Everybody knows that Luke’s Lobster makes one of the best, if not THE best lobster roll in NYC, but last week they rolled out something a little different. The Lobster Grilled Cheese. I was in there to grab one of those sweet and amazing rolls when I saw a fellow patron’s basket with something grilled and cheesy inside. I politely inquired what it was only to find out that they had just put this looks-like-mom-made-it creation on the winter menu earlier that day. I went for it.Oh man, this sandwich was amazing! They take Luke’s succulent lobster meat and some Gruyère cheese then grill them up between two good old-fashioned buttery slices of white bread. This decidedly low/high brow combination makes for one hell of a party in your mouth. I had mine with a cup of their delicious seafood chowder and a Maine Sarsaparilla Soda and I’m seriously craving that combination again as I write these words. I’m not going to trade the Lobster Grilled Cheese every time for my cherished Lobster Roll at Luke’s, but I am certainly going to alternate while it’s on their winter menu. And if you haven’t tried Luke’s Lobster, you must. They keep it simple, fresh and so damn good in everything they do. And, goddamn! They are up to nine locations now! Seems like they just opened their first on East 7th Street yesterday.
I really love my apartment, but unlike my pal Greg, I do not have any private outdoor space associated with it. This isn’t a huge deal November through February, but during the other months it’s something that my wife and I find pretty lamentable. But lucky enough for the terrace-deprived, there are lots of options around town for outdoor fun. There’s a little known bar on a deserted street in Red Hook named Rocky Sullivan’s that is one of our favorites.
Hidden away on the top of a very dark and cozy Irish pub is one of the best roof decks around! You’re right near the riverfront so it has a very welcome breeze and if you go on the early side, you basically have the place to yourself. Grab one of the long wooden tables and kick back with drinks and friends. And here’s a tip: go on Friday at 6pm. They have a partnership with Red Hook Lobster Pound and host an old fashioned Lobster Bake with steamed lobsters, fresh summer corn, coleslaw, potato salad, the works!
Tucked away under a hard-to-find stoop on St. Luke’s Place is quite possibly the best place to get a sandwich in New York City. Better Being Undergroundis tiny and crowded, but so worth the trip/wait/search for the most amazing lunchtime creations.
It was rediculous. In fact I’d like to have another one. Right now. Try to get there early as the best stuff runs out by early afternoon. But whenever you get there, enjoy!
Talk about a craving! For me, lobster rolls are sort of a Less Than Zero experience. I think about them, and then I have to get a fix. Immediately. Good thing the Red Hook Lobster Pound is only about 10 minutes away on the bike. Think of it: fresh-picked Maine lobster, a touch of homemade mayo, a bit of celery and spices on a buttery top-split potato hot dog bun. Drool worthy. For my buck, Red Hook has the best and the freshest version in town. Better than Mary’s Fish Camp, even. I’m not trying to stir up trouble, just speaking truth to power.