I’d heard about Luke’s Lobster for a long time, but for some reason it took me a long time to finally decide to go. That was a mistake because this place is great.
Luke’s is a tiny shop in the East Village with maybe 10 stools and small counter tops to eat on. It does have a sort of nice New England type décor that feels pretty comfortable and homey. However, it is a very small, so it’s not the type of place you’re going to hang around for a long time.
On to the food:
Normally, I don’t like a lot of lobster rolls because they are doused with mayonnaise and diced celery, neither of which I’m not particularly fond of. Thankfully the lobster roll here is much different (I’ve never been to Maine, so I don’t know if this is how they normally are). The bread is really good, it’s lightly toasted with a little bit of butter (I believe) and it tastes very fresh, the dough is slightly sweet which really goes well with the lobster. The lobster meat is really good; it’s sweet and not overcooked. The meat is seasoned lightly with some celery salt, paprika and a small dab of mayo. It was excellent, we really liked it. By the way the roll is a bit on the small side; I could probably eat two of them. 8.25/10
The crab roll is the same, but with crab meat. While it was good, it wasn’t as good as the lobster roll because the meat wasn’t as sweet, so I felt it was a less flavorful than the lobster roll. However, overall it was still quite good. 8/10
New England Clam Chowder:
This was the one disappointing dish here. It really just tastes like the same clam chowder you get out of a Campbell soup can. It was a bit too salty as well. 6/10
Overall, I really liked the lobster roll and I will definitely be coming back. Highly recommend.
93 E 7th St (between 1st Ave & Avenue A)
New York, NY 10009