Burger & Lobster

Burger and Lobster, a UK based chain that opened last year in the Flatiron district, is a very popular restaurant with over 2,000 reviews on Yelp – and I can’t believe I just found out about it a few weeks ago! Their name pretty much encompasses their menu of just three items – a hamburger, a 1.5 pound lobster, or a six ounce lobster roll – served with a side of salad and fries for $20 each. I was a bit skeptical at first – $20 seems like a bit of a steal for a whole meal – but I was quickly shown the error of my ways. I actually ended up going 2 days in a row, with different people of course! Between my two visits, I was able to try everything on their menu.

The hamburger is perhaps what most people would think is the least best deal since lobster is more expensive, right? But you’re wrong! The burger is actually really, really delicious – and huge too! They use a custom blend of meats (tri-tip, brisket, and chuck) crafted by Pat LaFrieda and according to Eater, the beef has a 70/30 meat-to-fat ratio, which makes it a much richer burger. And clocking in at 10 ounces, it’s a bit bigger than most other burgers as well. We had our burger without any extra add-ons, which allowed us to really get a taste for the meat, which didn’t disappoint. They also have a “special sauce” that they smear onto the bun (which is a hybrid between brioche and potato bread).

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The lobster option comes in two cooking styles, steamed or grilled, and comes with either regular butter or lemon garlic butter as a dipping option. They give you a bib and all the necessary utensils to demolish your lobster. We had tried the steamed option and were perfectly satisfied. I’ve heard that the grilled lobster can get a bit tough but I’m sure it offers a bit more flavor!

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The lobster roll is perhaps their most unique – it’s bigger than most lobster rolls (Luke’s Lobster and Red Hook Lobster Pound contains about 4 ounces of meat) with 6 ounces of glorious lobster meat. The lobster meat is served cold, dressed with Japanese mayo (or Kewpie mayo for some of us) and inside a warm, toasted brioche bun. I really, really enjoyed the lobster roll – and I’m usually not a huge fan of chilled lobster rolls. It was very meaty – it’s very obvious that they use more meat than other places. I also really liked that they used kewpie mayo, which made it stand out among the other lobster rolls in the city.

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The venue is very big so they can definitely seat a lot of people. The catch, however, is that they don’t take reservations for parties under 10. And if you’re just walking in, they don’t give you a table until your entire party has arrived. But, there is a high turnover rate for tables since the menu is small and the food comes very quickly. Service was attentive on both of my visits. Extra stars for cooking our burger to the correct temperature!

Seamore’s

When I first heard about Seamore’s, I knew I had to eat there! Fresh seafood is one of my favorite things in life so it really was a no-brainer for me. I bookmarked them the day they opened but it wasn’t until about two weeks later that I got to try them out. After a much needed spa day (facials and a manicure) in Chinatown, I offered to treat my mom to dinner at Seamore’s. We rolled in at 6:30 and were quoted an hour wait time. So we put our names down and went in search for a coffee shop still open at that time. No more than 25 minutes later, I got a text saying a table was ready.
We were seated in their huge and airy dining room – they had opened up all the windows to let the breeze in. Our waitress greeted us right away and explained the menu to us. Seamore’s sources locally so their fish comes from anywhere between New York and Maine. They have about three to four fish options every day. These options are never kept for longer than 24 hours at a time so they’re super fresh. Each day they have a little wood board that tells you the options for the day.
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We opted to start off with the Poke ($13.00) with ponzu, peanut, and avocado. The fish of the day for the Poke was Tuna, which is pretty standard. If I’m in Hawaii, I actually prefer the Salmon Poke, but I like tuna as well since it’s the more traditional fish. The poke was fresh and tasty – it’s definitely not the standard shoyu poke from Hawaii but it’s a very good interpretation.
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We decided to split two different dishes as entrées so we could try something new. First we had the Seared Seasonal Fish Tacos ($15.00), which comes with two huge corn tortillas topped with black bean sauce, lettuce, pico, avocado, and crema. The fish of the day for the Seared Tacos was a yellowtail flounder, which was amazing. The flounder was so tender and soft – it practically melted in our mouths. The combination of fish juice, pico and crema made the dish a bit sloppy to eat but I highly recommend it – the flavor is amazing.
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We also split the Reel Deal ($21.00), which is their signature entrée. You choose a fish of the day and a sauce. The dish comes served in a bowl with three of their daily sides. On the day we visited, we had warm quinoa salad, roasted summer squash and collard greens. We opted to go with the Monkfish with Miso Brown Butter Sauce. The Monkfish was very tender and fresh – also very filling. The miso brown butter was very tasty – there was a hint of miso and lots of buttery goodness. I would definitely dip my lobster in this!
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Even though we were quite full from our entrées, we always have room for dessert! Seamore’s makes it simple by only offering one dessert option – Kaffir Lime Soft Serve from OddFellows. The only options you have are (1) Coconut Granola Topping and (2) cone or cup. We opted for the coconut topping and cones. The soft service was very tasty – just a bit tart and very refreshing after a savory meal.
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Service was great throughout the meal – our waitress was very attentive and really helped make our first time at Seamore’s effortless. The tables are closely packed together and the music is also quite loud in the high-ceiling dining room so I wouldn’t recommend them for a first date. Their tables are very group friendly, however, so grab some friends and check them out!

Ed’s Lobster Bar

Every year for my mom’s birthday we always go out and have a nice dinner the week before. This year we opted to have dinner at Ed’s Lobster Bar since both my mom and sister have never been. We arrived around 6:30pm and was seated right away in the back area. While the menu at Ed’s isn’t large, it still has a fair amount of selection, which made it hard to choose since everything sounded so good!

We opted to have the Jumbo Shrimp to start along with two soups. I’ve written about both Ed’s Lobster Bisque and Clam Chowder before so I won’t rehash it here. The Jumbo Shrimp, though, was super sweet and huge! I kind of wished I could have another one!


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I opted for the Day Boat Scallops with Mashed Potatoes and fresh veggies. I actually ended up switching my dish with my sister, but more on that later! The Scallops were seared to perfection and tasted really buttery. The mashed potatoes weren’t as creamy as I’d like but was a nice compliment to the scallops. I dislike strong-flavored sides when I have scallops because I feel like they mask the taste of the scallops.

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My sister went with the Peekytoe Crab Fusilli with asparagus. I ended up eating this dish as my main (after a few bites of mashed potato and a scallop). I’ve had peekytoe crab pasta before so I’m used to the very particular taste the crab gives the dish. It’s a bit tart and very fragrant. I liked the dish, although I definitely don’t think it’s as good as the peekytoe pasta dish at All’onda.

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We opted out of dessert since we were so full. But they brought over tiny lobster-shaped chocolates! They were so cute that we almost didn’t want to eat them.

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The food was good and the service was attentive. It did get pretty loud near the end of our dinner because of the increasing crowd. The restaurant itself is pretty small so make sure you come early in order to snag a table!

Tommy Bahama

When I first stumbled unto Tommy Bahama, I was a bit skeptical since it’s considered a chain restaurant – a higher end chain restaurant, but still a chain restaurant nonetheless. But it’s been a year since being in Hawaii or somewhere tropical, so I was really craving something with an island feel. So when my mother asked me where I wanted to eat for my birthday, I quickly made reservations for the Tommy Bahama in Midtown Manhattan.

The restaurant is located on top of the clothing store so you have to take the stairs up. We arrived a bit early and we were seated right away in a nice booth table. Our waiter greeted us right away and offered to get us started with drinks. We ordered two drinks and decided to see which one we liked more after it arrived. We had the Bahama Mama ($12.00) and Manhattan’s Best Mai Tai ($14.00). The Bahama Mama was definitely the lighter of the two and pretty fruity. The Mai Tai was very strong but still good nonetheless.

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We opted to split three appetizers instead of each ordering one individually. First up was the Ahi Tuna Tacos ($12.50), which is served with a fried wonton shell, Asian slaw and wasabi creme on top. These were so good! The wonton shell was hard enough to withstand biting but not as hard as regular taco shells. The wasabi creme was very flavorful without being spicy.

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Next up was the Ahi Poke Napolean ($16.50), which features chunks of Ahi Tuna tossed with capers, guacamole and served with flatbread. I’ve been missing poke since we left Hawaii so this was definitely my favorite appetizer of the night. They did not skimp on the tuna at all – there was definitely enough tuna and guac to go round. Just like the tacos, the tuna was super fresh and I quickly gobbled up more than my share.

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Since we needed some veggies, we opted for the Bungalow Salad ($8.00), which features romaine lettuce tossed with toasted almonds and macadamia nuts, feta cheese, sun-dried blueberries and a meyer lemon vinaigrette. The vinaigrette was very light and fresh and paired very well with the other ingredients. We even used the bread to soak it up after we finished the veggies.

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And speaking of the bread – they’re baked to order and served with a honey butter, which made it taste like a cinnamon roll!

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For my entree, I went with the Kona Coffee Crusted Ribeye ($29.00), which is served with a warm potato salad and a light salad. The salad and potatoes definitely helped balance out the savory steak. I’ve only had Kona Coffee steak before once before and this one really put up a good fight. It was tender and flavorful. The portion size is also insanely large!

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My mother went with the Macadamia Nut Encrusted Red Snapper ($29.50), which is served with almond rice and a wasabi-soy beurre blanc. The portion size for this dish was also insanely large. The mac nut crust was very crunchy and crispy. I also thoroughly enjoyed the almond rice, which was fragrant and tasty.

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For dessert, we opted to split two. At Tommy Bahama, your waiter brings over a tray with all the desserts on it to show you which ones they have. I really like that they do this because I’m a visual eater and I loved being able to pick based on what each dessert looked like. I decided on the Pineapple Creme Brulee ($9.00), which features a Tahitian Vanilla Bean and white chocolate mousse that’s served inside an actual pineapple. It was smooth, just the right amount of sweet and oh so good.

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My sister picked the Malted Chocolate Pie ($10.00), which featured a mocha mousse surrounded by a chocolate cookie crust and topped with English toffee crumble. This dessert was really rich and heavy – the complete opposite of the creme brulee. It was good, but after a few bites, it became a bit too much. This is definitely a dessert so share.

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I really enjoyed my dinner at Tommy Bahama. I was pleasantly surprised by how good the food was and how well done all the dishes were. I don’t think I had one thing that I didn’t like! The service was attentive and our waiter was able to answer all of our questions about the dishes. I love it when waiters really know their own products. I highly recommend Tommy Bahama if you’re ever feeling like getting away from the hustle & bustle of the city and relaxing with some island-themed food!

Atlantic Grill

Since this was our first Valentine’s Day where we’re celebrating on the actual day (we usually celebrate a few days early or later), both the Boyfriend and I completely forgot about making reservations until the week before the 14th. We’re both not avid fans of prix fixes that lock you into 4+ courses since we’re both not big eaters, so I spent the next hour trying to find a restaurant that still served their a la carte menu with open reservations. Luckily I stumbled onto Atlantic Bar & Grill, which fit all my requirements.

We arrived early so we checked our coats (including two bouquets of flowers) and was seated in the booth table that I requested upon making our reservation. They were serving their a la carte raw bar menu along with some special Valentine’s Day appetizers and entrees. We opted to stick to the raw bar menu, since we’re both seafood lovers.

First up was the Balcony Tower ($48) for two people. The tower included Maine Lobster, Red King Crab, Jumbo Shrimp, Littleneck Clams, Ceviche, Marinated Prince Edward Mussels, and both East & West Coast Oysters. This was my first ever seafood tower so I was really anticipating this. My favorite parts were the oysters, since they’re my favorite shellfish. Both East & West Coast oysters were very fresh and delicious. I also quite liked the Jumbo Shrimp, which were very sweet, and the Maine Lobster. Every piece of shellfish was expertly opened and deconstructed for easy-eating. I just wish there was more!

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We also ordered a dozen Littleneck Clams on the side ($17.00), which were very fresh and sweet. Each clam was drizzled with vinegar and topped with a dab of cocktail sauce – perfection!

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Since we were a bit full from all the shellfish, we ordered two special rolls to share. And yes, they do sushi well! On the top is the Rainbow Roll, with tuna, hamachi, fluke and tobiko ($16.00). There was a lot of delicious and fresh fish in this roll, which made it very flavorful. On the bottom, is the Fiery Maine Lobster & Salmon roll with honey calamansi sauce ($15.00), which was my favorite of the two. The lobster was very sweet while the salmon was salty. Together with the spicy sauce, it was perfect.

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We finished off the night with a Warm Apple Crumble ($9.00), which was on the special menu. It comes with a scoop of Salted Caramel Ice Cream, which really helped balance out the sweetness of the apple crumble. They even put a cherry heart-shaped truffle for the special occasion!

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Service was very attentive without being intrusive the entire night. We never felt rushed or pushed to order. Both of us thoroughly enjoyed our first time celebrating Valentine’s Day on the actual day.

Ps. Their Riesling by the glass (von buhl “jazz”, qualitatswein, 2010) is amazing at a very affordable price!

Ed’s Lobster Bar

Since it was a pretty chilly and rainy day, I was really in the mood for some hot soup – creamy, thick soup. We strolled around the Soho area for a bit before deciding on Ed’s Lobster Bar because nothing beats a good Clam Chowder. We arrived at around 12:30pm and was seated right away in the back. Our waitress told us that the menu was written on a chalkboard on the wall, which was a bit inconvenient from our particular table but we managed to order just fine.

We opted to get two soups and split them. I had the New England Clam Chowder ($7.00) first and it really hit the spot. It was filled with so many clams and potatoes! It was super creamy and warmed me right up. They cook their Clam Chowder with bacon, which gave it an added flavor.

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We also had the Lobster Bisque ($9.00), which had lobster tortellinis in it. The soup was thick and creamy and very flavorful. I could really taste the lobster in it. I still prefer Fish’s lobster bisque but this one really came close.

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We then split an order of Fish & Chips ($18.00) because we knew we’d be pretty full from the soups. The fried fish was very juicy on the inside and crispy on the outside. The fries were also perfectly crunchy and thick cut.

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After all our savory dishes were cleared away, we decided to split the Blueberry Creme Brulée ($7.00), which featured fresh blueberries in the custard. I’m always a fan of creme brulée so this one was even better since it had one of my favorite fruits. If you’re a blueberry fan, this dessert is definitely for you!

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Service was prompt and attentive. Our food came in a very timely manner and we never had to wait long. I can’t speak for it’s busier dinner hours but lunch service was very good. I can’t wait to be back to try out some more of their other seafood dishes!

Cull & Pistol

I noticed Cull & Pistol on Yelp’s new businesses listing a few weeks ago and read through the reviews. Although was only a small amount of reviews, most of the feedback have been positive. I’m not in the Chelsea area often so I mentally noted the restaurant for future usage. I had forgotten about Cull & Pistol until one day when the Boyfriend and I had just walked the High Line in 90 degree weather and wanted to hide inside Chelsea Market. Lo and behold, Cull & Pistol was right next door to our destination spot of Lobster Place. Lobster Place was really full so we opted to try Cull & Pistol instead since we were looking for somewhere to sit and cool off from the heat. We were greeted immediately be the hostess who sat us by the bar. We were able to see the workers shucking and cleaning oysters, clams and other types of seafood. While we were waiting for our food, we noticed that the workers behind the bar all wore Lobster Place uniforms. We found out later that Cull & Pistol is the restaurant offshoot from Lobster Place and all their seafood comes from next door. You’re guaranteed fresh seafood every single time! IMG_3779 We started off with half a dozen Littleneck Clams ($1.00 each), which is served with their housemade cocktail sauce and vinegar. I thought that the vinegar wasn’t quite strong enough and the housemade cocktail sauce was a bit too chunky. It didn’t really slide onto the clams that well. The clams, however, were very fresh. They did not smell or taste fishy at all. In fact, I didn’t even need the vinegar or the cocktail sauce to go with the clams. They were so fresh that I could’ve eaten them straight up by themselves! IMG_3781 We opted to share the Long Island Clam Toast ($11.00), which is served in a mixture of Dickson’s tasso ham and a garlic aioli on grilled ciabatta bread. The Yelpers did not steer me wrong! The tasso ham and garlic aioli worked together really well and provided one of the most unique mixtures I have ever eaten in my life. The result was an extremely creamy and salty combination that gave so much flavor to the steamed clams. I highly recommend this dish! I could come here, order two plates of these babies, and be the most content person in the entire restaurant. IMG_3782 We also decided to share the Lobster Roll ($24.00), which is served with a side of New Bay fries. They offer their lobster rolls Connecticut style or Maine style. Both the Boyfriend and I prefer Connecticut style lobster rolls so we decided on that one. We both hold Red Hook Lobster Pound as our favorite lobster roll so we compare every other roll that we have to it. Cull & Pistol’s lobster roll really put up a good fight. The lobster is steamed and tossed in a butter and lemon sauce. But I think there’s more to it than just butter and lemon. It was a lot wetter than your standard lobster roll, which ensured that the lobster stayed juicy and not dry out (unlike Lobster Joint’s lobster roll). There was also a distinct taste of something else a little spicier. Regardless of what it was, I thoroughly enjoyed it. I also really liked the New Bay fries, which are basically thin fries with Old Bay seasoning. The thin fries were really crispy and crunchy! IMG_3783 After our meal, we were given complimentary gelato from L’Arte del gelato! It’s a tiny portion but they got so many extra points because of it. I love restaurants that give out tiny complimentary desserts instead of offering a dessert menu. It prevents me from overeating and it’s a nice little sweet end to a great meal. We received an orange creamsicle gelato, which was absolutely delicious. I will definitely need to pay L’Arte a visit! IMG_3785 The service was quick and attentive. Our food arrived in a timely manner and we never felt rushed to leave. I think I’ll continue to come to Cull & Pistol instead of Lobster Place. You get the same delicious seafood but in a much nicer setting with more gourmet options. The prices are pretty fair and they even have their own bathroom in the restaurant. You don’t have to go outside and line up for the public bathrooms in Chelsea Market!