Tag Archives: Seafood

Luke’s Lobster

20 Nov

Luke’s Lobster

Rating: ★★★★☆
93 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009
luke@lukeslobster.com
Website
(212) 387-8487
Price: $$
Hours:
Mon-Thu, Sun 11 am – 10 pm
Fri-Sat 11 am – 11 pm
Nearest Transit:
1st Ave-14th St (L)
Astor Place (6)
2nd Ave-Houston St (F, V)
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Luke’s Lobster offers the best value on lobsters, crab, and shrimp rolls in the city PERIOD

For a lobster roll in New York City, Luke offers the best value. Granted you’re not going to get sit down service like you do at Pearl Oyster or Ed’s Lobster, but their lobster is fresh, they serve them perfectly, and the price is definitely right. Their rolls are served in two sizes, small and large, but are really tiny and small. As of November 18, 2009, they go for $8 and $14 respectively. They also serve delicious crab ($5/$9) and shrimp ($4/$7) rolls too. For the best value, grab one of their combos. The $20 Taste of Maine combo includes a small lobster, crab, and shrimp roll, as well as a par of Empress claws and a package of Miss. Vickie’s chips and a bottle of Maine’s Root Drink or Poland Spring Water. The Noah’s Ark combo is double the Taste of Maine offering with a $2 savings at $38. Butter, mayo, and seasoning is optional, but they are light by default. If you like your rolls really buttery, do let them know when ordering. Like I said earlier the rolls are really small, but a roll and a half with a bag of chips should be enough to satisfy most hungry stomachs.

I love Luke’s because unlike most lobster rolls served in NYC, the lobster is not shredded or minced but are served in huge chunks/bits. Plus I’m not a huge fan of mayo, so the way Luke’s serves their rolls are ideal for me. I’ve never had a lobster roll in Maine, so I can only compare it to what I’ve had in NYC and I think Luke’s the best so far.

The restaurant is really tiny with limited bar-style seating (8 seats at most) and is not recommended for groups. If you’re a fan of lobster roll, this is not one to be missed.

Luke’s Lobster
Small Lobster, Crab, and Shrimp Roll and 2 Empress Claws – Part of Taste of Maine Combo – $20

Luke’s Lobster
Menu as of November 18, 2009 – View Larger Image

Luke’s Lobster
Miss. Vickie’s Chips and Maine’s Root Drink

Luke’s Lobster
Large Lobster Roll – $14

Luke’s Lobster
Large Crab Roll – $9

Luke’s Lobster

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Asiate

24 Mar

Asiate

Rating: ★★★★☆
80 Columbus Circle, 35th Fl, New York, NY 10019
Website
(212) 805-8881
Price: $$$$
Nearest Transit:
59th Street (1, A, C, B, D)
57th St-7th Ave (N, Q, R, W)
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Asiate is located on the 35th floor of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. It has, without a doubt one of the most spectacular views of the city, it overlooks central park. With that said, it’s a very romantic restaurant with a soft and sensual ambiance that conveys privacy at every table. One recommendation is to skip the booths, which are pushed off in the corner and opt for a table by the window (if you grab one) or even the middle where you get the feeling your floating above the city. The service is on par with any other restaurant of this caliber and the food is a good blend of French and Asian cuisine.

I had lunch at Asiate during restaurant week and it’s definitely one of the better deals for restaurant week. For $25USD you get a three course meal that includes an appetizer, entrée, and dessert with a wider array of selection. Outside of restaurant week, they have a ongoing prix fixe lunch for $24.08USD that includes your choice of an appetizer and entrée from a very selected menu. Their dinner menu includes both a three course prix fixe ($85) and a tasting menu ($125) that includes suggested wine pairing ($75).

Off the restaurant week’s menu, I had the nori risotto, wagyu beef strip loin with smoked potato purée, and a saké bellini for dessert. None of these dishes were breathtaking, but for 25 bucks to eat a satisfying meal in an environment as amazing as Asiate, it was well worth it.

I plan to return to Asiate with my significant other for either their three course prix fixe or tasting menu, so I can try a wider selection of what Asiate has to offer.

Asiate
Wagyu Beef strip loin, smoked potato purée, braised short rib, oxtail-yuzu koshous

Asiate
Saké Bellini

Asiate

Asiate

Aquagrill

24 Mar

Aquagrill

Rating: ★★★☆☆
210 Spring St (btwn Ave Of The Americas & Sullivan St), New York, NY 10012
Website
(212) 274-0505
Price: $$$
Hours:
Mon-Thu, Sun 12 pm – 10:30 pm
Fri-Sat 12 pm – 12 am
Nearest Transit:
Spring St (A, C, E)
Canal St (1, 2)
Houston St (1, 2)
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Aquagrill has the distinction of being the number one brunch in Zagat NYC for the last six year running, so I had to try their brunch. I went with a rather large group (8) on a Sunday and it was extremely hard to get reservations, I had to book two weeks in advance but I’m glad I did. The restaurant is located on the quieter side of Spring street (Soho) and the atmosphere is very lively. The staff is very attentive and friendly. They serve various styles of fresh breads that are baked on premises and have a wide variety of quality seafood from around the world. Their creative use of quality seafood in their dishes are unique and simply delicious. For bunch they also serve non-seafood, traditional brunch dishes (french toast, sausages, etc.) as well as heavier dinner plates and sandwiches. I had the daily omelet special, fresh Maine peekytoe crab meat with a side of hash brown potatoes and ratatouille. It was best omelet I have ever had. Their dessert however, is only sub-par and if given the choice I would recommend skipping it. With that said I tried the chocolate tasting plate, coconut panna cotta, and caramelized mango tart because my guest insisted on ordering dessert. All three were only OK and nothing to talk about, especially with a $9 average price tag. Overall, brunch at Aquagrill was good. Next, I need to try their raw bar and dinner menu.

Aquagrill
Challah French Toast with Cinnamon Apples, Bacon or Sausage and Pecan Butter ($11.50)

Aquagrill
Roasted Casco Cod with Wilted Spinach, Baby Artichokes and Caper Beurre Noisette ($22.50)

Aquagrill
Grilled Salmon BLT with Bacon, Arugula and Tomato on Homemade Ciabatta Bread with French Fries($11.00)

Aquagrill
Caramelized Mango Tart with Mascarpone Cheese and Macadamia Nut Brittle Ice Cream with a Mango Sauce ($9.00)

Aquagrill
Chocolate Tasting Plate with Warm Chocolate Cake, White Chocolate Mousse and Milk Chocolate Ice Cream ($9.50)

Aquagrill
Coconut Panna Cotta with Mango, Pineapple and Papaya and Passion Fruit Sauce ($8.50)

Aquagrill

Aquagrill

Aquagrill