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“Maine-style lobster roll in NYC's East Village” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Luke's Lobster East Village

Luke's Lobster East Village
Ranked #55 of 13,263 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
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Restaurant details
Good for: Kids, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Seating, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Neighbourhood: East Village
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240 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“Maine-style lobster roll in NYC's East Village”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 April 2012

This tiny luncheonette in the East Village serves a terrific Maine-style lobster roll (for those that don't know, that's chilled, fresh-cooked lobster meat served on a buttered, toasted hot dog bun with a mere swipe of mayo, as opposed to the "other" kind of lobster roll which involves what is essentially a mayo-based lobster salad mix). I'm a fan of the more pristine Maine-style roll myself so this casual spot is just perfection in my book. Fancy food in intentionally bohemian surroundings. A few other type of seafood rolls are on the menu as well, plus chips and premium soft drinks. That's ALL (oh, and a homemade whooppee pie for those with a sweet tooth too)!

    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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New York City, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
“Overrated...”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2012

Look, the lobster roll is quite good. But not great. And certainly not the best in NYC (I'd vote for Mermaid Oyster Bar). And be warned....this is purely a takeout joint-- definitely not a spot to really enjoy a meal.

  • Visited October 2011
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Locke_NYC
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
“Funny little place”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2012

What an incredible little place fully packed with happy customers. The guy behind the counter sells his lobster and crab rolls without taking a break, people keep walking in mostly for rolls to go. That's what we did one evening when we were a bit tired. It's just lobster, crab or shrimp rolls, that's it with or without chips and pickles. But we have to say, those rolls taste really good!!

  • Visited April 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“A touch of Maine”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2012

Most reviewers and gourmets agree...THE best Lobster ROll in the City. Friendly service, great Root Beer.

Visited April 2012
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New York City, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Insane.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2012

Luke’s will cure you of the notion that you can only eat great lobster at home. If I were trapped on an island called, say, Manhattan, I would live on a diet of Luke’s lobster rolls and lobster bisque. I'd be incredibly fat, too. Insanely moist and tasty (I’m sure the butter has a lot to do with it). Can’t say the same for the crab rolls but who cares? I eat at the one in the Financial District and from the food truck, and they’re equally great. My friends who go to the one on the Upper East Side rave about that one, too. I haven’t tried the shrimp because I can’t stop ordering the lobster. Regrettably, the few times I’ve tried the crab, it doesn’t live up to the lobster (and the reason I'm only awarding 4 stars). Ten stars for the lobster & bisque; two for the crab. Someday I'll try the shrimp.

  • Visited December 2011
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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