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New York City’s Best Lobster Rolls

Nothing says summer like lobster salad tucked into a griddled bun. Lobster rolls, made famous in small Northeast beach towns, are now sold all over New York City. We’re partial to our rolls  here at the Refinery— served either warm Connecticut-style or chill Maine-style with Aleppo pepper for a little extra kick—but we still have other favorites around town. Though they can be pricey (it’s lobster, after all), some are definitely worth the splurge. Here are our five favorites.

Mary’s Fish Camp

MAYO OR BUTTER: Mayo
SECRET INGREDIENTS: Celery and chopped scallions
BEST FOR: Lunch—otherwise be prepared for a long wait.
PRICE: Market Price
Mary’s Fish Camp is a quaint and cozy fish shack tucked away in the West Village. Lobster rolls often sell out by quickly, so come here early.

Mary’s Fish Camp, 64 Charles Street, New York; 718-783-3264

Red Hook Lobster Pound

MAYO OR BUTTER? Both! Red Hook serves a warm butter Connecticut style roll and a cold Maine style roll.
SECRET INGREDIENT: Bacon
BEST FOR: The freshest lobster—delivered daily from Maine straight to Brooklyn.
PRICE: From $16-$22
Husband and wife Susan Povich and Ralph Gorham run this famous Brooklyn lobster shack. While most places sells either a warm, buttery Connecticut-style roll or a chilled, mayo-y Maine-style roll, Red Hook makes terrific renditions of both, plus a delicious lobster BLT.

Red Hook Lobster Pound, Red Hook Location, 284 Van Brunt St, Brooklyn; 718-858-7650

Pearl Oyster Bar

MAYO OR BUTTER: Mayo
SECRET INGREDIENT: Plenty of creamy mayo on all lobster rolls.
BEST FOR: A dinner date for two.
PRICE: Market Price
These lobster rolls are big enough to share—especially with a side of shoestring fries (though most people get their own because it’s that good!). Tucked away on one of the cutest streets in the West Village, Pearl’s Oyster Bar is romantic and charming. Grab a seat at the bar, and peruse the great wine list.

Pearl Oyster Bar, 18 Cornelia Street, New York; 212-691-8211

Luke’s Lobster

MAYO or BUTTER: Mayo AND lemon butter
SECRET INGREDIENT: Blend of savory spices.
BEST FOR: Lobster on the go. With eight locations in NYC and a fleet of mobile outposts, Luke’s Lobster is easily accessible.
PRICE: $16
There’s no such thing as a lobster roll tour of NYC that does not include Luke’s—it just doesn’t happen (and for good reason). The famous Maine-style roll is light—owner Luke Holden opts for a swipe of mayo instead of smothering the meat in the creamy sauce, then drizzles the quarter pound of lobster meat in lemon butter and a batch of secret spices.

Luke’s Lobster, Midtown East location, 207 E.43rd St, New York; 212-657-0066

Ed’s Lobster Bar

MAYO or BUTTER: Mayo
SECRET INGREDIENT: Less mayo. Owner Ed McFarland goes light on the mayo to set his roll apart.
BEST FOR: Bragging rights—this local chef’s lobster roll rivals anything you’ll find in Maine.
PRICE: Market Price
Walking past Ed’s Lobster Bar in SoHo, you just might mistake the restaurant for a charming New England home by the water. But owner Ed Mcfarland is a native New Yorker who whips up one of the best rolls in NYC. And the seafood sandwich is super simple—just a little salt and pepper, fresh lemon juice with celery and chives. The lobster roll at Ed’s is not the only delicious item on the menu (lobster meatballs!), but it is the shining star.

Ed’s Lobster Bar, 222 Lafayette St, New York; 212-343-3236

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