There’s an endless array of delicacies to be had in Manhattan, a city where most of the freshman restaurants won’t get to move on to see its sophomore year. Turnover rate for the food industry is extremely high — at nearly 80%. With this kind of fierce competition, your restaurant can’t just be good, it’s gotta be freaking amazing.
During a recent trip to New York City, we have decided to check out 3 of the most popular lobster roll joints in Manhattan.
Our first stop was Luke’s Lobster. With three locations in Manhattan, we chose the Upper West Side one for our first tasting. Luke’s on Upper West Side is located at 426 Amsterdam Ave (between West 80th and 81st).
For a former Manhattanite who has tasted many lobster rolls in the past, I can say that this is a decent place to get your lobster fix in a bun. And for an extra $5, you can also indulge yourself in the Taste of Maine (a sampling plate with half of a lobster, crab and shrimp rolls).
Neither of them is going to fill you up if you are a big eater. You will most likely order at least 2 portions if you eat like a real man.
Although most of the lobster rolls you find in New York City would only cost you a fraction of $15 to $17, unless you’re a girl, it simply won’t be enough.
You will probably end up spending at least $40 or $50 per person, with drinks, appetizers, etc.
When we visited the Lobster Joint on 201 East Houston, just east of First Avenue, it felt quite similar to the experience we had at Luke’s.
This sports bar-looking lobster joint was charming, and both of their Maine and Connecticut style lobster rolls were fairly good. Their homemade potato chips was what I enjoyed munching on during our visit.
But our favorite place in Manhattan for a lobster roll is the Red Hook Lobster Pound on 16 Extra Place. It’s not easy to find this place, since it’s a little tucked away between 2nd Avenue and Bowery.
It’s mother-ship restaurant is only across the bridge in Brooklyn. But rumors has it that this East Village location serves better lobster rolls than its original location.
At the E.V. Red Hook, we found that the lobster meat inside the roll was fresh, firm and luscious. Plenty for you to chew on for either a quick lunch or a late-night snack.
All three places felt more like a fast-food joint instead of a nice, sit-down restaurant. Oh, don’t forget to order your rolls with less butter. Even with reduced butter, you may still feel like the bread buns were soaked with it.