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Red Hook Lobster Roll

We finally tried the lobster roll from the Red Hook Lobster Pound at Madison Square Eats. Truth be told, I was up in Portland Maine less than a month ago and had some amazing lobster rolls up there, so the bar was really high. However, I have heard great things about the Red Hook Lobster Pound and how they actually drive up to Maine each week to get their lobsters and then have a facility in Brooklyn to hold them for sale and sandwiches.

They serve Lobster Rolls ($16) in either Maine style (cold lobster) or Connecticut style (warm lobster with butter), but we opted for the Maine style. It features chilled lobster that tasted remarkably fresh with just a touch of mayo on a toasted roll. (SEE actual photo here) After having other disappointing lobster rolls in the city that either was light on lobster, tasted like canned lobster, or was so chopped up and drowned in mayo that it was kind of gross, I can say that the Red Hook Lobster Pound rolls are much better than others I have had in new York City. For those of you who know great lobster roll spots in Massachusetts and Maine, you might be a little disappointed, but considering the lobsters have to travel a bit to get you your plate in the city, these are very good. But don’t take our word for it, check out the Lobster Truck’s 4 stars on Yelp.

Beyond lobster rolls they also serve a Shrimp Roll (sweet Maine shrimp and homemade tarragon mayo for $9), New England Clam Chowder ($7), Shrimp & Corn Chowder ($6) and Lobster Mac & Cheese ($9).

Madison Square Eats is hosted by the Madison Square Park Conservancy and serves food daily from 11am-9pm until October 21st in the Worth Square area just west of Madison Square Park (@ 24th and 5th Avenue).

Here are the Madison Square Eats Menus from almost every stand!

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