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Apr 28, 2014 04:53 PM

Yummy Lobster Rolls in NYC

I'm just wondering what some of the yummier lobster rolls in NYC are.

So far, I've had Luke's, which I do like, as well as Red Hook Lobster Pound, which I thought was even better than Luke's. However, at Red Hook, I liked the Connecticut style roll more than the Maine roll, tho both were good.

I also had the one served at the Brooklyn Diner on 57th, but was not impressed with that one at all. The lobster seemed as if it had been sitting around or frozen... kind of like when you go for sashimi and you can taste that it had been recently defrosted.

Outside of NYC, I've had the lobster roll served Connecticut style at Neptune Oyster in Boston, which I didn't like at all. The lobster didn't taste fresh out of the sea and it was really, terribly over-saturated with butter. Up in Cambridge, I had the lobster sandwich served at Alive & Kicking Lobsters, which was really good. It did have some mayo and spices mixed in, but the amount was minimal.

In general, I'm not looking for rolls that are loaded up with mayo and very little lobster. I've done some looking around online, but curious about what others on here like. Any input on places like Pearl's, Cull & Pistol, The Standard Grill, Ed's Lobster Bar, Mermaid Inn, etc?

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    1. re: dyrewolf

      I've heard good things about Ed's. Thanks!

      1. re: pbjluver

        Seen those links already, thanks tho :) The Yelp link reminded me that I've had Lobster Joint's roll too.

      2. Extremely questionable judgement ordering a lobster roll at Brooklyn Diner

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        1. re: AubWah

          Their other food had been yummy up until that point

        2. If you want to try a CT style lobster roll, have it in CT. Since it looks like you go up to Boston and are driving, stop here for a lunch break.

          Its not in NYC but its worth a stop if you are in the area.

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          1. re: Bkeats

            You're very observant that I go up to Boston and drive when I do go :) I went to grad school there and like to go back a few times a year.

            Anyways, we may be going back in a few weeks. The usual stop in CT is in New Haven for pizza, but maybe we'll branch out this time.

          2. I have a lobster roll about once a year (price got something to do with it) so its hard to judge. You may have tasted the best already with Luke's and Red Hook. I would try it at Cull & Pistol for the fries alone.

            For the most part I believe they cook the lobster in Maine before shipping it here, so you dont get that freshness you get in Maine.

            Best I've had was probably at Jordan's Pond, Acadia National Park. Or maybe it was the view

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            1. re: Ziggy41

              Wasn't, for many years, the lobster roll at Pearl Oyster Bar (or was it Mary's Fish Camp?) considered the seminal NYC one?

              1. re: mitchleeny

                From what I've read, both are very highly rated. I've yet to look at a photo of the one from Mary's Fish Camp, but the one from Pearl's really looks slathered in mayo. Does the roll hold up tho? The one at Neptune's in Boston was supposed to be epic, and it was in terms of the size, just not the flavor.

                1. re: Ziggy41

                  I've also had that one, Ziggy. It was the view.

                  1. re: foodiemom10583

                    No. The lobster rolls in Maine are better because there is almost nothing in them but lobster meat. And you can't beat the prices.

                    1. re: JC2

                      I've had lobster rolls throughout Maine, JC2. I have a summer house in Penobscot County and spend at least two months out of the year there. I can tell you from personal experience that the rolls by Jordan's Pond in Acadia ain't that good.

                      The best one from last summer was at the Eagle's Nest in Brewer.

                      1. re: foodiemom10583

                        I agree, it was the view not the meal that was spectacular. I get my fix at Ed's on Lafayette. I don't know of a Manhattan one that is better though many are cheaper. I also like the fries and pickles there.

                        1. re: stuartlafonda

                          Went to Ed's today - the Lobster Bar, not the Chowder House. Really, really good. Luke's is yummy, Lobster Pound is better, but Ed's is by far the best I've had yet. The meat is plump, fresh and tender, not chewy at all. The mix of lobster with the seasoning and spices is also perfect. Hardly any mayo either. I guess there's nowhere to go but down, huh? :)

                          Anyways, at $29 it's not cheap at all. I got a beer as well and when the bill came, I forgot that I'd ordered a beer and was momentarily wondering why the lobster roll suddenly cost $38. My momentary lapse of reason was very brief tho.

                          I did ask my server where she would go for a lobster roll if she wasn't eating at Ed's. She said Pearl's or Mary's Fish Camp. I told her from the photos I've seen of the one at Pearl's, it looks like it's slathered in mayo and she replied, "I've heard the same thing." I didn't ask her if she actually tried the roll at either Pearl's or Mary's, but it didn't sound like she had the one at Pearl's. She later recommended Mary's Fish Camp a few more times.

                          1. re: willscarlett

                            Just FYI regarding Ed's Lobster Bar, the worst bucket of steamers I've ever had. Tough and inedibly gritty, even after multiple dunkings. It was like they stored them in a bucket of sand.

                            1. re: willscarlett

                              I've seen the recipe for pearl's lobster roll and it listed one lb lobster with 2tb mayo per roll- doesn't sound like a lot but odds are the cooks aren't using measuring spoons in the kitchen....maybe you can specify light mayo..?

                              1. re: willscarlett

                                The Lobster Roll I had at ED'S, in Ganesvoort Market that opened recently, offered little meat and was rather tasteless. It was $18, along w/potato chips & a small cup of their delicious pickles.

                                When I get a Lobster Roll, in an informal setting (which is my preference), I don't want chips, fries, etc.--just the Lobster Roll. The other stuff is a distraction from the real thing. I'd rather they get sold separately, so as not to distract from the taste of Lobster.

                                1. re: ZaZa

                                  Hmm, ED's in Gansevoort Market? Wasn't aware that place existed... oops. I was referring to Ed's Lobster Bar.

                                  They also serve a yummy lobster roll at the David Burke Kitchen and The Grey Lady

                                  1. re: willscarlett

                                    Yes. Ed's Lobster Bar, in Ganesvoort Market. Thanks for the recs at Grey Lady & David Burke.

                                2. re: willscarlett

                                  Had the lobster roll @ Ed's in the Gansevoort Market last week.. it's virtually all lobster, with no fillings and only a drop of mayo. The roll was perfectly soft. However, the seasoning, spices on top were way too salty, and spoiled it for me. Had I known, I would have asked to leave it off. I don't remember the seasoning being used in the restaurant.

                              2. re: foodiemom10583

                                Foodie Mom: That is a beautiful lobster roll from Eagle's Nest, in Brewer!

                                1. re: ZaZa

                                  Thanks, ZaZa! It was mighty tasty, too. They had some delicious pies as well. We went on a weekday at an off-hour (3 pm) and the place was definitely hopping.

                          2. re: Ziggy41

                            Talking a slight detour to discuss fries, ever had the Thrice Cooked Chips, either at the Ace Hotel or The Breslin? So good...

                            1. re: willscarlett

                              Ha ha. One of the reasons I go to Ed's (a haul from the UWS) is that the fries are as good as the lobster roll. And yes I have had fries at the Ace and the Breslin and they are fantastic...

                              1. re: dyrewolf

                                For what it's worth: the fries at Lobster Joint are amazing. Excellent Lobster Roll too!!

                                1. re: Motosport

                                  I had their Lobster Club Roll once, which I really liked. On another occasion, I had their plain lobster roll, which I was less impressed with. Food is usually good there - must've been an off day.

                              2. re: willscarlett

                                Well, tangentially, the John Dory Oyster Bar in the Ace Hotel has a pretty respectable lobster roll itself. I believe it's a lunch-only deal, check before you go.

                                Cull & Pistol's is good, recently had a very good one at Grey Lady.