The Monster’s week in New York goes like this. Arrive. Eat. Eat. Eat. Sleep. Eat. Eat. Eat. Eat. Eat. Drink. Sleep. Meetings. Eat. Eat. Eat. Meetings. Meetings. Eat. Eat. Eat. Eat. Eat. Drink. Drink. Eat. Sleep/Eat. So when he finds out Ed’s Lobster Bar is walking distance from the hotel a trip is most assuredly in order.
A long white marble counter running the length of the narrow room with twenty or so high stools ready for diners, a few tables in the back for larger parties make up the narrow restaurant. Four beers are offered on tap (including Belfast Bat Brewing Co. Lobster Ale!) and some decent wines to enjoy with your seafood. A chalkboard tallies the day’s menu. It’s seafood. Then some seafood. And more still. The Monster can get used to this.
A cold New York day means lobster bisque is in order. It’s a thinner soup, no thickening agents are added. The lobster is encased in two tortellini’s which is a nice, unique touch. Further, it’s not too sherry based as bisques sometimes can succumb to. It’s good but The Monster wishes the clam chowder didn’t have bacon, that is a better cold weather soup.
Lobster roll is the order. It has to be. Buttered roll, heaps of lobster, not too much mayonnaise. A side of fries and delicious sliced pickles come with it. Wish there were more pickles. Lobster roll is totally yummy. $27 yummy depends on your addiction to lobster. The Monster considers ordering a second one so that answers the question for him. Then comes to his senses.
Blueberry creme brulee is the call for dessert. It’s the suggestion of the waiter. And while it’s good, it’s not the ending this meal needs. Blueberry cobbler would have been more like it.
Service is efficient though it can be less so when this spot gets packed. Come early if you want the best chance to snag a place at the counter and get your food in a decent amount of time.
Why go? $27 isn’t as expensive as a trip to Maine.
Monster rating: 4/5 Monsters
222 Lafayette Street
New York, NY 10012