Luke’s Lobster, the best lobster roll in New York

Luke’s Lobster, the best lobster roll in New York

If you are a lobster fan, then try Luke’s lobster during your stay in New York!!!
They offer a fast service, it’s cheap and so yummy, in other words it’s a great tip!!!
Let me explain everything.

A little history about Luke’s Lobster:

This little American fast food chain was created like most concept businesses, starting with one restaurant.

Luke’s Lobster, the best lobster roll in New York

Luke is an American from the state of Maine (a state located in the extreme Northeast part of the US). His father was a Lobster Man, which means that he raised and fished lobsters and so Luke used to help him with his work.

After moving to New York for his studies, Luke settled in the East Village and decided to create his first business at the age of 26: not a burger fast food restaurant, but a lobster one!!! Original, isn’t it? 🙂

Luke’s Lobster, the best lobster roll in New York

Right away, it became a real success in this very trendy neighborhood.

He, then developed his activity with the creation of 6 additional Luke’s Lobster restaurants in NY, 2 locations in Washington and 1 in its suburb. Now there are more Luke’s Lobster, even in Japan and Taiwan!

After meeting Luke in person, I can say that he’s a very easy going guy, friendly and laid back, a true reflection of his restaurants.

Regarding his restaurants, all crustaceans come from Maine since Luke’s family (cousin and uncle) owns a fish and seafood business. The delivery takes about 24 hours by truck to reach New York in an effort to have the freshest products.

Luke’s Lobster, the best lobster roll in New York

What can you eat at Luke’s Lobster?

The store displays a  lobster sign, but that’s not the main product in the restaurant.
Luke also offers seafood like crab and shrimp.. Both not bad at all 🙂

You can also enjoy:
– Shrimp roll
– Crab roll
– Lobster roll
– Chips and pickles
– All dish are served with cocktail sauce

Luke’s Lobster, the best lobster roll in New York

They also sell beers, regular sodas and other soft drinks from Maine.
My friend and I ordered the $22 menu that includes: ½ shrimp roll, ½ crab roll, ½ lobster roll, chips, cocktail sauce and drinks. I ordered a lemon lime soda and my friend a coke. 🙂
Beware, they use a lot of pepper on their sandwiches so if you don’t like that too much, make sure to mention it when ordering.

Luke’s Lobster, the best lobster roll in New York

How’s the decoration at Luke’s Lobster restaurant?

The East Village restaurant is quite small.
There are only 8 “lobster seating” if you’re ordering to stay, and of course, you can always order to go.

Luke’s Lobster, the best lobster roll in New York

The music is a bit loud and they usually play rock and old school tunes.
The rest of the decoration is tacky but really cool. They managed to create an ocean theme with the traditional yellow rain coat, fishing nets, life preserver, pipe and a collage of menus on the walls.

Luke’s Lobster, the best lobster roll in New York

If you want to see your name on the wall then you’ll have buy 10 menus. It’s just like a loyalty program for regular customers who will have the honor to have their name written on the wall of the restaurant.

Luke’s Lobster, the best lobster roll in New York

Who comes to eat at Luke’s Lobster?

Once again, I didn’t get the chance to visit all Luke’s restaurants, but they were mostly locals in the East Village location!!!
That’s the great thing about it, this is not a tourist trap.
It’s always better to eat among New Yorkers rather than eating with some tourist family you bumped into last night on the Empire State Building, no? 🙂 🙂

Luke’s Lobster, the best lobster roll in New York

Luke’s Lobster locations and opening hours:

EAST VILLAGE:
Address: 93 E. 7th Street, New York, NY 10009
Opening hours: Sunday to Thursday from 11am to 10pm. Friday and Saturday from 11am to 11pm.

FINANCIAL DISTRICT:
Address: 26 S. William St, near Broad, New York, NY
Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 11am to9 pm. Saturday and Sunday from noon to 8pm.

GARMENT DISTRICT:
Address: 1407 Broadway, Space 8, New York, NY 10018
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday from 11am to 9pm.

MIDTOWN EAST:
Address: 207 E. 43rd St, Manhattan, NY 10016
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday from 11am to 9pm.

NOMAD – FLATIRON:
Address: 5 W. 25th Street, New York, NY 10010
Opening hours: Sunday to Thursday from 11am to 9pm. Friday and Saturday from 11am to 10pm

PLAZA FOOD HALL:
Address: 1 W. 59th Street, New York, NY
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday from 11am to 9pm.Sunday from 11am to 6pm.

TIME SQUARE – CITY KITCHEN, THE ROW HOTEL:
Address: 700 8th Avenue, Manhattan, NY 10036
Opening hours: Sunday to Wednesday from 11am to 9pm. Thursday and Saturday from 11am to 10pm.

UNION SQUARE
Address : 124 University Place, New York, NY 10003
Opening hours: Sunday to Thursday from 11am to 10pm. Friday and Saturday from 11am to 11pm

UPPER EAST SIDE:
Address: 242 E. 81st Street, New York, NY
Opening hours: Sunday to Thursday from 11am to 10pm. Friday and Saturday from 11am to 11pm.

UPPER WEST SIDE:
Address: 426 Amsterdam Ave (b/w 80th and 81st), New York, NY
Opening hours: Sunday to Thursday from 11am to 10pm. Friday and Saturday from 11am to 11pm.

BROOKLYN BRIDGE PARK – DUMBO
Address : 11 Water Street Brooklyn, NY 11201
Opening hours: Sunday to Thursday from 11am to 8pm. Friday and Saturday from 11am to 9pm.

PARK SLOPE
Address : 237 Fifth Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11215
Opening hours: Monday to Thursday from noon to 10pm. Friday to Sunday from 11am to 10pm.

NAUTI:
It’s a food truck with different locations in New York operating between Spring and Fall. Check the truck’s next location on Twitter: https://twitter.com/LukesLobster

Luke’s Lobster website for more locations: www.lukeslobster.com

Luke’s Lobster website: www.lukeslobster.com

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Memo

My fist trip to New York was in 2007 when I was working for an airline company. I was born in the US, I lived in Mexico, in Europe in between Belgium, Spain and France… Well, let’s say I know about travelling! I bring my experience of NYC to the blog, to provide the best travel tips you could imagine!

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