75 Ninth Avenue
New York, New York 10011
The super hip neighborhood of Chelsea in Manhattan has become home to some of the neatest concepts in all of New York City. On a nice day, tourists and locals alike crowds the Highline to grab a nice view with a walk, and the restaurants in the area command ever higher prices. In the midst of it all, at the Chelsea Market touts concepts of all sizes. One of the bigger of these is The Lobster Shop, a seafood place where fish of all kinds cant be bought and the titular is crustacean is prominent in many a good dish.
A whole lobster is an option on the table to be sure. But perhaps a better option to understand the East Coast is the lobster roll. A sandwich stuffed with lobster meat and creamy sauce and beloved by coastal cities throughout the United States. At 17 bucks for a small sandwich, it’s no small bet but again this neighborhood commands ritzier concepts. The sandwich is pretty good, huge chunks of lobster meat and flavor that lasts without too much oil or anything else overwhelming that natural lobster. Fresh lobster is the key ingredient to making the sandwich worth your while, and I would say it’s a success. Served with a bag of chips.
As a market, this restaurant isn’t a sit down eatery in the true sense. Yes there are tables for you to relax or stand for your meal, but it’s not really a place designed to linger for a long time. You take your food, eat it quickly, did you head off to the next destination in the market. This is another distinct New York experience, the grab and go style eating counter. The prices are elevated, even by New York standards, so if you’re looking for somewhere less expensive there are plenty of options in Midtown or other places nearby. And, at the end of the day, the food here is pretty good. Perhaps not a fancy place, but it gets the job done.