Eat Lobsters Fresh From the Tank!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Redhook Lobster Pound
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.
expensive but good
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.
The best lobster joint around
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
Red Hook Lobster Pound
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!
Red Hook Lobster Pound: Maine in Brooklyn (+recipes)
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.
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.
Live and fresh, the way any seafood should be eaten!
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.
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!
Between the shrimp and lobster roll, lobster wins hand down!
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.
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:
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.
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):
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.
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.
Taking a breather on the Brooklyn Bridge: Ceci and yours truly
Connecticut-style lobster roll
Maine-style lobster roll
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?