot pie were a huge plus, too, which I didn't mention before.

                I guess I eat lunch much more often than dinner, mostly because I love the pan-fried fish sandwiches so much, and they aren't available at dinner.

                1. re: Dave Feldman

                  I'm with YOU, Dave! The pan-fried fish sandwich is my FAVORITE. (Mario B's, too!) Thanks again for this nice post and I can email you the recipe if you need it! :)

                  1. re: DebDiClementi

                    I'm happy to hear that you, too, have excellent taste! But I must say if the plan is to bring back greatest hits, how about grouper for the pan-fried sandwich. I miss it terribly.

                  2. re: Dave Feldman

                    FYI, Rebecca says she de-glazed the mushrooms IN the sherry for a while, that's why they're so yummy!

                2. >> The lobster pot pie is going to be available all this week and next, and then oyster pan roast is slated to be next.

                  I called today and the gentleman who picked up said that they're not sure if they're making them past today. So if you're planning on going next week for this, I would definitely call up beforehand.

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                  1. re: deepfry7

                    As it happens, I can confirm that they did not make them today but are planning to make them tomorrow.

                    I can also confirm that there was still plenty of amazing seafood to be had so we were only momentarily disappointed.

                    1. re: nokitchen

                      Now THAT is unlucky. But glad you had a great meal -- not difficult to get at Pearl.

                      1. re: Dave Feldman

                        I went last night, and they weren't making the pot pie! So sad I didn't call ahead and happened to go on the one night they were taking off. Luckily, the lobster roll was killer.

                  2. The wife and I ate at Pearl's tonight and we both ordered the lobster pot pie. We were first in line by 5:45pm and when the doors opened there were 10 people waiting. We sat at the bar and split some fried oysters, which were out of this world. We both had the LPP and were not disappointed. Service was great, food was exceptional and though we made the trek solely to try the LPP, we definitely will be back to try some of their other dishes. Highly recommend all to try it before it is gone, which is soon.

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                    1. re: Fallon

                      That was my exact meal as well last week and thoroughly enjoyed both dishes. I hope the chef decides to bring it back on a regular basis.

                      1. re: deepfry7

                        Our server, who was the bartender, told us it was the slow season for them so they had the time to prep the LPP. In the summer they are so busy the can't justify the time required to make it. He used to work at Union Square Cafe when LPP was the Monday special and he said bc they only served it on that day, Monday's were always super busy. So it would appear that the LPP won't be a regular staple on their specials board which is a real shame.

                    2. The bad news: the lobster pot pie is gone.
                      The great news: lobster stew is here!

                      It's got the same luscious mix of cream and sherry and lobster and beautifully crisp vegetables. Do I miss the crust of the pie? A little, sure. But it may be my imagination, but it looked to me like there was more lobster in the stew. I think they had it all this week and will feature it all next week.

                      I saw Rebecca Charles and asked what forthcoming "greatest hits" might be, and she plans for Oysters Rockefeller to be next on the list.

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                      1. re: Dave Feldman

                        Yes, lobster stew replaced lobster pie at Pearl. I went there for the Lobster pie, they said they had the stew and it's the same as what's inside the pie. I was really looking forward to it. I was very disappointed as it was very thin, not creamy, overwhelmed by sherry, kind of thin, and the potatoes were close to raw. I will try again, perhaps something was rushed. It was for an early lunch.

                        1. re: foodwhisperer

                          Hmm, I thought the specials were only being offered at dinner. It doesn't sound like we tasted the same thing. The stew I had was not as thick as, say, New England clam chowder, But certainly had a creamy mouth feel, and it had a strong sherry taste, but I don't think it was exactly the same as the filling as the pot pie, but it is certainly similar. The vegetables when I ate it were perfectly cooked. Sorry it was disappointing.

                          1. re: Dave Feldman

                            I will try again. Perhaps the stew I had for lunch was meant for dinner and they rushed it , to do me a favor. I'll check it out again, it would seem if it cooked longer it would have been a better dish.

                            1. re: foodwhisperer

                              Now I'm curious. Let me see if I can find out whether the stew and pot pie "filling" is identical.

                              1. re: Dave Feldman

                                Hi it has similarities but is decidedly different. Although, you could make the stew into a pot pie by thickening it via reducing the cream!

                        2. re: Dave Feldman

                          Can't wait to go to Pearl Oyster Bar when in NYC..friends rave about the place.
                          Lobster Pot Pie, Lobster Stew and Oysters Rock..trifecta!

                          1. re: Beach Chick

                            No more lobster pot pie, per the posts above. It was a short term special.

                            Don't miss the lobster roll, the bouillabaisse, or the fried oysters. The clam chowder is good as well.

                            1. re: kathryn

                              Considering how small the menu is, it's amazing how many gems there are. My very favorite dish at Pearl is the pan fried fish sandwich at lunch. These days, it is usually skate and sometimes cod. I still dearly miss when grouper was offered. It's served on a Sullivan Street Bakery ciabatta and a generous amount of the homemade tartar sauce. Have you tried it? I just can't go back to the lobster roll.

                              The scallops at dinner are another favorite. A simple brown butter preparation. Heaven.

                              And the Caesar salad might be my favorite in NY, although not for the garlic-averse.

                              1. re: Dave Feldman

                                We usually end up at Pearl for dinner, weekday lunch is tough. I wish they did weekend lunch.

                                1. re: kathryn

                                  I feel you! At lunch in warm weather, you also have a better shot at homemade fruit pies, which sometimes get 86'd at dinner before you have a shot at them.

                              2. re: kathryn

                                You have exquisite taste and enjoy your posts, so please report what you had...so so jealous.

                              3. re: Beach Chick

                                Hi B.C.,

                                Actually, all three of those are specials that might not be around when you are in NY. But there will be something cool to eat, for sure.

                                1. re: Dave Feldman

                                  Hey Dave..
                                  Your rec's are spot on and can't wait to dine at POB.
                                  Specials that are simple classics.
                                  I wish them only the best.

                            2. No, not about the lobster pot pie, which truly sounds delicious, just a post about Pearl Oyster Bar, since my wife and I went there last night. Fried oysters with remoulade sauce were delicious. So was to the entree we ordered for a whole fish--the body cavity was stuffed with tarragon, which infused the entire fish--flaky, moist, well cooked and well seasoned.

                              As a guy from Boston, I was quite underwhelmed by the lobster roll--one of their signature dishes. Bland, with way too much mayonnaise. I pulled some of the tarragon over from the body of the fish to make the lobster roll more appealing. But I have to say that we get many more delicious lobster rolls in Boston, or on the Cape. And in that setting, "less is more"--beautiful fresh lobster meat--just a little mayonnaise, and a grilled roll--nothing could be better. Or, a little more mayo but also then herbs. Of course I eat these in Massachusetts in the middle of the summer, looking over the water; perhaps not a fair comparison.

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                              1. re: davidsop

                                There are better lobster rolls in NYC than Pearl and Mary;s. Both have way too much mayo I agree, actually very liquidy mayo. Ed's is better, Jordan's in Brooklyn is better.
                                That being said, The best i've had was in Martha's Vinyard

                              2. Anybody know if the lobster pot pie came back this winter or planning to come back?

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                                1. re: deepfry7

                                  It was served on a random day in early December and also on Valentine's Day. They posted the alerts to Facebook beforehand.

                                  1. re: kathryn

                                    Just checked out their FB and you're spot on. Thanks, as usual, kathryn.