Red Hook Lobster Pound
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Seeing a burger on a menu at a lobster roll spot is kind of like seeing a platter of seared scallops on a 24-hour diner menu. But don’t let that thinking steer you away here. Red Hook Lobster Pound griddles and butters its buns on both sides, meaning along with lettuce, tomato, cheese, and a “special sauce,” the thick, dry-aged short rib, chuck, and brisket blend patty gets an extra-toasted accompaniment.
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The dish: Lobster rolls
Rather than feeling extravagant, the idea of eating a whole lobster at a NYC restaurant feels a bit outdated in our modern times. With all of the force required to crack its claws and smelly liquids flying everywhere, it seems like a lot of work. But when it comes to lobster rolls, now you’re speaking our language. Served on a buttered, toasted, split top bun and ready to eat, the finest adaption of a seafood sandwich is especially great during the summer weather, when daydreams of escaping the city come effortlessly. That’s when a visit to Red Hook Lobster Pound feels like an excursion to Maine. Here, the lobsters are fresh, the trek from the nearest subway will make you feel accomplished, and its waterfront neighborhood (that feels extra isolated from the rest of Brooklyn in thanks to a nearby highway), also conjures mini-getaway vibes. Go for the classic lobster roll or choose from four others, and be sure to pick up a DIY lobster roll kit for later.
How to order: Reservations are available through Resy for indoor dining and patio seating. Order takeout via website, delivery via Caviar, Grubhub, Seamless, Postmates, and Ubereats.