Luke's Lobster

  • 3.86
  • Excellent!
  • Food:4.3
  • Decor:3.0
  • Service:3.3

242 East 81st St., New York, NY 10028New York / Manhattan / Upper East Side  [ Map ]

(212) 249-4241  [ Website ]



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Luke's Lobster

    • 3.9
  • Food: 4.0
  • Decor: 3.1
  • Service: 3.4
  • Meal Price: $30 - $49

Too famous for lobster roll. 

stable taste every time with plenty of fresh lobsters. Would like to try the set next time which can try 3 kinds of rolls.(shrimp, crab, and lobster) Best to eat outside by getting it Togo when it's sunny.
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Freshest seafood rolls in the city

    • 4.0
  • Meal Price: $10 - $19

I love this place, I actually enjoy their shrimp rolls a lot more than their lobster and crab. The seafood combined with their form of garlic bread roll simply melts in mouth. Though a bit pricey for a small roll, it is definitely worth a try!

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J comeamos a comilana do dia . A primeira parada foi no Luke's Lobster para um lobster roll. O po feito na chapa com manteiga e a lagosta temperada com limao , azeite e alguns ingredientes secretos deles. Super fresh e saboroso. roll

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Great Seafood

    • 4.0
  • Food: 4.5
  • Decor: 3.5
  • Service: 4.0

I had heard great things about Lukes lobster and had to give it a try. The Seafood is very goo,especially the lobster. It blows red lobster out of the water. A bit more pricey but it's well worth it. The service was pretty good to. The decor was a but out dated. Overall 4 stars. Good food and service OK decor.

Luke's Lobster

    • 4.0

I just wanted to try, and it is worth trying. My mouth was full of Lobster.

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Amazing Lobster!

    • 5.0
  • Food: 5.0
  • Decor: 5.0
  • Service: 5.0
  • Meal Price: $10 - $19

I went to Luke's Lobster a few months ago for the first time and have been hooked since then. These lobster rolls are heaven sent, the lobster has a nice clean taste. The staff are all really friendly and the restaurant has a nice new england feel to it. I love that everything they have there comes right from Maine from the lobster to their Microbrews. This place sure has a nice authentic feel to it. They also give you a card that you bring with you, for every 10 rolls you buy you get a free one. The only thing you need to do is bring the card with you and have them punch a hole for you and you're on your way to a free delicious lobster roll. 

Luke's Lobster

    • 4.0
Not a fan of lobster in general but I really enjoyed the shrimp and crab rolls! Nice they are in the Plaza Food Hall, easy to pop in for a bite to eat while in Midtown.

Great Lobster

    • 4.5
  • Food: 5.0
  • Decor: 3.0
  • Service: 4.0

Being a seafood lover I had to give Luke's Lobster a try after hearing great things about them. I was very impressed with the service as everyone was friendly. I of course ordered the lobster and it was amazing. It came out fresh and melted in my mouth. So good. 4.5 stars and I would recommend this place to anyone who loves seafood.

Luke's Lobster

Taste of Maine: Crab, Lobster, Shrimp roll, chips, root beer  #UES #NYC

Taste of Maine: Crab, Lobster, Shrimp roll, chips, root beer #UES #NYC

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Luke's Lobster

Lobster Roll: 4/5

Lobster Roll: 4/5

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Luke's Lobster Upper East Side

    • 5.0
  • Food: 5.0
  • Decor: 3.0
  • Service: 3.5
  • Meal Price: $10 - $19





Food: ☆☆☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆

Cost: $$

Must try: Lobster and Shrimp rolls


Luke Holden is the grand master of the lobster roll.

Born and raised in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, Luke grew up surrounded by the freshest of seafood as his father owned and ran a seafood processing company. Luke sources his seafood from the family business and that ensures using the best quality meats for his rolls.

Luke’s Lobster has several locations in the city and they do the rounds of street fair such as Hester Street on the weekends. The menu is straightforward and offers lobster, crab or shrimp rolls, seafood chowders, Miss Vickies chips, Maine root sodas and whoopie pies.

What I love about the rolls at Lukes is the simplicity of it. It’s all about the using the freshest of seafood and dressing it with the most minimal of flavorings. A little butter to warm the roll, a splash of mayo and their “secret spices” to garnish the seafood – that’s it.

That’s what makes rolls at Luke’s Lobster the very best!


Here is some of what we ate:



Clam Chowder



Lobster Roll






Crab Roll




Shrimp Roll


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Counter Tipping at Luke’s Lobster Hurt My Feelings



Don’t be $hellfi$h! Wow. Just wow.


Being excited about eating a lobster roll at Luke’s Lobster sent us to the UES in New York City at five o’clock. It’s not easy to get a cab at this time, especially when it’s raining, but we did it all for the lobster roll. Please play the smallest violin for us right now. The building where Luke’s Lobster is located is smaller than the small violin you just played for us. It is the tiniest building to ever be considered a building. There are maybe six counter seats, one regular booth, and one medium table. This is apparently working out for Luke’s Lobster because everyone loves Luke’s Lobster so much it hurts.


The cash register girl who stands behind a counter taking orders must be extra happy with herself every single shift she works. This counter-order-taker gets to take orders, ring the orders into the system, then get tipped for her fingers pushing buttons. People who fall for the order-at-the-counter-then-tip-the-cashier trap are as sad as saying goodbye forever to someone you love. I’m still kicking myself and we’ve been home for days. Holy cow. Counter tipping has always had the power to force tumbleweed to roll around here, but this time was the absolute worst.


We ordered about $60 worth of food and drinks. I started silently freaking out when she handed me the credit card slip with a spot to tip. Usually I’m as cool as Fonzie, but no, not this time. The line of hungry New Yorkers behind me was forming fast. We were at Luke’s Lobster! What is going on? My brain left the building before using common sense, so she received $12 for taking my order. Holy freaking moly.


The worst part about this tipping travesty is that I tried to force mental positivity upon myself while waiting for our food, thinking maybe she would actually do something like refill our water or maybe check on us. No. No way. Nope. Nada. Nothing. None of this happened. And, yes, I wanted a side of mayonnaise for my lobster roll. Me getting up to get drink refills more than twice, along with the mayo and yada equals an above average growl.


cole slaw

cole slaw


Then, just when it seemed like the counter cashier of total shadiness couldn’t have screwed me over more, I realized there was an up-charge for cole slaw. Come again? This is a huge deal because when I ordered she said, “Would you like chips or cole slaw?” Oh, really? Translation is that those are my two choices. This should not mean I’m either getting chips included or paying a few extra dollars for cole slaw. This girl should be spanked.


lobster roll

lobster roll


So, as I’m sitting at the one booth in the building we barely grabbed (play the violin again), while not enjoying memories of getting ripped off at the counter,  I began eating the lobster roll with a side of mayo. Slowly, I watched her close out all of the checks for the day while gleefully entering her tips before the actual close of each check took place. Is this sweating the small stuff? No, not when my chef friend from Boston laughed at me on Facebook for posting the lobster roll picture and letting all of facebook know I counter tipped. Geez. Talk about feeling like a counter tipping loser.


As we finished our Luke’s Lobster meal, I realized I was expected to bus my own table as well. Double wow. Let this be a lesson to all. Counter tipping is for losers. Tipping a cashier at the counter for taking your order is not the right thing to do. Please, do not be a counter tipping loser– ever.

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Luke's Lobster

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Luke's Lobster

A summer must have: lobster roll  |   #LD

A summer must have: lobster roll | #LD

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Luke's Lobster

    • 4.5
I stopped in with a few friends not long ago. The lobster rolls are fantastic. We all thought so. I also tried the crab roll, which was out of this world. Everyone was so nice and friendly. The place itself was very welcoming. I'd definitely go back again.

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Luke's Lobster

First time here and I must say that it won't be the last!

First time here and I must say that it won't be the last!

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Luke's Lobster

    • 5.0
This is the go to place in the city for Lobster Rolls. They are served on a grilled bun and the lobster and crab are overflowing but the bun is on the small side. It can get really crowded so be prepared to wait. The atmosphere is laid back, fun and casual - perfect spot for lunch!


    • 3.8
  • Food: 4.0
  • Decor: 3.7
  • Service: 3.3
  • Meal Price: $10 - $19

The lobster roll, lightly baked bread, the Robususuta about overflowing, it is what you sandwiched.
Rukuzu lobster is a shop of reputation of the recently delicious in New York.
Lobster itself of direct delivery from the owner home is also delicious fresh, but more Yes to the secret of seasoned, exquisite taste.
Other, there is shrimp, also crab, which is also delicious, you trouble to choose.

Luke's Lobster

Taste of Maine from Luke's

Taste of Maine from Luke's

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Information of Luke's Lobster

242 East 81st St., New York, NY 10028
Phone Number
(212) 249-4241
Business Hours
Sun:11:00AM - 10:00PM
Mon:11:00AM - 10:00PM
Tue:11:00AM - 10:00PM
Wed:11:00AM - 10:00PM
Thu:11:00AM - 10:00PM
Fri:11:00AM - 11:00PM
Sat:11:00AM - 11:00PM
family / friends / alone
Dress code
Wheelchair accessible
Credit cards
Outdoor dining
Smoking area
Valet parking
Dogs allowed

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Quick Summary

Luke's Lobster is a seafood restaurant located in New York, NY and the restaurant specializes in seafood. The specials of Luke's Lobster is in fact Lobster and crab. The most popular dishes are shrimp and lobster. There are many seafood restaurants out there but none of the specialize in Lobster like Luke does. The food is delicious and the menu has a wide variety of options.
Most say Luke's Lobster is a friendly restaurant with a coastal-like charm. Eating here feels like one could be on a boat or in some country where seafood is popular. Others say this atmosphere is best for dates that love seafood or for couples and individuals alike to try something exotic.
Some say the service is a bit on the slow side while others really enjoy the social gathering that the restaurant provides. This restaurant has a reputation for offering high quality foods and this may be the reason why it takes a while to eat. However it does not take long at all to be served.

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