the quintessential summer sandwich, nothing tastes quite like the season than a juicy lobster roll served on a warm, buttery split-top bun. (even better when washed down with a crisp sauvignon blanc, we think!) and luckily, there’s no need to trek all the way to maine to get your fix—read on for our delicious roundup of the city’s finest.
1. luke’s lobster
93 east 7th street, nyc
made with a quarter pound of juicy lobster meat seasoned with a dash of celery salt and lemon-infused butter, this east village fish shack is famous among purists for their fuss-free approach. (and at just $15, it’s a no-brainer.)
2. ed’s lobster bar
222 lafayette street, nyc
the only place we want to dine when temps hit highs, we can always count on this under-the-radar spot in soho to turn out the perfect lobster roll, lightly mixed with tangy mayo and sprinkled with fresh chives. take a seat at the raw bar and enjoy a slew of other goodies, such as fried ipswich clams, spicy oyster shooters and the plumpest prawns you’ll find in new york city.
3. red hook lobster pound
284 van brunt street, brooklyn
we love that this brooklyn joint uses only freshly-caught, sustainably-harvested maine lobster for their mouth-watering rolls, which are mixed with chopped celery and chives atop toasted, butter-brushed bread. eat in their picnic-style dining room in red hook, or track down their mobile food truck on twitter to get your fix in manhattan.
4. mary’s fish camp
64 charles street, nyc
located in the heart of the west village, mary’s fish camp has long been the go-to spot. while they don’t take reservations, we think their creamy lobster rolls, served with a heaping pile of crunchy shoestring fries, are worth the hours-long wait.
5. lunch lobster roll
1980 montauk highway, amagansett
heading to the hamptons? find the best lobster salad out east at lunch lobster roll, a charming roadside fish shack along montauk highway opened since 1965 and frequented by mariah carey, brooke shields and tony roberts (their menu says so). served with crinkle-cut fries and a mound of creamy coleslaw, save room for their baked seafood mac-n-cheese and creamy new england clam chowder.
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