I'm not sure I altogether approve of lobster rolls being available beyond New England (see rant here) but if they are going to take up residence in Manhattan, I'm glad that there are some lobster rolls like those at Luke's Lobster: Priced like Maine, made like Maine. The kind you can walk with, and eat two of for lunch. I kinda knew, from the moment I saw the blackboard listing where today's lobster was from, that this was going to be good.
It was wicked good. Chunks of claw and knuckle meat, lightly dressed, in a perfectly grilled trad bun. No fork needed. Bruce, the man from Maine, wanted to know what happened to the tail and body meat, not to mention the roe and tomalley. I expect that they'll turn up in the bisques and stews that are said to be coming soon.
I'm looking forward to going back for a crab roll. As anyone who knows crabs knows: Maryland's got the rep; Maine's got the crab.
(Luke's Lobster is at 93 East 7th St., bet 1st & A. Limited seating, but a great many lobster joints in Maine don't have any seating at all. Lobster rolls are $14; small ones $8.)
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