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Posted by RazzyB on 03/10/2010
We've always wanted Lobster but never had any until our trip to Ed's Lobster Bar. It turned out we'd gone there on a Thursday which was a Whole 1 1/2lb Lobster for $28 day. However my partner and I were a bit worried as we'd never eaten Lobster before and wouldn't have known where to start. The friendly staff explained everything to us and put us at ease about ordering the lobster. So we ordered the Bisque and the Muscles for the starter, and a whole boiled lobster each for the main. The starters were excellent. Full of flavour. Couldn't ask for more. Then came the lobsters... ...wow! One of the staff helpfully showed us exactly how to eat it, how to get the meat out of the claws and knuckles (joints) and then we went to work. It was amazing. Ed, the owner also joined us briefly to give us some eating tips too. Magnificent! As I have already mentioned, the staff were excellent. The atmosphere perfect - not loud but not intimate - it's called "bar" after all, but it was an excellent night which I'll always remember and can't wait to go back again. Full Marks Ed - Thanks for everything!
Posted by Anon. on 01/12/2010
Steamed Lobster - hot outside, refrigerator cold inside can only mean reheated lobster. At these prices, outrageous. And then, when I complained, the waitress offered to " throw it in the boiling water to heat up." I told her I was willing to wait for a freshly cooked one. The new one was not the size I was charged for...it was much smaller. No apologies from the staff, no visit from a manager. I live around the corner....and I love lobster. I am willing to travel for it...I will not return here.
Posted by local on 08/09/2009
Lobster Roll was good (not great), but overpriced at $27. Throw in surly & rude bartender (I was eating at the bar) who could barely acknowledge my existence (no greeting, no eye contact, no thank you, no goodbye, no checking on how the food was, and generally seemed put out to have to "wait" on anyone and made me feel like I was bothering him by sitting there ) and you don't have a good combination. The young asian girl prepping oysters in front of me was nice, the only nice thing I can say. I won't be back.
Posted by Debbie V. on 08/09/2009
I don't understand why there are so many negative reviews about this place on menu pages when on all the others they are mostly great. Well I enjoyed my meal. Went on a Wednesday had these great lobster meatballs, all i can say is WOW! My friend had a lobster roll, fresh and overstuffed, with probably the best fries in New York. We also split half a dozen tatamagoughi oyster "fresh" is the best description and we had a fried oyster slider each, words cant describe how great they are. It was busy, but the service was very friendly and attentive. All must check this place out.
Posted by Ellen Bee. on 06/28/2009
Service always seems to be slim in this Nolita spot but what it lacks in staff it more than made up in the form of a yummy lobster roll. Hand down best in the city!
Posted by Anonymous on 06/27/2009
For all the foodies out there, stick to Pearl or Mermaid Inn--- Ed your lobster roll is the most bland lobster roll in NYC and over priced. Cute place and great location, I hope you do an overhaul.
Posted by disappointed on 03/22/2009
I should have paid attention to the reviews below, lamenting the decline in quality of this restaurant -- sad, but true! The steamed lobster is ok, nothing special, but lobster rolls were tough and bland (except for the mayonnaise) -- and everything is overpriced. NB! the on-line menu doesn't reflect the prices currently charged in the restaurant. Both the food and wines are more expensive than the prices listed on their website. Changes in the menu are not on the website menu, either. While other restaurants are offering specials or promotions, Ed's prices are simply increasing. Two of our party of 3 arrived -- we explained that the third person was at an event and would join us shortly; we offered to order the meals for all 3 of us; nevertheless, they would not seat us except at a table for 2, although several empty tables were available (they do not take reservations). It was clear that they didn't care if we stayed or left. Since our friend was to meet us there, we stayed. Our waitress was very nice and attentive -- the only saving grace in an otherwise disappointing experience. In this economy, if you lay out $85 for dinner, as each of us did last night, you'd like it to be for excellent food, good value, and a welcoming atmosphere. Ed's Lobster provided none of these. Does Ed read his reviews?