Friday, October 16, 2009

Luke's Lobster

Squished between another favorite restaurant of mine, Caracas Arepas Bar, is Luke's Lobster, maker of the $14 all meat lobster roll. I paid a visit recently and was quite impressed. The roll was buttery, the meat was amazing, tender and very sweet. The mayo wasn't mixed with the meat but rather spread on the inside of the roll. Wasn't sure how I'd feel about that but it was fine. Best of all, NO CELERY!!! Yes, they do give a sprinkle of celery salt, which was an awesome addition, but you don't have to worry about any crunch ruining a bite.

Luke's also has a neat start-up story. Luke grew up in Maine and his dad owns a seafood processing plant. When Luke moved to NYC for a job in finance, he was faced with the standard $25+ lobster roll in the city. Knowing that he could do better, he has teamed up with his dad to open Luke's Lobster

So how does it compare? Ed's Lobster Bar is double the cost. In Ed's favor though, their pickles and fries really combine with the roll for a whole meal. You can get chips and Maine sodas at Luke's but I felt like something was missing when I finished my roll. But come on, for a $14 all meat lobster roll you can't go wrong with Luke's. A great edition to the Lower East Side!!


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