[New York] I had lobster rolls in Singapore (yeah, great stuff), and then I had Luke’s Lobsters in New York City… HOLY Smoke.
To those who cannot bear the 20+ something hour flight, the next nearest destination is Harajuku, Tokyo.
Luke’s Maine-style lobster rolls are just ‘simple’ stuff – toasted buttered split top bun, with some mayo, lemon butter, secret spices and PURE LOBSTER.
That does the trick – not diluted salad, not drowning in mayo, just pure good 4 ounces of fresh, sweet lobster.
Despite being relatively new to the business since 2009, the lobster shops are now available at East Village, Upper East Side, Upper West Side, Financial District, Plaza Food Hall (this is the one at Times Square), Penn Quarter, Bethesda, Georgetown, Philly, Brooklyn Bridge Park… and I know, Omotesando, Tokyo.
Founder Luke Holden left his investment banking job, turned to seafaring roots to work with his dad, negotiated with lobster suppliers directly (to cut out the middle man), for traceable, sustainable seafood to those fresh lobster rolls.
The menu is straightforward – Lobster Roll (USD16, SGD21.80), Crab Roll (USD13, SGD17.70) and Shrimp Roll (USD9, SGD12.25) along with New England classic clam chowder from Hurricane’s, which is a family-owned and operated business.
These rolls contain chucks of juicy lobster served chilled atop buttered toasted New English style split top bun with a swipe of mayo. Accordingly, each lobster roll requires 5 or 6 (unlucky) claws to make!
The true star is indeed the lobster meat – I chewed and chewed and sucked the juices while consuming it wrapped in a soft bun.
I wished the bun was warmer or something, and overall could be more buttery, but not complaining much. Had the Shrimp version too – not as impressive.
The very first Luke’s Lobster is located at East Village. If not, convenient locations would include City Kitchen at Times Square, or The Plaza Food Hall.
East Village, 93 E. 7th Street
Take the 6 to Astor Place or R/N to 8th St., walk east to 7th St. and 1st Ave. Take F or M to 2nd Ave, walk north to 7th St and 1st. Take L to 1st Ave, walk South to 7th St and 1st Ave.
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Sun – Thurs), 11am – 11pm (Fri – Sat)
Times Square City Kitchen 700 8th Avenue, New York NY
Take the N, Q, R, or A, C, E or 1, 2, 3 trains to 42nd Street. City Kitchen is on the second floor of The Row Hotel on 44th Street and 8th Avenue.
Opening Hours: 10:30am – 9pm (Sun – Wed), 10:30am – 10pm (Thurs – Sun)
The Plaza Food Hall
1W. 59th Street, New York, NY
Take the N, R, Q or 4, 5, 6 train to 59th Street. The Plaza Food Hall is on the south side of 59th Street between 5th and 6th avenues.
Opening Hours: 11am – 9:30pm (Mon – Sat), 11am – 6pm (Sun)