I was thrilled to go to City Lobster and Steak, more for the lobster than for the steak to be honest. As you know if you follow this blog, I am definitely a carnivore and enjoy a good ribeye, but, after trying a lobster roll few years ago at The Red Hook Lobster Pound food truck, I became addicted to it.
This is a fairly big place and, when you enter you cannot miss the large fish tank full of lobsters, some of them of a fairly good size.
The rest of the dining room is pretty well decorated, with of course the main theme, seafood, well represented.
Menu wise, it is a seafood place and, although mentioned in the name, steaks are just accessories: they only offer a filet mignon and NY strip, with of course, a surf and turf option.
After a bit of bread and butter, I decided to pick only seafood dishes, although tempted by the surf and turf I mentioned before, thinking that, this restaurant being a seafood place, I would probably be disappointed by the meat...
I skipped the wedge salad and went for a crab cake, served with a New England succotash (dish made with corn, peppers...).
It was a decent crab cake, with not too much filler, but I admit that I was expecting better from a seafood place. It was definitely not at the level of the crab cake at Del Frisco's or Ruth's Chris that are close by.
For the entrée, I was excited to try the lobster roll:
I was thrilled to try it, but I have to say that when it came to the table, I was a bit surprised by the presentation that was not as appetizing as the ones I had at The Red Hook Lobster Pound or Luke's Lobster. I also was surprised by the quantity as, $24 is not cheap and one could expect a good size roll. Taste wise...the brioche was good! Yes, the lobster was disappointing: I do not know how they prepare it, but it was watery, mushy and bland. I am not sure how they went from the beautiful lobster at the entrance to this...
The fries? Just ok: I prefer them crispy.
I thought dessert would erase my memory from the disappointment of the lobster roll, but it was not the case. I did not like the key lime pie, that might have been better with a thicker crust, and the chocolate layer cake was not as chocolatey as it looked like.
At least, I got a good espresso, but it was not what I came for...
So I believe you have guessed what I will answer when asked if I would go back. You are right: it is a no...
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