Found out about this place a while ago when one of my Facebook friends came here and posted some pictures. "Hmm, what is Luke's Lobster?" After a little research, I knew my gf and I had to try this place, especially since she loves lobster. Anyways, finally made it in two days ago, on a Monday afternoon. There was only one other person sitting and eating. The lone staffer was sitting, just resting, but jumped up as soon as we walked in. We really wanted to try the Taste of Maine, but we were told that it wasn't being served that day, since they were out of shrimp and crab. We ended up just trying a Lobster Roll. I'm not sure there's much else to be said about their Lobster Rolls other than yum, yum and yum. The hot dog bun that the lobster meat is served in in soft, slightly buttery and a mildly crispy. The portion of meat served is 1/4 pound and they definitely don't skimp on the meat. The pieces are big, juicy and succulent. Best of all, it's not slathered in mayonnaise and cole slaw. Their roll is just pure lobster.Luke's Lobster is not to be missed. The staffers are very friendly and knowledgable. The interior may be small, with not much seating, but the inside feels almost like being on a dock in Maine. It blends in quite nicely with the East Village.
double the fun
What's more summery than these gorgeous #LobsterRolls?
Got to meet one of the founding partners recently and I just love their story and commitment to sourcing #seafood responsibly. They've come a long way since I first tried them on East 7th St in their opening month. Congrats!
NYC FOODIE LOBSTER ROLL OF THE WEEK: LUKE'S LOBSTER
Ahhhh, Summer is upon us. With long and hot days, and sweltering heat, there is not other dish I crave more than the lobster roll. I love lobster. I love it any time of year. The lobster roll is my Summer sandwich though. I had a great one at The Mermaid Inn, which I just wrote about, and last week had near lobster roll perfection ($14) at the new and popular Luke's Lobster in the East Village (an Upper East Side branch has just opened too!).
Lobster is so amazing, you really don't need to add much to it for it to taste great. Too many restaurants are messing up the roll by adding too much extra stuff like lettuce, onions, and vinegar. Let the lobster speak for itself, like it does at Luke's Lobster. They add a sprinkle of celery salt and just a touch of mayo, and what you get is greatness!
So for one of NYC'S best lobster rolls, head on over to Luke's Lobster. It'll make your Summer a great one!
Luke’s Lobster Warms Up This Winter
Luke’s Lobster is a staple in New York City. Since it first opened in the East Village back in 2009, it has grown to have multiple locations, not only in New York, but across the country. The restaurant is known for serving up sustainable Maine-style seafood dishes, and we are big fans.
Their Midtown East location hosted us to try their new Winter menu and we’ll give you the inside scoop. Here’s what’s new:
Tail & Kale Salad: This salad, comprised of baby kale, warm quinoa, chickpeas, pickled red onions, roasted pumpkin seeds, and doused in Luke’s poppy seed vinaigrette is a great way to warm up with something slightly lighter.
L.G.C.: Due to its popularity last year, Luke’s Lobster has brought its lobster and gruyere grilled cheese. Honestly, what’s not to love?
C.G.C.: Our favorite on the new menu is this killer crab and gruyere grilled cheese. It is the perfect cold night treat — we’ve been dreaming about it for weeks. Plus, both the grilled cheeses are great when paired (and dipped) in their clam chowder.
So when the weather gets colder and you need something savory to warm you up, head to your local Luke’s to check out their limited time offerings this season.
So, after Katz's and the Doughnut Plant, we wanted to eat light (!) and went to the original location of Luke's Lobster, one of my favorites for Lobster rolls. I was very excited because it was a first for Valentin. In France, lobster is still considered a luxurious ingredients that you will mainly find in expensive restaurants, although few spots in Paris have been trying to impose this delicious lobster sandwich.
The place is very small, with a tiny kitchen and a decor that is all about fishing, and we got lucky to find a spot to seat.
We decided to go for their lobster roll, too full to try their trio (shrimp roll, crab roll and lobster roll).
We got served fairly quickly. There was a lot of lobster and there was a buttery smell emanating from the sandwich. It was ...
Luke’s Lobster: Just a hype
Dear Food Diary:
It’s only been open for 2 weeks, yet it’s already gotten dozens and dozens of reviews across all foodie blogs. I’ve heard mix reviews, and even though my friend passionate caterer strongly advised me to go elsewhere, I had to be my own taste judge.
I really wanted to like it. I mean, $14 for a lobster roll is quite tempting, and did I mention I love lobster? maybe not as much as crab, but it’s up there. The lobster meat was cold and although a generous portion of big chunks of meat, it all tasted like it was from a packaged seasoning, my friend actually felt it tasted like the little packs you get with your instant noodle, ouch. I appreciate the very light mayo, but it just didn’t seem to be complete, there just wasn’t enough flavor, and I would of liked a little contrast in texture, maybe a hint of crunch from finely chopped celery, or a small slaw, anything. Don’t get me wrong, I like getting my money worth of good’old lobster meat and only lobster meat, but not when it just feels like an unfinished thought. The orange-ginger soda was interesting and Miss Vickie’s Jalepeno Chips were great, and gave it an extra burst of flavor, but that doesn’t count.
The Crab Roll was basically the same concept as the Lobster Roll, only well… you guessed it, lumps of crab meat. Same seasoning, same toasted buttery bread, nothing to keep craving and come back for.
The Empress Crab Claw was good, but also cold (I’m more of a warm lobster and crab kind of gal, specially a whole crab, with roe and all. And lobster sashimi being an exception of course). You get the natural flavors of the crab, but again, nothing I can’t get somewhere else in the city.
I’m not sure if “affordable” really is the selling point here, it wasn’t great, it wasn’t totally bad, just bla, very bla. I must say, this is all just hype. And since today is Wednesday, I would much rather go to Essex Restaurant and get their Whole Steamed Maine Lobster Special for $16, yeah, no typo, whole lobster, with herb potatoes and corn, I bet there isn’t a whole lobster’s worth of meat in Luke’s lobster roll, which is pre-cooked and ziplock packed by the way. Essex and chinatown is where I’d go to get ma’ lobsta’ fix. From what I remember, I had a way more satisfying lobster roll experience the last time I was at Ed’s Lobster Bar, a while ago, but memorable at least.
Luke’s Lobster is a seafood restaurant located between1st Ave & Avenue A in East Village. 96%, out of 1150 reviews are 3+ stars! This is set up more as a take-out establishment, with very few seats.
The portions are small for the price according to most reviewers, but this seems to depends on who's cooking when you order. Their claim to fame seems to be their lobster roll, which either has a nice big chunk of lobster ... or entirely not enough.
The restaurant is very tiny with few seats. There are literally 6-8 seats, and a bar area. It is set up to be a takeout restaurant. People come in, pick up their order and leave.
Considering this restaurant is actually set up to be takeout, there isn't much said about the staff. There is no mention of orders being wrong, and the cashier is friendly. Based on reviews, you can count on your order being correct.