1073 Manhattan Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11222 (Greenpoint)
718.389.8990 or 718.389.8993
Cuisine: Seafood, raw bar, lobster
Our Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ Great
Cards: All Major
Hours: Mon – Friday 12pm – 12am; Sat & Sun 11am – 12am
Delivery: Noon to Midnight
Booze: Full bar
Subway: G to Greenpoint Ave
NY Mag says:
Near the northern tip of Brooklyn, a red neon light reading simply, “LOBSTER,” leads the way into a New England style lobster shack. Inside, thick, wooden plank tables are reminiscent of Maine, while outside, a large patio is full of communal picnic tables. Whether it’s an avocado and grapefruit salad, a tasty corn bisque, or cheddar macaroni and cheese, chef Justin Ernsberger (Walter Foods, Mermaid Inn) has found a surefire way to improve any dish: add generous amounts of fresh lobster. The traditional New England lobster roll features minimal mayo and celery, keeping the focus on the pile of meat underneath, all in an authentic flat-bottom bun. A warm, buttered version will please Connecticut natives, while a club version with avocado and bacon offers an innovative twist. For those not interested in lobster, if that’s possible, a handful of other rolls (crab, clam, oyster) and sandwiches (crab cake, salmon, tuna melt, angus burger) are available. The hefty steamed one-and-three-quarter-pound lobster dinner comes complete with potatoes and corn on the cob. A cocktail list, including a lobster claw Bloody Mary, is joined by a handful of New England beers, like Belfast Bay Lobster Ale (Maine), Narragansett Lager (Rhode Island), and Sankaty Light (Massachusetts).
Here’s Greenpoint says:
The specials remain in constant rotation, but a few of the staples are Lobster Benedict ($17), Sausage Stuffed French Toast ($6), and a killer Lobster Tail Bloody Mary ($9). Last weekend they had Grilled Salmon w/ Roasted Beets, Toasted Almonds and Horseradish Cream, as well as Salmon Tartare. The joint recently started a weekday happy hour from 4-7pm that features $1 oysters and $2 off pitchers of beer and cocktails. The oysters come raw and fresh on a bed of ice, with garnishes of lemon and a homemade vinegar-based dipping sauce. Aside from the delectable Lobster ($17) and Crab ($14) Rolls, Market Fresh Oysters, and Fish Sandwiches ($12), most of the menu depends on what gets picked up at the market in the morning. Chef Justin Ernsberger has a personal fishmonger who’s up every morning 3am scouring the New York area for fresh clams, crab, oysters, salmon, shrimp, and other delicacies that inevitably make their way onto your plate. The result is a focused and reliable selection that never threatens stagnation. Case in point: The Mussels and Fries ($14), a quiet, simple platter addition that may very well be the kitchen’s new secret weapon. There is also a new Crab Cake Burger ($14), complete with a patty that, unlike most I’ve had, is heavy on the crab and light on everything else. The sandwich arrives hot on a bed of tarters sauce and a side of slaw and chips, fries, or salad. Another new thing: They’re now open for lunch service beginning at noon. For that they have added a sous chef who spends half of his time working alongside Ernsberger in the early evenings. If that weren’t enough, they’ve also started delivering orders free of charge to Greenpoint and Williamsburg, from noon until midnight everyday. What about those who don’t live nearby, you say? Owner Tommy Chabrowski told me they’re willing to deliver larger orders to anywhere in the city, provided you’re willing to pay for the delivery boy’s cab fare. Many already have. Those who don’t have to should simply be thankful they live so close.
Immaculate Infatuation says:
This joint f*cking rules. Until now, none of NYC’s interpretations of the dressed down seafood shack actually led us to believe that we were anywhere near a beach. But even though it isn’t exactly located close to marine life (unless you count the East River), Lobster Joint accomplishes this. They may not have a pool or any sand, but we’re rocking our bathing suits and flip flops here anyway. The restaurant has a laid back approach that you don’t often find in NYC. We love the the order-at-the-counter-and-we’ll-bring-out-your-food system which works great with the spacious, open air dining room. There’s also a nicely sized, well maintained Outdoor/Patio Situation littered with picnic tables and umbrellas. If you’re a seafood freak like we are, prepare to be in heaven. If it comes from the sea, they put it on a bun. And you’d be hard pressed to find any joint better suited for summertime Day Drinking than this one. We could hang here all day sucking down beers, fried clam strips, and lobster rolls. Speaking of lobster rolls. We may be throwing down a high rating on the Lobster Joint based on the overall experience, but when it comes down to straight up roll vs. roll, we still think Luke’s is the best. The Joint has them beat everywhere else.