Originally hailing from Maine, I learned several vital lessons in the six short years before my family migrated south. I learned an afternoon of blueberry picking is a hot, prickly adventure, but rewards you with the best blueberry muffins, pancakes, and pies imaginable. I was taught how to bake a proper whoopie pie and that marshmallow fluff is not an acceptable filling ingredient. Finally, the day after a family gathers for a large lobster feed, the menu will include a simple lobster roll - chunks of leftover lobster meat, held together with just the slightest hint of mayonnaise, spilling out of a toasted, buttered roll.
After college, I moved to New York City, or The Land of Pinstripes and Weird Chowder as deemed by my loving uncle, and was horrified to find mayonnaise-laden, untoasted, unbuttered, overpriced impostors of a decent lobster roll.
So imagine my delight when a boy named Luke moved in around the corner last spring. A young Mainer with boyish good looks who could turn out a mean lobster roll. More specifically, the entire team at Luke’s Lobster could serve up this lobster roll, with a genuine smile, in the lobster shack-esque atmosphere. New Yorker’s everywhere have fallen head-over-heels in love with Luke’s Lobster and there are now a total of three (three!) locations that can fulfill my worst cravings for a taste of summer days, embodied in the form of a perfect lobster roll. And if you happen to get such a craving on a chilly winter day, their perfect cup of clam chowder will be waiting to warm you up.
East Village: 93 East 7th Street, New York, NY (phone: 212.387.8487)
Upper East Side: 242 East 81st Street, New York, NY (phone: 212.249.4241)
Upper West Side: 426 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY (phone: 212.877.8800)