Red Hook Lobster Pound

  • 3.72
  • Wonderful!
  • Food:4.2
  • Decor:3.9
  • Service:3.9

284 Van Brunt St., Brooklyn, NY 11231New York / Brooklyn / Red Hook  [ Map ]

(718) 858-7650  [ Website ]

Seafood / Desserts / Sandwiches$10 - $19

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Eat Lobsters Fresh From the Tank!

    • 3.5
  • Food: 3.5
  • Decor: 2.5
  • Service: 2.5
  • Meal Price: $20 - $29

Eneter Here!Order Here!Eat Here!They don't have a bathroom.

This restaurant is located in a remote area of Red Hook. My friend and I took the G train to Carrol Street and walked 20 minuntes, at one point even crossing a highway. The counter where you place your order is adjacent to a separate dining area. The line was out the door when we got there after 8PM.

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When someone ordered a whole lobster, the person behind the counter would emerge to grab a still living lobster from one of two tanks near the line of hungry customers.

Connecticut Lobster Roll, Lobster Mac & Cheese, Lobster Bisque and Watermelon Cucumber LemonadeConnecticut Lobster Roll

After waiting 15 mintues, we ordered a Connecticut Lobster Roll, Lobster Mac & Cheese, Lobster Bisque and Watermelon Cucumber Lemonade (it sounded very unique to me!). The roll looked a little smaller than those at other restaurants but it was just as tasty. The bisque and mac & cheese were not bad. The lemonade was very refreshing and went well with the roll.

Since we were not full, we went to wait on the line again and ordered a whole lobster with sweet potato fries. They grabbed a lobster from the tank for me.

A Whole LobsterA Whole Lobster

It was my first time eating a whole lobster so I didn't know how to eat it. I took a cue from someone eating a whole lobster next to me and used the cracker to break the shell open. The boiled lobster was cooked simply but it tasted great and we devoured it.

Sweet Potato Fries

The side of sweet potato fries was also delicious.

Although the retaurant is very far from the nearest subway station, it is worth the trek at least once to taste a fresh whole lobster.

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Featured Review

The Redhook Lobster Pound

    • 5.0
  • Food: 5.0
  • Decor: 5.0
  • Service: 5.0

Redhook Lobster Roll

I love Red Hook Lobster rolls. Like love. LOVE! I finally got to have one when I was visiting friends at Smorgasburg in Brooklyn.

The lobster has a salty seawater taste that is fantastic. Plus, I love that you can choose either Maine style (cold with mayo) or Connecticut style (hot with butter). The bun is beautifully buttered and toasted. And they really give you a lot of lobster meat, which is exactly how a lobster roll should be made. This was definitely the best lobster roll I have had in New York City. Damn, I wish I could have one right now.

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expensive but good

    • 3.0

By far the more superior lobster roll when compared to Luke's. This is only rivaled by Burger & Lobster.

 

Even after a walk home in the bag from the new outpost at Urban Space, Vanderbilt, this was still buttery and delicious. One side of the bun was a little soggy, but that was only due to the transport. Robust lobster flavors, excellent, perfectly cooked knuckle and claw meat, and great dressing. Well played!

 

Fresh from the Brooklyn flagship was pretty great too, though I still find lobster rolls to be too expensive, in general.

 

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Behold the Cobbster salad! Lobster bacon, egg, blue cheese, tomatoes, crispy onions, and an avocado

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Summer cravings. || The truth is that a lobster roll is the best part of a New York summer. They're

Summer cravings. || The truth is that a lobster roll is the best part of a New York summer. They're not too common here in Cape Town but I've been seeing them around and can't wait to see what the local take is. [...] eats gasm stagram

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Red Hook Lobster Pound

    • 4.0

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Happy #NationalLobsterDay!!! redhooklobster Connecticut #LobsterRoll smorgasburg. Served warm with butter and lemon, topped with paprika and scallions. lover

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The best lobster joint around

    • 5.0
  • Food: 5.0
  • Decor: 5.0
  • Service: 4.0
  • Meal Price: $10 - $19

I had a good overall experience at Red Hook. The staff seemed to be rushed and moved around quickly, so next time I would likely know what I want to order ahead of time. I had lobster mac & cheese which was delightful. The food was cooked better than expected; nothing tasted off in the slightest. The prices were quite reasonable. I'm definitely coming back when in the mood for sea food.

Red Hook Lobster Pound

    • 4.0
Red Hook Lobster Pound is a pretty great seafood restaurant in the Brooklyn area. The chowder is some of the best that I've ever had and I seem to end up getting it every time I visit Red Hook. The Lobster Roll is also a go to option of mine that I really enjoy. The lobster is very fresh and cooked perfectly. My girlfriends favorite item is the Lobster bisque.

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Fried Oysters Rockafella!!!!  the perfect Sunday afternoon snack. 
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Fried Oysters Rockafella!!!! the perfect Sunday afternoon snack. samthur #OnlyInNYC

LOBSTER MAC & CHEESE got me feeling all gooey and warm 
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LOBSTER MAC & CHEESE got me feeling all gooey and warm here I come. samthur #OnlyInNYC

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Red Hook Lobster Pound

No penny pinching here! Just clawful puns and redhooklobster's 'Connecticut style' lobster roll. You

No penny pinching here! Just clawful puns and redhooklobster's 'Connecticut style' lobster roll. You kind of feel like crying handing over $17 to buy this thing but once you try the (tiny) lightly toasted roll, warm butter and lemon lobster, with paprika and scallions, those tears of sadness will quickly turn to tears of joy. No joke, I cried a little.. Pure lobster heaven!

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Red Hook Lobster Pound

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Since I'm in Brooklyn, I might as well try this. #NYC #Brooklyn #RedHook    #COMMISHexperience

Since I'm in Brooklyn, I might as well try this. #NYC #Brooklyn #RedHook #COMMISHexperience

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Lobster rolls in #RedHook today.

Lobster rolls in #RedHook today.

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I deserve this.  I've been shellfish all my life. 

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I deserve this. I've been shellfish all my life. to sunnier & warmer times and delicious lobstah rolls at redhooklobster

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'Tis The Season... for Lobster Rolls

'Tis The Season... for Lobster Rolls

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The lobster roll.

The lobster roll.

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Red Hook Lobster Pound: Maine in Brooklyn (+recipes)

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Dear Food Diary:
This summer I couldn’t make it to Maine for the ultimate crustacean feast, but Red Hook Lobster Pound brought it to me…well, sorta… in Brooklyn…

Live lobsters steamed to order. It’s summer eatin’ every season here, where the tables are wooden, the bibs are hanging and getting your hands dirty is a must.
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I chase their trucks to satisfy my Lobster Roll (my favorite one in NYC) cravings, don’t get me wrong, BUT since I made it all the way to Red Hook, Brooklyn, I’m having the Fresh Steamed Lobster 1.5 lbs Dinner for $25.

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Live and fresh, the way any seafood should be eaten!

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The picnic style tables are next door. Ample room to roll up the sleeves and get all that succulent goodness, from head to claw. Sweet corn, tangy slaw and a mayo covered potato salad. Yum!

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Sweet and meaty. The slight bounce and chew is a stamp of its freshness. One dip in that butter and I was transported to Maine.

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Their Lobster mac and cheese is also not to be missed. Al dente pasta, cheesy, gooey and loaded with lobster chunks. The New England Clam Chowder has tons of clams. Rich and creamy. Mmm mmm good.

If you really can’t look at your food in the eye like my friend B, the Lobster Roll is of course your way to go, but I’d say don’t be a wimp! You can do it!

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Between the shrimp and lobster roll, lobster wins hand down! 

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Whether you’re driving or taking PT (I’ve done both and the bus actually stops almost in front of the store), Red Hook Lobster really isn’t that far away, surely closer than a trip to Maine.
And if you still have room for dessert, Brooklyn Farmacy and Soda Fountain is sorta close by.

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The Red Hook Lobster Pound

Last weekend, after Ken and I finally got back from all of our work trips and family trips, we spent some quality family time together and happened to stop by Red Hook Lobster Pound. We ordered the Maine lobster rolls as a quick snack before heading back to the city to meet up with the rest of my family for dinner together – these were quality rolls with fresh lobster:

 

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There are lots of lobsters in covered containers across from the cash register and if you pull up the lid, you can actually see the lobsters crawling around. They don’t pick a lobster to make your roll (because that would take way too long) but they have plenty to choose from throughout the day. The people that work there are super super nice – I wanted to get chips with my lobster roll (but Ken vetoed it because we were getting dinner as soon as we drove back to the city) so the cashier gave me a free lobster sugar cookie instead! It was the perfect snack before dinner after spending a full day outside with Ken and my cousin Andrew.

 

 

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Maine vs. Connecticut: Which Red Hook Lobster Pound 'Roll is better?

Ah, summer.  Just the word, alone, conjures up whimsical visions of the navy blue Atlantic, board shorts, beach cruisers, and every North Easterner's favorite warm-weather sandwich, the lobster roll.  Now, before I delve in to the difference between Maine and Connecticut-style 'rolls, I think it would be a good idea, just for those of you out there who do not know what a lobster roll is, to give you a brief description (per Wikipedia, of course):

 

  • "A lobster roll is a kind of sandwich filled with lobster meat.  A traditional lobster roll contains the fresh cooked meat of a lobster, tossed with mayonnaise and served on a grilled hot dog bun or similar roll, so that the opening is on the top rather than on the side. The filling may also contain diced celery and/or scallion, or may use drawn butter instead of or in addition to mayonnaise. The sandwich may also contain lettuce, lemon juice, salt and black pepper...."

OK, so now that you're up to speed on what a lobster roll is, let's discuss the difference between lobster roll styles: Connecticut vs. Maine.

 

  • Connecticut-style lobster roll: lobster meat and butter.  That's it.
  • Maine-style lobster roll: lobster meat + spices and chopped celery, bound together by mayonnaise.  This is the most traditional 'roll.

Red Hook Lobster Pound is located in, you guessed it, Red Hook.  Brooklyn.  That wouldn't be a big deal, except for the fact that my friends and I decided that we should *bike* to the 'Pound from our home base in Manhattan.  Considering that I was rocking my one-speed beach cruiser, the journey was a little bit tougher than I had expected - especially those round trip climbs up the Brooklyn Bridge.  Ouch!  Needless to say, all of the pedaling and huff-puffing made every single bite of my meal that much more enjoyable. 

 

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Connecticut-style lobster roll  

 

  • Bun: A+
  • Quality of lobster meat: A+
  • Condiments: scallions, C+
  • Compatibility of particular style to bun, lobster meat, condiments: B-
  • Verdict: I found the scallions/green onions too pungent and crunchy for the delicate lobster meat.  As far as the "style" is concerned, the butter bath in which the lobster chunks were bound was awkwardly sour and tangy.

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Maine-style lobster roll

 

  • Bun: A+
  • Quality of lobster meat: A+
  • Condiments: scallions, A- / iceberg lettuce, C+
  • Compatibility of particular style to bun, lobster meat, condiments: A+
  • Verdict: I did not find the scallions/green onions on this particular style offensive because they were not overly used.  However, I found the iceberg lettuce shreds to be a bit of a random afterthought.  Call me a creature of habit/a traditionalist, but THIS is how a lobster roll is supposed to be made.  Folks, we have a winner! 

 

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Information of Red Hook Lobster Pound

Location
284 Van Brunt St., Brooklyn, NY 11231
Phone Number
(718) 858-7650
Category
Seafood / Desserts / Sandwiches
Average Price
$10 - $19 | Dinner
Business Hours
Sun:11:30AM - 9:00PM
Mon:
Tue:11:30AM - 9:00PM
Wed:11:30AM - 9:00PM
Thu:11:30AM - 9:00PM
Fri:11:30AM - 10:00PM
Sat:11:30AM - 10:00PM
Occasion
family / friends / alone
Dress code
Casual
Reservation
Yes, Make Reservation
Wheelchair accessible
Yes
Credit cards
Yes
Outdoor dining
No
Delivery
No
Takeout
Yes
Caters
Yes
Dogs allowed
No
Website
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Quick Summary

The Red Hook Lobster Pound is the absolute go-to place for amazing seafood in Brooklyn. Customers brag that the Red Hook has the best lobster roll around - with an entire 1/2 pound of whole lobster pieces; you can even customize the lobster roll by choosing which state you want it from. The only complaint is the price - but for that much lobster (and that quality), it can’t be beat.The Red Hook Lobster Pound is as casual as it can get. It’s fabulous for any event - and welcoming for dates, family-style, meetings, anything. The dining area is very “picnic-y” - and there’s seating available outside and inside. The fast-casual feel of the restaurant simply feels like summer time at the beach!No matter how busy The Red Hook Lobster Pound is, the service is always super quick. After ordering, there’s rarely more than a 5-10 minute wait for a meal. The staff is very friendly and if there is even the slightest issue, they do their absolute best to make it right - and what more can you ask?

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