Joel and I had been hearing great reviews about a new lobster roll joint in the East Village, Luke’s Lobster and decided that it was the perfect place to meet a friend for dinner. The place itself was very small (it’s a good thing we were only meeting one friend there!), but decorated with the feeling of Maine seafood shack.
All three of us checked out the menu and ordered the same thing — The Seafood Schooner, which featured a choice of their signature lobster roll, the shrimp roll or a crab roll, a bag of Miss Vikie’s Chips and a Maine Root Drink. We all went with the lobster roll and I had the seasonal Maine Root Pumpkin Spice beverage which was delicious, I definitely recommend! Soon after our beverage selections were made our order was up.
Upon my first bite, I could taste the absolute freshness of the lobster — not a bit of chewiness, but the total opposite. The lobster was so delicate that you could tell that it was from that mornings catch. And that it was — the owner of Luke’s Lobster’s family owns Portland Shellfish, a seafood processing company where he gets his fish delivered from daily. As for the rest of it, the bun, not the actual lobster, was dressed in a light mayo mix which allowed the lobster to shine. Served with a fresh dill pickle on the side, I can’t say enough about how fresh and amazing the lobster roll was.
If ever I have a hankering for fresh lobster, I won’t be heading to the fanciest restaurant, but to Luke’s Lobster!