Just like the Frying Pan if it 1) moved, and 2) was filled with lobsters, North River Lobster Company's a new boat-staurant that's docked most of the time at Pier 81, but'll take you on the occasional 45-minute ride on the Hudson (fo' free!), while you chow down on all things lobster. Here's how to maximize your trip to this beauty this weekend (Friday or Sunday only this week because of a private party on 5/31).
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There are three decks, but head immediately to the top one for the outdoor action. There's no wait service, so make sure to stake your claim for some open-air seating, and then find a counter to order from.
You'll choose between whole lobsters, lobster bisque, and lobster rolls with yuzu aioli on a brioche roll (you should probably just get all three, though).
The Raw Bar
It's in a boat! You'll get a sheet where you check-off what you want and how much of it you're gonna eat, then turn it over to the shucker manning the station. And even though there's no check box for "everything", there is one for a "Cadillac Mountain", which is almost as good.
The Other Food
The non-lobster eats are no joke either, especially the North River Burger with applewood-smoked bacon, caramelized onions, Gruyere, and garlic aioli. Other face-stuffers include steamers, mussels, and fish tacos.
Drinks come in adorable Mason jars (awwwww) that house things like the Batten Down the Hatches, which's got spiced rum, coconut rum, OJ, p-napple juice, grenadine, and a dark rum floater. Bonus Thrillist Challenge: see if you can order everything with a dark rum floater.
Andrew Zimmer is Thrillist's NYC Editor and believes eating lobster rolls should be a weekly occurrence during the Summer. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram.