The Very Best Lobster Rolls in NYC
While you can get lobster rolls year-round, we’re of the firm belief that it’s not officially summer until you sink your teeth into the iconic crustacean-and-hot-dog-bun combo. And you don’t have to travel to Maine to get your hands on some great ones, thanks to these local spots dishing out their own delicious takes. Here, 15 of the very best lobster rolls in NYC.
1. Littleneck & Littleneck Outpost
Transport yourself to New England by way of Gowanus at this rustic eatery. Start with some East coast oysters or fluke crudo from the raw bar before moving on to the lobster roll. Your hardest decision is whether to order it Maine style (served chilled and tossed with mayo) or Connecticut-style (hot and buttered). If you go for brunch, don’t miss the Bloody Caesar cocktail, which comes with a littleneck clam on the half shell. You can also find the lobster roll on the lunch menu at Littleneck Outpost in Greenpoint.
288 Third Ave., Brooklyn; littleneckbrooklyn.com
2. Mary’s Fish Camp
This West Village mainstay has been dishing out its famous lobster rolls for almost two decades. Full disclosure: This rendition is extra heavy on the mayo, so proceed with caution if that’s not your thing. Piled onto a toasted bun and topped with fresh chives, it’s served with a side of shoestring fries, slaw or mixed greens.
64 Charles St.; marysfishcamp.com
3. Mermaid Inn
While Mermaid Inn’s East Village location has permanently closed, the Upper East Side spot boasts plentiful outdoor seating and excellent seafood. It’s hard to walk by without craving the “nearly famous” lobster roll, served on a buttered brioche bun with Old Bay–seasoned fries. Oh, and if you’re looking for one of the best deals in town, don’t miss happy hour here where a mini lobster roll costs just $9.
570 Amsterdam Ave; themermaidnyc.com
4. Greenpoint Fish and Lobster
This Brooklyn storefront isn’t just a restaurant—it’s a full-service fish market specializing in sustainable and local seafood—so you know anything here will be super fresh. The lobster roll comes piled high with fresh-picked lobster (including a consistently generous amount of claw and knuckle meat). It’s jazzed up with just a touch of mayo, plus lemon, celery salt and tarragon for good measure.
114 Nassau Ave., Brooklyn; greenpointfish.com
5. Grand Banks
It is an indisputable fact that a lobster roll tastes better when enjoyed in close proximity to a large body of water. And at Grand Banks, the Instagram-primed schooner docked at Pier 25, you can enjoy your high-end lobster roll garnished with fennel, lemon and pickled cucumber, on the Hudson River. There are also oysters and a long list of fresh, summery drinks that make Grand Banks a very easy place to spend an entire sunny afternoon.
Pier 25, Hudson River Park; grandbanks.nyc
6. The Clam
We’ll admit we’re usually lobster roll purists, but the lobster sliders at The Clam make us feel some type of way. They’re unconventional, to be sure: served on a round hamburger bun and topped with delightfully greasy fried clam strips, but the result is absolute bliss. Order these sliders as an appetizer to share with the table—or better yet, make it your main dish and hoard them for yourself.
420 Hudson St.; theclamnyc.com
7. Crave Fishbar
If you notice a slight green tint to your lobster roll, don’t be alarmed: It’s just the avocado aioli. Unorthodox, yes, but so very tasty. The lobster gets tossed with pureed avocado, serrano pepper, lime juice, garlic and Dijon, then topped with chives, celery salt and a drizzle of warm butter. Find it on the dinner menu at both the midtown and Upper West Side locations.
Multiple locations.; cravefishbar.com
8. Lobster Roll Factory
For the discerning roller who likes her lobster just so, head to this kiosk in downtown Flushing joint. First, choose your bread (French baguette or tortilla) and then select your mayo (plain, sriacha, wasabi or super hot chili) and the amount (less, normal or extra). Then decide if you want a side of clam chowder with that roll or a Maine blueberry soda (Psst: you do).
135-15 40th Rd Booth 5 Flushing; (929) 300-7499
9. Pearl Oyster Bar
There’s no shortage of amazing lobster rolls in the West Village, but the one you’ll find at Pearl Oyster Bar just might be our favorite. We’d normally say lobster rolls are strictly finger food and that forks should be avoided at all costs, but you really need utensils to get started on this generously stuffed, heavily dressed roll, which is served hot with a side of shoestring fries.
18 Cornelia St.; pearloysterbar.com
10. Lobster Joint
This Greenpoint mainstay is the closest thing you’ll find to a New England–style seafood shack without leaving the city. This place offers not one but four different lobster roll creations including a mayo-based New England roll, a warm, buttery Connecticut roll, a lobster club served with avocado and bacon, and a Mexican-inspired variation roll that comes garnished with chipotle mayo, pico de gallo, jalapeños and guac.
1073 Manhattan Ave., Brooklyn; lobsterjoint.com
11. Luke’s Lobster
No matter where in Manhattan you find yourself, you’re never too far from a great lobster roll, thanks to Luke’s. This casual eatery focuses on sustainable, sea to table shellfish, and the rolls are some of the tastiest and most affordable around. In addition to the classic New England style sandwich, keep an eye out for some seasonal additions: a lobster roll tossed with pesto aioli or melted white truffle butter.
Multiple locations; lukeslobster.com
12. Lobster Place
This shop inside Chelsea Market is one of New York’s best places to buy seafood, but it also boasts a great menu of prepared food, including an outrageously good lobster roll made with avocado and spicy sauce. If you find yourself near the Meatpacking District, hit up the Whitney, walk along the Hudson River, or stroll the high line and end up here for lunch.
75 9th Ave (inside Chelsea Market); lobsterplace.com
13. Lure Fishbar
In NYC restaurant years, Lure Fishbar is something of a dinosaur. A Soho staple since 2004, this chic, upscale restaurant and raw bar is clearly doing a thing or two right. Case in point: the lobster roll. It’s served on a buttery brioche bun with tangy vegetable slaw and salt and vinegar chips for good measure. Of course, you’ll want to lead up to this unbeatable main course with an order of crispy sushi rice.
142 Mercer St; lurefishbar.com
14. Jeffrey’s Grocery
We wish every neighborhood had a restaurant like Jeffrey’s Grocery. It’s cozy yet refined, delicious yet totally unpretentious, and there’s something on the menu for everyone, whether you want to snack on some oysters or chow down on fried chicken. And of course, there’s the lobster roll: a toasted bun filled with sliced cucumbers, herb aioli, sweet lobster meat and chopped chives.
172 Waverly Place; jeffreysgrocery.com
15. Johnny’s Reef Restaurant
When we say Johnny’s serves some delicious grub, don’t take it from us—just take a look at the lines of people outside and you know you’re onto a good thing. Fortunately, the lines move quick (there’s a separate one for drinks and for food) and once you sit down on the seaside patio with your lunch, you’ll be happy you made the trip to City Island. Sure, the fried seafood and frozen cocktails are the main event here but the lobster rolls are pretty good too. Bonus: Fido is welcome to join in on the fun here.
2 City Island Ave., Bronx; johnnysreefrestaurant.com
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