After a couple of years feeding the avid crowd of lobster rolls at Pier 13, Luke's Lobster set foot in Hoboken and opened on May 15th. It replaced a pizza joint that seemed to be always closed and was definitely a questionable business choice, considering the number of pizzerias in the area. The pizza place was preceded by a frites joint that unfortunately did not have the same success as Pommes Frites in the East Village. Why do I think that Luke's Lobster will do better? First, there is no other lobster place in the area, solely restaurants serving their own version of the divine sandwich. Second, it is Luke's Lobster and if they keep the same quality, it will surely be a hit. Third, they reorganized the place so there are seats inside and outside. It is in fact slightly bigger than their flagship restaurant, but a tiny bit.
We went there on a Sunday night and the place was reasonably crowded, few people taking their order and eating it in the park. We decided to stay inside, where the air conditioning was blasting.
Jodi does not like seafood, so we were glad that they proposed a grilled cheese.
She decided to go for cheddar cheese over American. It was a decent grilled cheese, definitely not amazing and just an option for people who do not like lobster, crab or shrimp.
On my side, I went with the combo called Taste of Maine, that, for $22, came with half lobster roll, half crab roll, half shrimp roll, two crab claws, a pickle, chips and a soda.
It was a good deal considering all of this, but do not imagine that you will end up with large claws: they were definitely small.
My favorite was the lobster roll and then the crab roll, that were delicious, with lot of meat on a buttered bun that was fantastic. I love the fact that they do not smother the seafood with mayonnaise, so you can taste it. My least favorite was the shrimp roll that I found bland.
Although this was a no-surprise meal, I am glad that they opened in Hoboken and hope they will be successful. Well, not to the point it will be impossible to go there though...
Enjoy (I did)!
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