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City Lobster & Steakhouse
Posted by Anonymous on 03/11/2013
I and a business associate went here on Friday March 1st, 2013 for lunch after a meeting we had in the diamond district with a client. It was a place he had seen and wanted to try since we both agreed we wanted a more healthy bite to eat rather than the typical steakhouse lunches we are accustomed to doing. Let me start by saying the aesthetics of the restaurant is nice to look at and comfortable to sit in. The host seems professional but very business like - no "Mr. Congeniality"; but I can accept that. We ordered off the lunch Prix-fixe menu. I ordered Appetizer: Chilled Sewansecott "Virginia Salt" Oysters On The 1/2 Shell (4), Entree:Maryland "Eastern Shore" Crab cak(e) with Late Harvest Corn & Sun-Dried Cherry Relish and Dessert: Our Real Florida Key Lime Pie, Drink: Iced Water. My associate ordered Appetizer: Baked Mid-Atlantic Oysters And Crab meat Rockefeller (2), Entree: "City's" Down East Lobster Roll with Homemade Fries & Cole Slaw and Dessert: Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie, Drink: Pelligrino . The wait was a minimum of 30 minutes for the food to FINALLY come out of the kitchen. When the food finally did come out we were both amazed to see ONE SINGLE crab cake on the plate. In my entire life of ordering Maryland Crab Cakes, I have yet to ever see one single crab cake come out on a plate and be defined as an ENTREE and NOT an appetizer - nor specified on the menu as they have for the clams and oysters are on the menu for their appetizers. My associate looked at me and said "Are you sure that is enough, and you do not want to order something else additional"? Based on the time it took to bring out our initial order, I was fearful we would be there all afternoon and never return to the office in a sufficient amount of time. After taking 2 bites of the crab cake, we decided he was right and asked the busboy to call over our waiter so we could place another order without waiting another 30 minutes. After our busboy could not find our waiter, he called over the pleasurable host, and I told him to place another order for the Maryland "Eastern Shore" Crab Cake with Late Harvest Corn & Sun-Dried Cherry Relish.
Posted by Alfredo H. on 02/23/2013
Came for the 99 cent oysters and ended up having an early dinner due to the awesome prix-fixe menu. We had 18 raw oysters, baked oysters, steamed lobsters, a key lime pie and some kind of cheesecake creme brulee hybrid. Food was delicious and satisfying and the friendly service was a big plus. Out total? $100+tip
Posted by izabella on 01/31/2013
I went with my friends to City lobster and steakhouse for restaurant week dinner. We had to wait 20 min for our table (we made reservation 2 weeks before we went) and when we got to the table we only had 4 menus for 5 people. After 15 minutes we had to ask for glass of water, which we got 10 minutes later and it was never refilled through the whole evening. The food was good, but it took very long time to place the order and get the food. The place is very noisy and crouded, the service was awful and we order bottle of wine for $35, which costs8-9$in the liquor store. I like that wine so I always buy it at the store. When we got the bill it was hand written on the bill that18-20% tips are not included the bill. I’ve never seen anything like that before and I go out to dinner quiet often. I’ll never go back there and won’t recommend City lobster and steakhouse an to anyone. There are plenty of good restaurants inNY where you can enjoy your meal and service.
Posted by aje on 01/18/2013
$250 meal and the lobster arrived COLD, the fries and onions arrived COLD. When we told the waiter he just 'shrugged his shoulders' as if to say so what. Even the coffee at the end of the meal tasted bitter as if it was made the day before. We left there and went to another restaurant to have lunch.
Posted by Jay Ryan on 08/14/2012
Well my wife and I decided to try City Lobster out for Restaurant Week. I got to say I was less then pleased with the experience. Ordered a Manhattan and recived the weakest, most watery drink that I have ever had, did not send it back because my wife doesn't like confrontation. Next they brought dinner rolls to the table and butter. The butter was that nice room temp so that you can spread, but after one bite I stopped eating because the rolls were a day past stale. For an appetizer my wife got the chowder which was really tasty - home run on that. I got the BLT salad and it was adequate, get the dressing on the side if you are like me and don't want your salad dripping in salad dressing. For the entree I got the crab cakes and they where excellent, up there with City Crab and Ed's Chowder House. However my wife's lobster was overcooked, chewy and rubbery and they have a $5.00 up-charge. Dessert was also not great. Profiteroles that where below average but my 'Warm Peach and Blueberry Parcel' tasted like it had been sitting in a warming tray for the last couple of hours. How can you make filo dough seem as if it was Pillsbury dough from the store? And the service was inattentive; I finally had to ask for my water glass to be refilled. Finished plates sat on our table for longer then 5 minutes and the restaurant was not even that packed. The attitude seemed to be that we were lucky to be there. Go to City Crab if you want a great all around experience.
Posted by George A. on 04/27/2012
We had a lovely dinner at City Lobster & Steak. $1 oysers were great, all 24 of them. My wife had the "Angry" lobster and I really enjoyed their original recipe crab cakes. The wine list is big enough to accomodate a wide variety of palates, and budgets! This place may not change your life, but it might just change your day.
Posted by notzagat on 02/02/2012
Two of us came for Restaurant Week prix fixe dinner. Appetizers—baked oysters and calamari; both nicely prepared, fresh, calamari lightly fried, aioli sauce with a kick, oysters were tasty. Entrees—cioppino was good, a crab leg and a lobster claw, not much more of the other seafood either, in dark broth (like something Cajun) with pasta; filet mignon oscar was ordered rare as IMHO most steak and especially this cut should be. It was prepared rare but the outside was also lightly cooked. We’ve always seen filet mignon charred on the outside and rare on the inside. There was nothing close to charred state-big disappointment. Key lime pie and crème brulee cheesecake were excellent. Lime flavor exuded. A steamer appetizer (1 lb) was $14 and good; clams were cleaned very well. Coffee was $3.95. Service was tops and even when busy. Still for $118 (no drinks) we'd not return.