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Best Lobster in New York City

Updated on June 19, 2013

Every foodie knows that best lobster comes from Maine. If it's not Homarus, it's not true lobster. Rock lobster, spiny lobster, Caribbean lobster—they all just wannabes, riding on the fame of the authentic Maine lobster, Homarus Americanus. You easily can recognize Homarus Americanus by its five sets of legs, including a pair of large, meat-filled claws. Beautiful state of Maine has thousands of places to eat and buy live lobsters traditionally called Lobster Pound. So, if you are in a mood for true lobster, Maine is place to visit. However, luckily for me, as a huge lobster lover, there are several great places in New York to enjoy authentic Maine lobster.

Luke's Lobster Restaurant on Upper East Side New York
Luke's Lobster Restaurant on Upper East Side New York
Lobster Roll at Luke's Lobster New York
Lobster Roll at Luke's Lobster New York

Best Lobster Roll

Luke's Lobster

For the small price, which you cannot find anywhere else in New York City, in Luke’s Lobster you can experience fantastic lobster roll prepared the way it is done in Maine. But it doesn’t take a master chef to make a great lobster roll, it takes great lobster. And the founder of this restaurant, Luke Holden, definitely knows where. Five distinguished Maine harbors supply the restaurant with delicious lobsters, shrimps and crabs. Add to that fact the lobster travel from trap to bun relatively quickly, one and a half to three days, so it is fresh - from ME to you! Besides lobster rolls, the venue offers traditional New England Clam Chowder and Maine Lobster Bisque, shrimp and empress-crab-claw rolls. Luke's Lobster

Location: East Village 93 E 7th St. (1st Ave), New York NY. phone: 212-387-8487 and Upper East Side 242 E 81st St. (2nd Ave), New York NY. phone: 212-249-4241

Open: Sun-Thu: 11am-11pm; Fri and Sat: 11am-12am


Maine Lobster at City Crab New York
Maine Lobster at City Crab New York

Best Live Lobster

City Crab & Seafood Company

Famous for its Maryland crab, this popular Manhattan restaurant is also well-known place to enjoy whole lobster, steamed or stuffed. After all, for a long time City Crab was home to George the Giant Lobster. This 140 years old and twenty pounds lobster had been a favorite of City Crab customers and all New Yorkers for many years and last year was successfully released into Maine waters. Besides delectable live Maine lobsters, the venue features delicacies like Jumbo Stone crabs, soft-shell crabs, Alaskan King Crabs, oysters and clams. By definition, seafood is quite expensive, so City Crab is not cheap. But the prices are as gentle as can be expected given the product. City Crab & Seafood Company

Location: 235 Park Ave. South, at 19th St., New York NY. phone: 212-529-3800

Open: Mon-Thu: noon-11pm; Fri: noon-midnight; Sat: noon-4pm and 5pm-midnight; Brunch with live jazz on Sat-Sun: 11:30am-4pm

Maine live lobster at the Red Hook Lobster Pound, Brooklyn NY
Maine live lobster at the Red Hook Lobster Pound, Brooklyn NY

Red Hook Lobster Pound

If you don’t mind a short trip to Brooklyn, then for truly live Maine lobster, go to the Red Hook Lobster Pound. The Red Hook Lobster Pound specialized in fresh-catch lobsters, which come directly off the lobster boats from Maine few times a week. Founded by Ralph Gorham and Susan Povich, the Red Hook Lobster Pound is selling over 15,000 pounds of lobster a year as well as 15,000 lobster rolls, not only in a main location but also in Brooklyn Flea Market and Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory. The Red Hook Lobster Pound has an open seating area, where you can indulge yourself with freshest steamed lobster or lobster and shrimp rolls. Lobster rolls are prepared with homemade mayo on buns, which specially brought down from Biddeford Maine, to add to the authentic Maine experience. The Red Hook Lobster Pound

Location: 284 Van Brunt Street, Brooklyn NY

Open: Wed: noon-8pm; Thu-Sat: noon-9pm; Sun: noon-8pm

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The Mark Restaurant New York
The Mark Restaurant New York

Best Upscale Lobster

The Mark Restaurant

Recently opened new Jean-Georges Vongerichten venue in the Mark Hotel on Upper East Side New York, the Mark restaurant offers a beautiful setting, superb wine list, signature cocktails and great array of innovative dishes: from familiar Jean-Georges favorites like foie gras, gourmet burgers and soufflé to creative pizzas and pastas. The lunch and dinner menus have fantastic raw selection including perfectly presented Chilled Maine Lobster. The Mark restaurant is ideal for any occasion, from casual dining to special celebration. The only thing, make your reservation in advance. Like any new trendy restaurant in New York, the place attracts a lot of attention from the press, New Yorkers and sophisticated tourists. Therefore it is always packed! The Mark Restaurant

Location: 25 East 77th St. at Madison Avenue, New York NY. phone: 212-606-3030

Open: Mon-Fri: 7am-11am, 11:30am-3pm, and 5pm-11pm; Sat-Sun, 8am-11am, 11:30am-3pm, and 5pm-11pm

The Post House

Traditionally fine steak houses in the USA serve nicely prepared good quality lobster. The Post House is not an exception. This acclaimed steak house offers Maine lobster broiled or steamed with variety of delicious side dishes. If you are in a mood for a lobster in New York, but your dinner companion not, the Post House is a great solution. Beautifully situated in the Lowell Hotel in upscale area of Upper East Side New York, the Post House has a huge array of dinner options from chops and steaks to fish, raw shellfish and salads. The quality of dishes is impeccable and as well as the quality of wine and service. Pricey but it is really worth it! The Post House

Location: 28 E 63rd St., New York NY. Phone: 212-935-2888

Open: Lunch Mon-Fri: noon-5pm; Dinner Mon-Thu: 5pm-11pm; Fri-Sun: 5:30pm-midnight


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      Lisa McKnight 5 years ago from London

      This is my favourite food! I will definitely check out the lobster "joynts" when I am in NYC. (And try my fakey NYC accent at the same time).

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      hafeezrm 6 years ago from Pakistan

      Long time back, I went to Harvard, Boston for participating in a course. There was a Chinese participant and he was able to persuade quite a few of us to try Red Lobster for which he would pay 50%. I was one of the victims. When the lobster was placed at our table and we started eating, he would suddenly shout, "Don't eat this part, this is poisonous". This got one confused and he used to eat all saying he was immune.

      Back in my country, I tried and enjoyed the stuff but not very long as I developed cholesterol and had to be careful. Thank you for sharing wonderful information.

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      Lotta 6 years ago

      Can some of the same thoughts as you did when it comes to my traveling near future. We'll see where it actually ends. .

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      Elena 7 years ago from London, UK

      Interesting to know. It sounds like a very nice restaurant. I've never eaten Lobster. I always think it will wake up and walk out my plate but I wouldn't mind visiting this restaurant for a change. :)

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      Karlstad 7 years ago

      Love the hub. Will follow for sure.

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      breakfastpop 7 years ago

      Yum, I'm there! Thanks.

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      Audrey Kirchner 7 years ago from Washington

      That sounds SOOOO good and looks SOOO good. Now I'm hungry for lobster.

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      H P Roychoudhury 7 years ago from Guwahati, India

      I like the variety pictures of Lobster.

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      Simone Haruko Smith 7 years ago from San Francisco

      Wow, this is a fantastic hub! The pictures are awesome- and I've never even heard of a lobster roll before, so I've gotten a lot from the read!

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      Wanderlust 7 years ago from New York City

      febreidethan, thank you for stopping by. Usually for a lobster roll, lobster is broiled or steamed, then put on a bun with mayonnaise and spices. You have to try it, it is absolutely delicious. But you have to try it in a right place, some places overdo mayonnaise.

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      febriedethan 7 years ago from Indonesia

      Lobster! I love it! But I never try the Lobster Roll, looks delicious. Do they bake the lobster first before it becomes lobster roll? thank you for sharing!

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      Wanderlust 7 years ago from New York City

      drbj, thank you for stopping by. I love love love crayfish (or crawfish). It has different from lobster taste, so I cannot even say what I love more lobster or crawfish. I guess I love lobster in New England and New York and crawfish in Florida and Louisiana :)

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      drbj and sherry 7 years ago from south Florida

      We have lobsters in south Florida, too, but they are smaller than Maine lobsters and are really crayfish. But we call them lobsters - don't want to hurt their feelings.

      Thanks for the great crustacean information. Now I have a new list of lobster spots for the next time I visit NYC.