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10 fresh ways to eat lobster in New York that's NOT a lobster roll

By Christina Izzo

Lobster may be more characteristic of New England, but New York has its fair-share of first-rate crustacean. And while lobster rolls are a time-honored vehicle for enjoying summer's freshest shellfish, there are plenty of ways to enjoy lobster that don't require griddled brioche. Here are ten of 'em: 

Lobster with crushed potatoes at Sauvage
The Greenpoint sister to beloved Williamsburg bar Maison Premiere offers a bold surf-and-turf main, pairing a half lobster with crushed potatoes and—wait for it—a deep-red pig's-blood sauce. You're going to have to trust us on this one. $28

Lobster paella at Amada
One of the house specials at Jose Garces's tapas dining room, this shareable seafood paella features hulking lobster tails and claws atop a fava bean salad and a mound of rice tinted black with squid ink. Forget utensils—crusty toast smeared in pimenton aioli should do the trick. $78

Lobster tempura at Tempura Matsui
Earlier this month, the tempura-focused omakase restaurant debuted not only its new chef, Kiyoshi Chikano, but also this lobster-tail menu supplement, served with boiled claws, baby corn and asparagus tempuras, and vinegar soy sauce. $45 for two people

Lobster tail at Luke's Tail Cart 
Luke’s Lobster rolled out a lobster-tail stall for summer, dropping anchor in Battery Park. The cart, which is equipped with a grill, doles out Maine lobster tails that have been split, skewered and fired over an open flame; you can dress up the shellfish with house-made dipping sauces, including a classic lemon-butter option and a seasonal wild-blueberry vinaigrette. $6

Langoustine tartare at Gabriel Kreuther
A lobster tartare is characteristically head-turning at this midtown fine-dining spot: A clean disc of plump, sweet crustacean is studded with flying fish roe and dressed with a nutty cauliflower-macadamia puree. Its crowning caramelized sugar shard shatters like fine crème brûlée. $125 as part of four-course prix fixe

Langoustine tartare at Gabriel Kreuther
Photograph: Liz Clayman

Langosta Puerto Nuevo at Tacuba
At the newly opened Manhattan sibling of Julian Medina's Astoria restaurant, the chef serves a spicy split lobster with chipotle butter, carrot-ginger dressing and corn tortillas. DIY lobster tacos? Don't mind if we do. Market price. 

Lobster corn dog at Sea Wolf
Two summertime classics—fresh lobster and fried corn dogs—come together at this Bushwick newbie. The crustacean is cranked sausage-style into a casing and then skewered, battered and deep-fried. Drizzled with honey mustard and served over greens, it makes on-a-stick eating look damn-near elegant. $11

Tonnarelli with lobster at La Sirena
Squid ink–black strands of spaghetti are tossed generously with lobster meat, pattypan squash and lemony breadcrumbs at Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich's Maritime Hotel blockbuster. $26

Lobster sushi burrito at Uma Temakeria
Chris Jaeckle's fast-casual raw-fish canteen partnered with Luke's Lobster for this June burrito, featuring fresh lobster wrapped in crispy seaweed with kale, rice, red peppers and a lemon-wasabi aioli. $10

Lobster ramen at Cull & Pistol
Not every summer day is a hot one—for those chilly, less-than-sunny days, tuck into a warm bowl of ramen from this Chelsea Market seafood spot: Lobster meat, corn, egg, bamboo shoots and mushrooms bob in a lobster-miso broth shot with fiery chili oil. $21 

Lobster ramen at Cull & Pistol
Photograph: Courtesy Tanya Bekasova


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