The Maine Course: NYC’s Best Summer Lobster Rolls

Lobster rolls in the summertime: people travel from all over the world to experience a taste of the New England bliss that we so often take for granted. Whether it be the fresh pieces of local lobster, the lightly toasted golden roll, or the “I-don’t-even-want-to-think-about-it” amounts of butter that we hate to love, there’s no doubting that lobster rolls are a must when visiting the east coast.

New Yorkers, fear not: you need not travel out to Maine or Cape Cod for the best rolls, or even Instagram-worthy backdrops. We’ve put together a list of our favorite spots to hit in Manhattan that are guaranteed to transport you from city to sea.

 

The Mermaid Inn

With three NYC locations (Upper West Side, East Village and Greenwich Village), Mermaid Inn features its “Nearly Famous” lobster roll at each restauraunt. It’s served on a griddled brioche roll alongside Old Bay fries for $29. The only thing missing? A glass of pilsner, or perhaps sparkling wine.

79 MacDougal Street, Greenwich Village, NY

 

Grand Banks

Grand Banks is a seasonal oyster bar located on the deck of a beautiful antique ship, docked alongside the Hudson River Park in TriBeCa. It provides not only an array of fresh seafood and cocktails, but an incredible waterfront view – just be sure to arrive at least an hour before sunset, or you’ll be waiting on land for a spot aboard the ship. Grand Banks’ lobster roll is a classic, with Old Bay seasoned potato chips, and comes in at a cool $25.

Hudson River Park, Pier 25, TriBeCa, NY

 

Brooklyn Crab

Looking for a bit of an adventure without leaving NYC? Hop aboard an Uber and head to Brooklyn Crab in Red Hook. Channeling a Maryland-style open air crab deck, Brooklyn Crab boasts a selection of fresh (and sustainable) seafood year round. Try one of their crab rolls for a unique twist on the classic; the Snow Crab Roll is served with chilled snow crab meat, Cholula-orange aioli, and chives on a toasted bun.

24 Reed Street, Brooklyn, NY

 

Mary’s Fish Camp

Nestled in the West Village, Mary’s Fish Camp provides a casual atmosphere with sophisticated food. Opened in 2001 by a native Floridian with a knack for seafood, Mary’s features a classic selection of seafood that has kept locals and travelers coming back for over 15 years. The lobster roll, served with your choice of fries, greens or coleslaw, is a no-frills delicacy brought to a posh neighborhood. It’s the little things…

64 Charles Street, West Village, NY;

 

Gilligan’s

What better way to enjoy a taste of summer than in our very own backyard? Gilligan’s, the outdoor tropical oasis situated next to Soho Grand, serves local ingredient-driven dishes with fresh seafood and tropical cocktails all summer long. The Gilligan’s lobster roll is served on a toasted potato bun with herbs and mayo, served with seasoned chips (and best enjoyed with a crisp Montauk ale). Grab some friends and your sunglasses, and you’ll feel like you’re in Montauk without ever leaving Manhattan.

310 West Broadway, Soho, NY

 

Words by Monique Kamargo