New York

Where to Get Lobster Rolls in NYC This Summer

If you can't get to the beach, take one to the park.

Courtesy of Greenpoint Fish & Lobster Co.
Courtesy of Greenpoint Fish & Lobster Co.
Courtesy of Greenpoint Fish & Lobster Co.

Nothing says summer in NYC like a lobster roll, and after months of eating mostly out of our own fridge, it feels like we’ve earned it (price tag and all). For an excellent lobster roll, the lobster must be substantial, the mayo (or even better, butter!) should be subtle, and the bun needs to be hefty enough to serve as a proper shellfish vehicle without competing against its raison d’être. And most importantly, according to Steve Kingston, owner of The Clam Shack in Kennebunkport, Maine, fresh lobster meat is vital.

Churning out up to 1,200 pounds of lobster daily, which is 400-500 sandwiches, Kingston knows a few things about what makes a great lobster roll. “It’s a really, really simple sandwich but we have to focus on using the very best quality ingredients, and that starts with picking your own lobster meat to keep it as fresh as possible,” Kingston says. Lobsters take on the taste of the water that they’re in, the ocean essentially marinating the meat, meaning that the less time a lobster spends away from its natural habitat before hitting your plate, the tastier it will be.

Now close your eyes, pretend you’re in Maine, and enjoy some of the city’s best lobster rolls with your mask on and while safely social distancing.

Greenpoint Fish & Lobster Co. 

Greenpoint
This sustainable seafood market, oyster bar, and restaurant in Greenpoint is a go-to for top-notch lobster in Brooklyn. The lobster roll here (plated with pickles, fries and a citrusy slaw) is generous enough to share, but you won’t want to, with succulent hand-picked chunks of lobster meat, diced celery for crunch, and a light dressing of mayo, lemon and tarragon for some zing, all tucked into a split brioche bun. 
How to order: Order from walk-up window on Nassau Ave., or via Postmates

Courtesy of Red Hook Lobster Pound
Courtesy of Red Hook Lobster Pound
Courtesy of Red Hook Lobster Pound

Red Hook Lobster Pound

Red Hook
For the mayo-phobic, Red Hook Lobster Pound’s Connecticut-style lobster roll is the way to go. Served warm, claw and knuckle meat is poached in butter and lemon and served on a roll garnished with paprika and scallions, offering all the indulgence of a lobster dinner, without any of the tricky de-shelling work. Other unconventional renditions include a Tuscan-style lobster roll with meat tossed in a basil vinaigrette, and a crisp fried lobster roll, garnished with a generous squirt of kewpie mayo. 
How to order: Reserve outdoor seating via Resy, or via Caviar

Courtesy of The Crabby Shack
Courtesy of The Crabby Shack
Courtesy of The Crabby Shack

The Crabby Shack

Crown Heights 
Mash-up pastries had their moment, but it’s time for New York to obsess about another obvious combo that melds two excellent dishes into one: The Clobster Roll. Half lobster meat, half crab, this hot sandwich marries the richness, sweetness, and saltiness of both meats with a generous dose of melted garlic butter and a cozy home in a potato bun. 
How to order: Outdoor seating available or via DoorDash, Grubhub, Uber Eats, Seamless

Sea Wolf

Bushwick, Williamsburg
This Bushwick favorite recently expanded to the Williamsburg waterfront, where the same sustainable seafood menu is served in a socially distant manner. You won’t want to distance yourself from this generously packed lobster roll, however, topped with hot drawn butter and a healthy dose of Old Bay, all stuffed into a split bun and served with a side salad, for health. 
How to order: Outdoor seating available or via Caviar, DoorDash, website

Lobster Joint
Lobster Joint
Lobster Joint

Lobster Joint

Greenpoint, Williamsburg
Serving “New England Comfort Food,” The Lobster Joint offers five varieties of lobster rolls: The classic New England roll with fresh herb mayo, the Connecticut served warm with butter, the Club Roll with avocado and bacon, the B.L.T., and the Mexican roll with pico de gallo and guacamole. And for any low-carb diners, swap out the bun for bibb lettuce. 
How to order: Visit walk-in window, sidewalk seating available or via Caviar

Pilot

Pier 6, Brooklyn Bridge Park
Dining and drinking on the parked historic boat that serves as Pilot’s seasonal home may be as close to you get to yachting this summer, and that’s totally okay. The lobster roll is top notch, with succulent Maine lobster pieces coated in an herb, fennel, lemon, and dulse (a type of seaweed) emulsion all lined with thinly-sliced pickled cucumbers to keep the toasted bun crisp. 
How to order: Make reservations online, or via website

Grand Banks
Grand Banks
Grand Banks

Grand Banks

Pier 25, Hudson River Park
This nautical oyster bar atop a historic schooner serves the same lobster rolls as its younger sibling restaurant, Pilot (mentioned above).  
How to order: Reservations online, or via website

The Clam

West Village
The humble lobster roll goes upscale at this romantic restaurant, where it’s served as a fried clam and lobster slider. Deep-fried clam strips add a nice crunch on top of a generous scoop of lobster salad, sandwiched between two griddled brioche buns. Add a side of seafood chowder. 
How to order: Call 212-242-7420 to reserve outdoor seating, or via website

Courtesy of Luke's Lobster
Courtesy of Luke’s Lobster
Courtesy of Luke’s Lobster

Luke’s Lobster

Multiple locations
Serving exclusively Maine lobsters, Luke’s whips up a refined version of the beachside meal, lightly dressing hunks of meat in slightly seasoned mayo and piling the bright red claws into a soft hot dog bun. Upgrade to a jumbo size. 
How to order: Walk in to order at the counter, or via Grubhub, Postmates, Uber Eats

Mary’s Fish Camp

West Village
A New England seafood shack meets West Village prestige at Mary’s, which serves an old school mayo-soaked lobster roll. Lobster chunks are tucked in a fluffy hot roll with a smattering of chives and fresh lemon to spritz on top. A side of slaw, salad or shoestring fries is included with the $34 entree. 
How to order: Outdoor seating available or via websiteSign up here for our daily NYC email and be the first to get all the food/drink/fun New York has to offer.

Melissa is a writer based in NYC. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram.

New York

Scavenge for Peeps Cookies and More Fun Treats in NYC This Easter

The best Easter desserts in NYC this spring include Easter Bunny Churros and Carrot Cake Macarons.

Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery

As spring makes its way through New York City, not only do we get to enjoy beautiful weather, stunning cherry blossoms, and cool activities priced at $Free.99, but it’s also the perfect time for some limited-edition desserts.

With Easter fast approaching, bakeries are filling their shops with tons of chocolate eggs, carrot cake-flavoured everything and all types of flavours that offer both nostalgia and innovation within the city’s dessert landscape. After you’ve picked up a cake from the city’s best new bakeries, from Easter Bunny Churros to Carrot Cake Macarons, here are 8 Easter desserts to try in NYC right now.

Photo courtesy of Magnolia Bakery
Photo courtesy of Magnolia Bakery
Photo courtesy of Magnolia Bakery

Magnolia Bakery

Throughout April
Various locations
There’s great news for devotees of Magnolia Bakery’s Classic Banana Pudding: For Easter, the spot is mixing up the iconic dessert’s vanilla pudding with some carrot cake. The Carrot Cake Pudding is filled with freshly grated carrots, coconuts, pineapples, raisins, and walnuts. And if both bananas and carrots aren’t your thing, they’ll be offering their Classic Vanilla Cupcakes in pastel colours with a Cadbury chocolate egg hidden inside.

Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery

Funny Face Bakery

Through Easter Sunday
NoHo and Seaport
Known for their celebrity face and meme-worthy decorated cookies, fans of Funny Face Bakery know that a new fun design is always just around the corner. For Easter, they’ve created the adorable Hoppy Easter decorated cookie that resembles a classic box of marshmallow Peeps. Along with that, they also have the return of their fan-favourite Caramel Pretzel Chip cookie flavour, plus a set of three mini-decorated cookies perfect for gifting.

The Doughnut Project

Friday, April 7 through Easter Sunday
West Village
With the ever-changing flavours at The Doughnut Project, it’s super easy to miss out on trying out a new debut. But this Easter weekend, there will be two new flavours available. One is of course, a carrot cake doughnut topped with a cream cheese glaze, and the other is known as the Doughnut Nest-a French cruller “nest” with a cream-filled doughnut hole “egg” in the centre.

Photo by Cole Saladino, courtesy of The Fragile Flour
Photo by Cole Saladino, courtesy of The Fragile Flour
Photo by Cole Saladino, courtesy of The Fragile Flour

The Fragile Flour

Wednesday, April 5 through Easter Sunday
East Village
For stellar vegan desserts this holiday, head to The Fragile Flour, a plant-based bakery and dessert wine bar. They’re known for going all out for each holiday with a variety of new pastry options that you can pair perfectly with a glass of wine. This Easter, they’ll have a whole dessert menu that’s both delicious and gorgeous for posting on IG. The menu includes Stuffed Carrot Cake Cookies, a Lemon Cake (whole or by the slice), some festive cupcakes, and specialty macarons.

Photo courtesy of Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate
Photo courtesy of Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate
Photo courtesy of Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate

Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate

Through mid April
Midtown
For a luxurious take on Easter chocolates, browse the selections available at Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate. You can even pick the Easter Signature Chef’s Selection for a special box curated by award-winning chefs. For something other than chocolate, choose between the Carrot Cake Macarons or the cake flavored Easter Marshmallow Trio, both of which are almost too cute to eat.

La Churreria

Throughout April
Nolita
This churro-centric spot is putting the cutest Easter spin on their crispy cinnamon churros by twisting them up into bunnies and bunny ears. At Churreria, choose from a Bunny Churro Lollipop topped with your choice of chocolate or dulce de leche and sprinkles, or the bunny ear churros in the Ube and Matcha ice cream sundae or the Ube Milkshake, both of which are made with ice cream from il laboratorio del gelato.

Photo by Briana Balducci
Photo by Briana Balducci
Photo by Briana Balducci

Lafayette

Throughout April
NoHo
You’ve surely seen this croissant tons of times while scrolling through IG or TikTok, whether it’s the Pain au Chocolat one or the latest of the month. Known as Supr√™mes, these filled croissants went viral and continue to live up to the hype each time a new flavour comes out. April’s flavour-sour cherry amaretto with a Luxardo custard and toasted almonds. While you’ll have to be super early and wait in line during one of their three drops of the day to get a taste, we promise you it’ll be worth it.

Photo courtesy of Levain
Photo courtesy of Levain
Photo courtesy of Levain

Levain

Seasonal
Various locations
We all know the iconic cookies from Levain-they’re gigantic, perfectly crispy and chewy, and well worth the long lines. For spring, the shop is launching a new flavour: Caramel Coconut Chocolate Chip. Filled with gooey caramel chips, fresh shredded coconut, and melty dark chocolate, it’s one you’ve got to try while it’s still around. To further celebrate the new season, all of Levain’s storefronts will be decked out in spring floral displays, serving as the perfect backdrop for pictures.

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Alaina Cintron is an Editorial Assistant at Thrillist. Her work can also be found in Westchester Magazine, Girls’ Life, and Spoon University. When she’s not at her desk typing away, you can find her exploring a local coffee shop or baking a new recipe.

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