The only slight problem with Red Hook Lobster Pound -- the whole Red Hook part -- is over. RHLP's new East Village shop tucked away on Extra Place is here to provide the crustacean-craving masses with one of the best rolls in the city, plus something else that studies show people enjoy, but the Red Hook locale and RHLP truck don't have: booze.
In no time, Extra Place Alley will be lined with tables where you can get your outdoor-seafood on. But for now, just walk almost to the end of it to locate the new spot.
The charming, no-frills seafood shack interior is stocked with red stools and a bright, urban beach steez. It's also all counter-service, so don't be shy.
There she is. Hello, you magnificent 1/4lb of fresh Maine lobster, you. It's mixed lightly with homemade mayo, and placed on a grilled, split-top bun filled with shredded lettuce and scallion. Perfect.
Also up for consumption: this hot-and-buttered Connecticut roll, and the Tuscan-style, which Jerry Seinfeld will never be able to rent, and is quite interestingly tossed in a basil vinaigrette.
If you prefer your lobster dripping in a funky four-cheese sauce (you do), go for the... lobster mac 'n cheese.
If you prefer your lobster in that, but also in a mix of the Mexican street corn that's served in a cup with hunks of their fresh lobster, get the Elote con Langosta, Smart person move: get both, eat 'em half-way down, then mix them together.
As for that booze, they've got Sweet'tauk lemonade, which you can spike with soju if you're feeling frisky/really into Korean liquor, plus Narragansett and Bronx Pale Ale. Summer is coming.