Finding a lobster roll that’s both fresh and tasty—year-round—wasn’t an easy feat before Luke’s Lobster’s little counter spots began popping up everywhere from the Upper West Side to FiDi.
Not only does Luke’s ship its lobster fresh from Maine, but all of the crustaceans are sustainable and traceable. Larger options for two, like the Taste of Maine combo of half a lobster roll, half a crab roll, half a shrimp roll, two crab claws and a drink and chips ($24), make for affordable samplers if you’re in a crabby mood. The fresh, Maine-style lobster roll is a true classic, not slathered in mayo and on a proper buttery, split-top bun.
The rest of the menu is supplemented with New England classics like clam chowder ($9), which also holds up. But the best complement to all that fresh lobster meat is a cold beer, and Luke’s stays with the theme again, offering a rotating list of New England microbrews.
BY: TIME OUT COMMUNITY REVIEWER SHAWN McCREESH
|Venue name:||Luke’s Lobster||Contact:|
93 E 7th St
|Cross street:||between First Ave and Ave A|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Thu, Sun 11am–10pm; Fri, Sat 11am–11pm|
|Transport:||Subway: F to Lower East Side–Second Ave, L to First Ave, 6 to Astor Pl|
|Price:||Average lobster roll: $15. AmEx, MC, V|
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Average User Rating
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Consistently fresh lobster rolls for not a ton of money, which is what you expect to pay for a sandwich piled high with Maine lobster. They're on the smaller side but priced accordingly. Whatever you do, don't eat two. I once made the mistake of scarfing down two rolls and chugging a diet Coke, which made my stomach feel like a fish tank for two solid hours. In life and at Luke's, sometimes less is more.
A super solid little lobster roll! A bit on the pricey side, but I guess they all are. I love the lack of mayo here—it's one of the few lobster rolls I've had that doesn't taste like a hear attack but still leaves me full and satisfied. The clam chowder isn't bad, either!
I first had a Luke's lobster roll when I was living in D.C., and I was hooked from the first bite. CT-style (just butter) is way better than Maine-style (with mayo), the fresh lobster is piled high, and a buttered and toasted hot dog bun has never tasted so good. I am actually addicted. And it's the cheapest roll in the city. And Luke's Lobsters are everywhere. I usually go to the one in the Plaza before walking to Central Park or at the Brooklyn Bridge location to eat my lobster roll on the water.