Vasco is Spanish for “Basque,” but dinner at this Chelsea staple is usually a Maine event—fresh, reasonably priced New England lobster. Scribbled on the waiter’s notepad is the latest by-the-pound list of available crustaceans living out their final moments in the kitchen’s tank. Go classic—simply boiled and served with drawn butter—or try Francisco’s Favorite: a 1-pound lobster stuffed with crabmeat and sprinkled with queso fresco. The simple formula appears to be working: So many people line up to get into the dark, dated dining room, the maître d’ occasionally resorts to using a velvet rope.
Francisco’s Centro Vasco
|Venue name:||Francisco’s Centro Vasco||Contact:|
159 W 23rd St
|Cross street:||between Sixth and Seventh Aves|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Fri 4–11pm; Sat, Sun 2–11pm|
|Transport:||Subway: F, V, 1 to 23rd St|
|Price:||Average main course: $24. AmEx, MC, V|