Celebrate the summer with an east coast specialty that is both humble and highbrow. Indulge in the lobster roll during the hottest time of the year. Surprisingly, New York does a pretty good job of capturing a taste of Maine. What makes for a good lobster roll? Substantial lobster, a gentle touch of mayo, and a bun with enough heft to serve as a proper shellfish vehicle. Let’s take a look at the top lobster rolls that New York City has to offer.
Greenpoint Fish & Lobster Co., Greenpoint
Just a few blocks from the G train is this market (plus oyster bar and restaurant) that specializes in sustainable seafood. Their lobster roll is generously plated with pickles, fries, and slaw, but the sandwich itself is comprised of hand-picked chunks of lobster, diced celery, a light dressing of mayo, and herbs piled on a brioche bun.
Red Hook Lobster Pound, Red Hook
One of the best things about lobster rolls from Red Hook Lobster Pound is the sheer variety of offerings. For anyone averse to mayonnaise, the Connecticut style lobster roll offers the indulgence of a lobster feast without the mess of de-shelling. The lobster meat is poached in butter and lemon before being stuffed into a roll, topped with paprika and scallions. Other options include the Tuscan-style roll which features lobster tossed in basil vinaigrette and a crisp fried lobster roll.
The Crabby Shack, Crown Heights and Fort Greene
And now for something a little different: The Clobster Roll. New York City is no stranger to food fads like mash-up pastries, but this combination will get you salivating. The Clobster Roll combines the best of both by combining half crab, half lobster meat to bring together something new and delicious. Dressed with melted garlic butter atop a potato bun, you won’t want to miss out on this.