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A Lobster Roll from the Red Hook Lobster Pound

Close your eyes, and you're almost in New England.

The Red Hook Lobster Pound, though arguably in one of the most un-city like neighborhoods in Brooklyn, is still located on a busy, dirty street. Buses rumble by. A Fung Wah storage facility is up the block. But once you step inside and peer into those giant tanks filled with lobsters fresh from Maine, well, life in the city can feel pretty far away.

Sure, to say the lobster rolls are overpriced would be an understatement, but to eat one is to have an experience. You don't need to leave town to feel like you are!

Plus, the ingredients, and presentation, are top notch. The JJ Nissen bun, a New England tradition, is piled high with huge chunks of delicious lobster. The scallions are chopped very thinly, and on an angle. You even get your roll served in a red and white checkered paper wrapper. The aesthetic is spot on.

You can eat the delightful treat next door to the pound, or if you can restrain yourself, head to Valentino Pier just a few blocks away. It's a beautiful spot right on the harbor.

On a hot, sticky afternoon, take an escape and splurge on a lobster roll in Red Hook. I don't think you'll regret it.

Kyle Arnold June 12, 2011 at 03:39 PM
Actually, these lobster rolls are actually pretty poor, and not just because they are overpriced. The meat is bland, and is not sweet the way lobster should be. It doesn't really taste like lobster, more like a softer version of imitation crab meat. The city has many other cheaper lobster rolls that are much better.
Sharon Porter June 12, 2011 at 04:13 PM
They sometimes set themselves up on Court St. right in front of Trader Joe's. I've seen them there on a couple of Saturday afternoons but not sure of their schedule...

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