Are you a lobster lover? Chow down on the delicious crustaceans at one of these five locally owned lobster restaurants in NYC, in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens, where you can eat better and cheaper than at the national seafood chains:
Burger and Lobster: This is the first US location for the popular London restaurant, which has only three things on the menu: lobster, lobster rolls and burgers, plus an extensive micro-beer and wine list. Each of the dishes costs $20 and is served with a hefty helping of fries and a salad. The lobster is a generous one-pound-plus, the lobster rolls is stuffed to the brim with meaty chunks, and the burger is prime hand-cut Nebraska beef that my German butcher father would approve of. Burger and Lobster is in Flatiron, at 39 W. 19th St. I’ve eaten here twice, and will be returning.
Red Hook Lobster Pound: Lobster rolls range from $16 to $20, served with house-made mayo. Three restaurant locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn, including at the South Street Seaport, plus food trucks and stalls at Smorgasburg and Brooklyn Flea on weekends.
Ed’s Lobster Bar: Lobster rolls are stuffed to the brim with chucks of claw meat, but it’s up to you to decide whether that’s worth the hefty $30 pricetag. But, then, everything around the High Line is extra pricey these days. Ed’s Lobster Bar is at 222 Lafayette St. in the Gannsevoort Market.
North River Lobster Co.: Lobster rolls, lobster tacos ($21.95 each) and more at the only floating lobster house in NYC, operated by Circle Line. Take your pick of eating on the top deck when the boat is moored, or during a dinner cruise in warm weather season. North River Lobster Co. at Pier 81, and is operated by Circle Line.
Lobster Joint: Locations in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, and Rockaway Beach, Queens, serve up lobster a dozen ways, including for brunch as lobster huevos rancheros, even lobster mac ‘n’ cheese. Choose the classic clambake with corn ($31.95), warm Connecticut-style lobster roll or traditional New England style ($17). There’s a more limited menu at the food truck. Lobster Joint website.