Lolo's Seafood Shack

Restaurants, Seafood Harlem
4 out of 5 stars
(2user reviews)
Lolo's Seafood Shack
Photograph: Courtesy Lolo's Seafood Shack

An ode to Saint Martin beach shacks, this uptown seafood joint serves Belizean conch fritters with lime-zest rémoulade and baked shark with salsa verde on its Caribbean-teal backyard patio.


Venue name: Lolo's Seafood Shack
Address: 303 W 116 St
Cross street: between Frederick Douglass Blvd (Eighth Ave) and Manhattan Ave
Opening hours: Tue-Thu noon-10pm, Fri, Sat noon-10:30pm, Sun, Mon noon-9pm
Transport: Subway: B, C to 116th St
Price: Average main dish: $14. DC, Disc, MC, V.
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3.5 / 5

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Firstly, I would advise against visiting during peak dining hours, i.e. when we decided to 7pm on a Friday. You place your food/drink order at the front window and they hand you a number to display on your table. When your food is ready, they bring it out to you - if they can find you, that is. The servers are constantly disoriented, and it certainly didn't help that there was some sort of 20-person family reunion happening which took up half the back yard, and ALL of the staff's attention. We ordered drinks and the crabby dip, assuming we could nosh a little while deciding on what to get for actual-dinner. 

The drinks came out 25min later (while my dining partner was waiting in line to order dinner), and at 35min there was still no sign of the crabby dip (and no sign of my dining partner, who was still waiting in line to order). We asked a server about the missing crab dip, and while he was quick to blame the afore-mentioned 20-person table he also assured us that it would be out in 5min. 20min passed, drinks drained, and still no sign of the dip. We asked again and he insisted it would be out soon. 20min passed again, and we started receiving dinner items, so we asked again, and he offered to comp us something else from the menu (because that dip was obv not coming). We didn't need any more food (we ordered the tasting menu) so we asked if we could get a couple beers instead. 

Dinner items trickled out in no particular order, and a shark sandwich got lost in translation (but they brought it out at the end as soon as we inquired about it). We spoke to the front window about the missteps and were promptly offered a shot of cheap warm vodka...which we accepted, cuz duh. Honestly, I would usually be much more pissed, but the food was so damn good it really made up for all the service mishaps. (They really should prioritize dine-ins at the window though, they could turn over tables much quicker!)

A little bit of tiki on 116th Street. It was nice to step into this brightly colored "shack" on a chilly fall evening, although warm days in the backyard are probably great too, especially considering the mess you are able to make with a steam pot here. Crab legs and shrimp come in a bag and basket with aromatic Old Bay and butter happiness. The shrimp were large and the crab legs were easy to break apart, even with the plastic gloves on. The corn was nice too-I may never think there is enough cotija on it, though. Service was friendly and they offer pick-up, but not delivery.