Thursday, July 9, 2015

Food Trucks on Fifth: Red Hook Lobster Pound

We ate at Red Hook Lobster Pound, one of a rotating schedule of food trucks participating in our Food Trucks on Fifth program.

No food is a more perfect summer indulgence than lobster rolls, that New England summer staple. Luckily, with so many lobster roll establishments in New York City, you no longer need to be in Martha's Vineyard to enjoy a good roll. Red Hook Lobster Pound, based in Red Hook, brings its lobster truck to Bryant Park on Thursdays for Midtown's enjoyment.

You can bet these lobster rolls are delicious--just look at the line! 

We chose the Maine-style lobster roll (with homemade mayo) over the Connecticut-style (with butter). The lobster roll came laden with gigantic chunks of tail and claw meat--one piece of claw meat was hanging over the edge as if to shake our hands. The lobster roll was the Platonic ideal of what a lobster roll should be: buttery toasted roll, sweet and perfectly cooked lobster, finely diced celery and green onions for color, crunch, and flavor, and just enough mayo to tie everything together.

From left to right, the lobster roll (notice the huge piece of claw meat hanging off the back) and the lobster BLT.
We thought things couldn't get any better--that is, until we upped the ante with our lobster BLT. Available in two sizes (with 2 or 4 ounces of lobster), we opted for the small, betting that the richness would render the larger sandwich difficult to finish. The small was absolutely the right choice: with the same lobster salad as the lobster roll, plus slices of crunchy, thick-cut bacon, lettuce, and tomato, we were completely satisfied.

Lobster BLT, up close.
Lobster for lunch is definitely a treat, and we're happy to confirm that the price is definitely worth it. With every bite, you'll be transported to a New England vacation!

Food Trucks on Fifth: Red Hook Lobster Pound
Thursdays, 11am - 7pm
South side of Fifth Avenue Terrace

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