Despite not being a quaint little fishing town in Maine where everyone, uh, quaintly fishes, NYC actually has a bunch of places that do the classic lobster roll the right way. Here're the essential eight that you absolutely must have under your ever-expanding belt.
The 8 most essential lobster roll spots in NYC
Pearl Oyster Bar (address and info)
This charming Village standby’s go-to 'wich is peppered with some celery and chive, plus an impressive amount of mayo-y lobster that’s almost too much for the toasted hot dog bun it’s contained in. Also, the shoestring fries it comes with are pretty great.
Luke’s Lobster (address and info)
East Village, Financial District, UWS, UES, Brooklyn Bridge Park
Utilizing only claw and knuckle meat in its 1/4lb of fresh-as-hell lobstah, the classic basically comes right from Maine and to your face, bolstered with lemon-infused butter and celery salt.
Lobster Joint (address and info)
Its super-simple classic here (with just a touch of celery and mayo) is borderline perfect, but if you're gonna have two, roll with the Connecticut-style number, get crazy with the Lobster BLT, or get REALLY CRAZY with the Lobster Mac 'n Cheese (just put it in a bun).
Mary’s Fish Camp (address and info)
West Village, Brooklyn
There's a limited supply of these, but it's worth planning ahead for the buttered hot dog bun filled with chunky lobster, perked up with a little celery and scallion. It’s simple and beautiful.
Ed’s Lobster Bar (address and info)
Often muffin-topping over the edges of the buttered bun, the throwback roll at Ed’s does it right with salt & pepper, freshly squeezed lemon juice, a little minced celery for crunch, and some chives to top it off.
Red Hook Lobster Pound (address and info)
Red Hook, East Village, Montauk
This classic, split-top, hot dog bun beauty comes with 1/4lb of Maine meat, and's served either Connecticut-style, Maine-style, or Tuscan-style (tossed in a basil vinaigrette). The only bad move is not getting all three.
The Mermaid Inn (address and info)
East Village, West Village, Upper West Side
While it's the only one that strays from the hot dog bun, you'll still be willing to make an exception for this brioche'd version that serves up the lobster salad goods with a hefty portion of Old Bay fries to help wash it all down.
1. Red Hook Lobster Pound16 Extra Place, New York
2. Pearl Oyster Bar18 Cornelia St, New York
3. Red Hook Lobster Pound Brooklyn284 Van Brunt St, Brooklyn
4. Luke's Lobster FiDi26 South William St, New York
5. Luke's Lobster UES242 E 81st St, NY
6. Lobster Place75 9th Ave, New York
7. Lobster Joint201 E Houston St, New York
8. Ed's Lobster Bar Annex25 Clinton St, New York
9. The Mermaid Inn96 2nd Ave, New York
10. The Mermaid Inn568 Amsterdam Ave, New York
11. Mermaid Oyster Bar79 Macdougal St, New York
12. Mary's Fish Camp64 Charles St, New York
Get ready for this seafood market to pwn your entire expectations of the meal you'll have. Specializing in succulent lobster rolls, there are different styles to hone in on (go for the Connecticut-style), and tons of delicious sides, like crispy chips and creamy mac 'n cheese.
Located in the West Village, this charming seafoodery is loaded with chilled seafood, small plates, and large plates, all featuring fresh ocean fare, from lobster to shrimp and, of course, oysters.
The OG location of Red Hook Lobster Pound looks and feels like a New England seafood shack, except it's much bigger than what you'd find on the side of the road in Cape Cod. The lobster rolls are some of the best in New York, each featuring a quarter pound of claw and knuckle meat on a split-top bun. The Red Hook location might be the best RHLP in the city because it's the only one outfitted with lobster tanks.
Continuing their domination of the seafood scene, Luke's is expanding its fresh-caught Maine crustacean empire into the FiDi. The menu of signature rolls, chowders, claws, and more is all avail for sit down, but those on the go can hit an express lunchtim
Adorning their communal-high-tables and yellow-n-blue walls with traps, buoys, and a multi-media 3D mural of a lobsterman (by a Bowdoin alum!), the team behind the popular EVill shack's uptowning their family hookup to Maine's daily bounty, where they'll
Lobster Place is one of the original Chelsea Market tenants serving up lobster rolls that're everything you could want and more! Other sandos like a po'boy and tuna melt are also offered.
Lobster Joint's a LES crustacean shack executing the idea that you can put lobster in anything, from rolls to mac & cheese to way, way more than you can handle.
Nolita's favorite crustacean den's doubling up in the faraway LES, outfitting the new spot with a similar coastal vibe and an outdoor garden while luring longtime customers with the promise of new lobster bites including meatballs, small thermidor pizzas, tacos w/ Panamanian green sauce, and mini rolls, which nonetheless will add to your very non-mini ones.
Escape from the East Village into this nautical New England fish shack where maritime chic decor complements the seafood-heavy menu. An oyster happy hour, which features $1 chef's choice oysters and littleneck clams daily, is the stand-out offering, but you'll want to camp out all day for the non-bivalve options like beer batter fish tacos, lobster rolls, and sides like Old Bay-seasoned fries and hush puppies. The kitchen saves the best for last, though: all diners get a complimentary cup of chocolate mousse for dessert.
The uptown outpost of The Mermaid Inn is a near replica of its East Village sibling, complete with maritime decor and New England fish shack vibes. An oyster happy hour, which features $1 chef's choice oysters and littleneck clams daily, is the stand-out offering, but you'll want to camp out all day for the non-bivalve options like beer batter fish tacos, lobster rolls, and sides like Old Bay-seasoned fries and hush puppies. The kitchen saves the best for last, though: all diners get a complimentary cup of chocolate mousse for dessert.
The Greenwich Village outpost of the Mermaid restaurants is like a chilled-out little brother to its older (and larger) East Village and Upper West Side siblings. The menu features a daily array of East and West Coast oysters, a raw bar that includes littleneck clams and yellowfin tuna crudo, and house hits like beer batter fish tacos and a reliable lobster roll. The long and narrow space includes a bar and outdoor seating.