June 28, 2009

Lobster Rolls from Red Hook Lobster Pound - Actually worth the 2 hr wait

Red Hook Lobster Pound at Brooklyn Flea
After getting up a bit late this morning, I didn't make it over to the Brooklyn Flea until around 1pm.

And, I didn't get my lobster roll until about 3pm. Wow - I can't believe that I actually waited for 2 hours!

I don't think I have waited that long for anything before...not even Shake Shack...although that's come very close.

The line I must say was partly in due to the very slow process - since the buttered lobster rolls are made to order the line does not move as fast as you would expect for a pretty simple dish...

Red Hook Lobster Roll
By the time we got our lobster rolls - I was ready to hate it. I was ready to say "yeah, it isn't worth the wait."

But...actually it was totally worth the wait! Served both New England style (your traditional lobster in mayo and celery) and Connecticut style - basically just buttered lobster...you can't go wrong with your choice.

Red Hook Lobster Roll
After waiting 2 hours - I of course got both! While the New England one is definitely more refreshing on a hot afternoon - the buttered version is deliciously decadent.

Grilled to order in butter and served with scallions on a smothered butter grilled roll - it was like I died and gone to lobster heaven! Huge chunks of lobster, very rich and pure...

But you really can't go wrong with either!

The New England style has just the right amount of mayo to give it that light creamy goodness without overpowering the lobster.

Red Hook's lobster rolls are in my book definitely the best ones in the city. Maybe even in the state of Maine! They are that good.

At $13 bucks a roll - they aren't cheap, but worth it as they give the most generous chunks of lobster I've found in the city.

Next time I'm thinking I will go earlier on Sunday morning and then maybe I can cut down on my wait time...

Brooklyn Flea - Lobster rolls on Sundays
Sundays at the Brooklyn Bridge
Subway
A/C to High St.
F to York St.
2/3 to Clark St.

Red Hook Lobster Pound
284 Van Brunt St.
Brooklyn, NY
646-326-7650

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'm anticipating going down to the flea market to get some lobster rolls asap! Your post/pics have only heightened my anticipation ... that and the word "butter." Do you mind me asking how much a roll cost??

Christine said...

Hi there - the lobster rolls are $13. Worth every penny if you ask me - definitely the most generous chunks of lobster compared to other places in the city :)

They are there every Sunday at the flea market in Dumbo near the Brooklyn Bridge.

Ralph said...

Thanks for the great post. I feel like an actress that wakes up to read reviews, only I want to read the blogs and comments. Just so you know, we are working on adding another person and maybe another grill so the line moves much more quickly. I am truly sorry about the line. We were working as fast as we could!

Christine said...

Hi Ralph,

Thanks for commenting! Haha - good to know about the extra person and grill. Of course the first day you never know what to expect - and your lobster roll blew it out of the park. I expect you will only get more and more crowded each Sunday :)

Mary-Kate Hopkinson said...

$13 for a lobster roll is pretty cheap compared to what you'd pay at any restaurant in this city!

Liz said...

Looks sooo much better than lobster rolls served at most (if not all) restaurants in the city, and less than half the price. I'm almost embarrassed to say that my boyfriend and I just paid $29 for a lobster roll at a certain Brooklyn seafood joint.

I plan on getting to the Flea early this Sunday!

Christine said...

Hi there!

Where did you pay $29 for a lobster roll dare I ask? Definitely go to the flea for the Red Hook Lobster Pound rolls - they are simply amazing and soooo worth it. :)

Julianne said...

I traveled from the Bronx to Brooklyn yesterday to try the lobster rolls. They were definitely worth the the trip. I just can't decide whether I prefer the traditional or Connecticut style. These are the best Lobster Rolls I've ever had. They are meaty (seriously large pieces of lobster not chooped up pieces), just the right amount of mayo & they don't use way too much celery just to fill up the roll.

I definitely will go back there soon!!

BTW, I also tried the Jonah crab claws...very tasty!

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