Steam it, crack it, butter it, do whatever you want with it – lobster is one of the world’s most luxurious delicacies and it needs to be fresh. Unfortunately, fresh lobster can be hard to come by in the Big Apple. Check out our picks for the Top 5 Best Lobster Spots in NYC.
1 Luke’s Lobster
In 2009 Luke’s Lobster graced NYC’s LES, UES, UWS and Financial Distract, bringing lobster-loving Manhattanites Maine’s freshest catches. Between the perfectly toasted and buttered New England style rolls lays chunks of *chilled* Maine lobster with a swipe of mayo, lemon butter and a dash of the chef’s secret spice mixture. (If you prefer to eliminate that delicious mayo, butter or spices, they will be more than happy to accommodate- so don’t be shy!) At Luke’s they believe that the lobster is what makes an exceptional roll, not the executer. The quality of Luke’s lobster is unmatched and comes straight from the depths of the sea floor to your place. Native Mainers, foodies, bloggers and critics rate Luke’s Lobster number one in NYC. For something on the lighter side, try the schooner combo that comes with one roll, Miss Vickie’s chips, a pick and your choice of shrimp, lobster or crab. If you are in the mood for an all out feast, go with the Noah’s Ark. Try it out you will not be disappointed.
2 Ed’s Lobster Bar Annex
Ed’s Lobster Bar just opened a new location on Clinton Street (the original is on Lafayette St.) In an unpretentious environment, diners are able to sit at the long bars and nosh on small, sharable, lobster tapas like the Mini Lobster Thermidor Pizzas, lobster burger sliders and lobster tacos! Or, treat yourself to a whole steamed or grilled lobster. The presentation is beautiful and the staff is friendly. What makes this spot unique is the backyard that can seat up to 20 people. Open for dinner Tuesday-Sunday and until 2 a.m. on the weekends, dive into this Ed’s for a meal you’ll be more than satisfied.
3 Lobster Joint
Up for a little adventure and want to get out of Manhattan? Look no further than Brooklyn’s Lobster Joint. Simple and delicious is the product of the Lobster Joint’s use of fresh ingredients and no fuss attitude. Stop in for Saturday and Sunday brunch with the option with sitting in the backyard. How pleasant does that sound? Oh, and how can we forget to mention the splendid cocktail list that includes Vodka Lemonade, Dark and Stormies, Sweet tea and Single Malts. Also try some of their draft beers and select wines.
4 Red Hook Lobster Pound
If you want in on the Red Hook Lobster Pound truck you’re going to need to keep up with their website. The website is constantly being updated so we hungry New Yorkers can find the best lobster roll on a cart. In order to ensure the freshest quality for their customers, the Red Hook Lobster Pounders drive up to Maine several times a week to bring home the best. Opened seating for a chill environment with steamed lobster lunches and dinners as well as their lobster and shrimp rolls will keep you coming back for more
5 The Lobster Place
35 years in the lobster business and 2 generations later goes to show that the family owned business The Lobster Place is a true success and it's not hard to see why. This place is located in Manhattan's famous Chelsea Market and has an upscale clientele. They accommodate everything from intimate dinners to large parties and the lobster is always delicious. Lobster isn't the only great thing on this menu though - check out the clams, mussels, corn and potatoes. There's not a dish on the menu that isn't fresh or homemade.