Ed's Lobster Bar

★★★★☆
Time was this humble thin long strip (think fried clam) of a restaurant was a failed French establishment, where seldom a diner was seen. We know the story well, because we frequently visited friends in the building. Then a transformation into a lobster bar�which while mildly popular was not exactly a household name, given the profusion of glossy seafood shacks around town. We noted the price of a humble lobster roll: astronomical. How to become famous by being infamous? Get sued by your former boss for theft of her intellectual property, i.e. recipes. For those who have ever eaten seafood in New England�in particular, at the many lobster shacks of Maine�you already know the infamous oyster is best supped here at Grand Central's legendary Oyster Bar , where the placement of checkered tablecloths has neither been patented nor led to a lawsuit. But the beloved lobster at Ed's? Save your money for a rental car, and head directly to Harraseeket Lunch & Lobster in Freeport, or to any of Maine's dozens of other humble lobster establishments to taste the authentic hereafter. However, now that Ed's has garnered publicity that not even $100,000 of public relations can buy, we expect stellar success and much dissection (or is that vivisection?) of these lobsters.
  • 222 Lafayette St

    New York, NY 10012

    Cross street: nr. Spring St.

    Map & Directions
  • 212-343-3236

About Ed's Lobster Bar

Hours
Mon-Thu, noon-3pm and 5pm-11pm; Fri, noon-3pm and 5pm-midnight; Sat, noon-midnight; Sun, noon-9pm

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Walking into the restaurant I thought it was very small but that was not alarming. It has a train track design until you get to the back where it opens up a little.

The waiters we had were pleasant and the place was crowded. We thought that we were in for a nice treat.

When you pay twenty something dollars for a lobster roll it needs to be hefty and cooked to perfection. Needless to say it was a bland mayo concoction. At least I could've had a generous amount of fries with some seasoning...but no.

The clam linguine was nice and seasoned very well. This was much better than the lobster roll. The clam chowder was nice but gosh.

Will not be back.

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★☆☆☆☆

Walking into the restaurant I thought it was very small but that was not alarming. It has a train track design until you get to the back where it opens up a little.

The waiters we had were pleasant and the place was crowded. We thought that we were in for a nice treat.

When you pay twenty something dollars for a lobster roll it needs to be hefty and cooked to perfection. Needless to say it was a bland mayo concoction. At least I could've had a generous amount of fries with some seasoning...but no.

The clam linguine was nice and seasoned very well. This was much better than the lobster roll. The clam chowder was nice but gosh.

Will not be back.

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A trio of us have been on a summer long quest for the perfect lobster roll as a sort of compensatory gesture to the rainiest summer in memory. So we're more than accustomed to cramped small places serving amazing lobster and to the somewhat precious, though ultimately very efficient, manner in which seating is handled at these places. When we got to Ed's last Thursday at 6:45 and there wasn't a line, we felt fortunate. When we told them there were three of us and they said they had a table right away? Score! Turns out they'd misunderstood and there were only tables for two, so back to the front where we all three find a seat on the cushions to wait for a table. So life is good. Then three seats at the bar open up and when the host offers them to us we jump. Total wait time 20 minutes. Not bad at all. That's when things began to sloooowwwww. It took much longer than it should for us to be offered even a glass of water. Having achieved basic hydration and having never been to Ed's before, we did have the temerity to ask what "Snow Vodka" is as we didn't know if "snow" refers to a brand name or perhaps a house speciality. We quickly regretted not just ordering a glass of wine as it took an inordinate amount of time to get that answer. Once we'd ordered everything we sat back to enjoy the lovely ambiance and to chat amongst ourselves. And we sat and chatted. And we sat and chatted. And we began to notice drinks arrive for other people who'd shown up at the bar way after we did but who seemed to be regulars or at least known to the heavily tattooed man who may have been either Ed or his surrogate (who knows?) When this happened a few times we finally said, "what's up?" to which the bartender responded by hastily beginning to make our drinks. But by this point we'd been waiting very, very patiently only to be nearly ignored for over a half hour (which sums to nearly an hour in total with only a glass of water to show for our patience) and so we very politely announced our departure. Honestly this place should consider installing a velvet rope, BETWEEN BARSTOOLS IF NEED BE, so one knows in advance precisely where one stands (or sits as in this case) in the pecking order. One of the earlier reviews here says the service at Ed's is much better than at Pearls. At least at Pearls they are quite clear about what the rules are, and if one is content to abide by them, an amazing culinary experience awaits. In the case of Ed's, we'll never know. What we do know is there in an amazing French bistro across the street on Cleveland with a lovely garden and great service. Vive la France!

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★☆☆☆☆

A trio of us have been on a summer long quest for the perfect lobster roll as a sort of compensatory gesture to the rainiest summer in memory. So we're more than accustomed to cramped small places serving amazing lobster and to the somewhat precious, though ultimately very efficient, manner in which seating is handled at these places. When we got to Ed's last Thursday at 6:45 and there wasn't a line, we felt fortunate. When we told them there were three of us and they said they had a table right away? Score! Turns out they'd misunderstood and there were only tables for two, so back to the front where we all three find a seat on the cushions to wait for a table. So life is good. Then three seats at the bar open up and when the host offers them to us we jump. Total wait time 20 minutes. Not bad at all. That's when things began to sloooowwwww. It took much longer than it should for us to be offered even a glass of water. Having achieved basic hydration and having never been to Ed's before, we did have the temerity to ask what "Snow Vodka" is as we didn't know if "snow" refers to a brand name or perhaps a house speciality. We quickly regretted not just ordering a glass of wine as it took an inordinate amount of time to get that answer. Once we'd ordered everything we sat back to enjoy the lovely ambiance and to chat amongst ourselves. And we sat and chatted. And we sat and chatted. And we began to notice drinks arrive for other people who'd shown up at the bar way after we did but who seemed to be regulars or at least known to the heavily tattooed man who may have been either Ed or his surrogate (who knows?) When this happened a few times we finally said, "what's up?" to which the bartender responded by hastily beginning to make our drinks. But by this point we'd been waiting very, very patiently only to be nearly ignored for over a half hour (which sums to nearly an hour in total with only a glass of water to show for our patience) and so we very politely announced our departure. Honestly this place should consider installing a velvet rope, BETWEEN BARSTOOLS IF NEED BE, so one knows in advance precisely where one stands (or sits as in this case) in the pecking order. One of the earlier reviews here says the service at Ed's is much better than at Pearls. At least at Pearls they are quite clear about what the rules are, and if one is content to abide by them, an amazing culinary experience awaits. In the case of Ed's, we'll never know. What we do know is there in an amazing French bistro across the street on Cleveland with a lovely garden and great service. Vive la France!

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reading the reviews, what are you people on, For lobster rolls there is only really one place...Marys fish camp, nothing else compares in the city, ed's lobster is alright dont get me wrong but very very dry and small..

and the same price as marys

CHECK IT OUT

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★★★☆☆

reading the reviews, what are you people on, For lobster rolls there is only really one place...Marys fish camp, nothing else compares in the city, ed's lobster is alright dont get me wrong but very very dry and small..

and the same price as marys

CHECK IT OUT

Pros: great location

Cons: loster roll

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as a long time NY-er (who has moved out of town) this is one of my favorite restaurants. I have been craving a lobster roll and when I visit next week I am definitely going to visit Ed's. Great atmosphere (even if it is a bit cramped). Never had a bad meal here. Worth every penny. Great wine recommendations. Love the marble bar and wainscotting.

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★★★★☆

as a long time NY-er (who has moved out of town) this is one of my favorite restaurants. I have been craving a lobster roll and when I visit next week I am definitely going to visit Ed's. Great atmosphere (even if it is a bit cramped). Never had a bad meal here. Worth every penny. Great wine recommendations. Love the marble bar and wainscotting.

Pros: awesome lobster roll, chill atmosphere and good service

Cons: hard to go with a group, need to go early for a seat

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We used to love it, but Ed's lobster has really deteriorated: prices have gone up and the quality of the food has gone down. There's not much to recommend it any more -- eating there is not a pleasant experience. The prices on the web menu need updating -- they don't reflect what the restaurant now charges. Value for $$$ is poor.

1
★★☆☆☆

We used to love it, but Ed's lobster has really deteriorated: prices have gone up and the quality of the food has gone down. There's not much to recommend it any more -- eating there is not a pleasant experience. The prices on the web menu need updating -- they don't reflect what the restaurant now charges. Value for $$$ is poor.

Pros: nice waitstaff

Cons: overpriced, overrated, food just average

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Overstuffed lobster roll brightened with a hint of lemon and complemented by crispy, buttery roll. Accompanied by great fries and homemade bread and butter pickle. Also great were the Maine prawns special, the scallop entree and lobster bisque. Soho very lucky to have in the neighborhood. Watch out Pearl! Highly recommend.

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★★★★★

Overstuffed lobster roll brightened with a hint of lemon and complemented by crispy, buttery roll. Accompanied by great fries and homemade bread and butter pickle. Also great were the Maine prawns special, the scallop entree and lobster bisque. Soho very lucky to have in the neighborhood. Watch out Pearl! Highly recommend.

Pros: Fresh seafood, well prepared, great value. Adorable spot, friendly service.

Cons: Seating a little tight

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Special food in an unpretentious setting. Great non-alcoholic drinks from the bar. Try the freshly made limeade. Lobster rolls were as they should be: immaculately fresh, uncomplicated, and tasty versions of an American roadside classic. We've eaten there several times, and Ed's always exceeds our expectations. Nice balance of informality (a little more New York than Maine coast) and urban smooth. The tight quarters made it easy to chat with staff and the guys (gals) sitting next to us--and Ed is there too!
Good stuff!

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★★★★★

Special food in an unpretentious setting. Great non-alcoholic drinks from the bar. Try the freshly made limeade. Lobster rolls were as they should be: immaculately fresh, uncomplicated, and tasty versions of an American roadside classic. We've eaten there several times, and Ed's always exceeds our expectations. Nice balance of informality (a little more New York than Maine coast) and urban smooth. The tight quarters made it easy to chat with staff and the guys (gals) sitting next to us--and Ed is there too!
Good stuff!

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I've been to Ed's many times, I've never had a bad meal and I've had several great ones. I enjoy the friendly attentive service and the best steamed clams I've ever had. The bluefish is also great, and my wife loves the linguine and clam sauce. The caesar salad is outstanding, garlicky and just right with anchovies - I live way up town - but still come down for lunch when I can. I also really enjoy the lemonade and limeade (spiked or not) - freshly made and great with the seafood.

I bring my friends to Ed's and they really enjoy it.

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★★★★★

I've been to Ed's many times, I've never had a bad meal and I've had several great ones. I enjoy the friendly attentive service and the best steamed clams I've ever had. The bluefish is also great, and my wife loves the linguine and clam sauce. The caesar salad is outstanding, garlicky and just right with anchovies - I live way up town - but still come down for lunch when I can. I also really enjoy the lemonade and limeade (spiked or not) - freshly made and great with the seafood.

I bring my friends to Ed's and they really enjoy it.

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you go there for lobster, then you find the clams and the linguine with clam sauce; it's hard to imagine getting distracted from the lobster, but it's all so good, including the caesar salad....the bar's a great place to sit, the decor is fun, but it IS small, so be prepared to wait...

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★★★★☆

you go there for lobster, then you find the clams and the linguine with clam sauce; it's hard to imagine getting distracted from the lobster, but it's all so good, including the caesar salad....the bar's a great place to sit, the decor is fun, but it IS small, so be prepared to wait...

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This place is close to public transportation..first pro. The food is great, so is service, friendly staff and great atmosphere. Go and check it out yourself. Bon Apptite.

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★★★★★

This place is close to public transportation..first pro. The food is great, so is service, friendly staff and great atmosphere. Go and check it out yourself. Bon Apptite.

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Casual, bustling joint. Reasonably priced, yummy food! Very fresh food....definitely recommend it. Hve been there several times.

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★★★★★

Casual, bustling joint. Reasonably priced, yummy food! Very fresh food....definitely recommend it. Hve been there several times.

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I'd move in and pay the rent if they'd just let me at the steamers, fries and lobster rolls 24/7. I'd like to keep this place a secret but my civic duty compels me to share it publicly. Staff friendly, coureous and knowledgable. Informal in like everyone's family.

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★★★★★

I'd move in and pay the rent if they'd just let me at the steamers, fries and lobster rolls 24/7. I'd like to keep this place a secret but my civic duty compels me to share it publicly. Staff friendly, coureous and knowledgable. Informal in like everyone's family.

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Ed's has a casual atmosphere that caters to those who love seafood. The lobster roll is fabulous. I have been there numerous times and love the notion of sitting down having a glass of wine and enjoying the spectacular menu. I highly recommend Ed's and his friendly staff.

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★★★★★

Ed's has a casual atmosphere that caters to those who love seafood. The lobster roll is fabulous. I have been there numerous times and love the notion of sitting down having a glass of wine and enjoying the spectacular menu. I highly recommend Ed's and his friendly staff.

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An inviting bar area has kept me from joining the back room. Ideal for those of us who like to treat our palate to a mid afternoon lite, yet rich seafood feast. The wyne selection enhances the experience along with a mixed friendly crowd. Then, to the rodeo in SOHO ...

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★★★★★

An inviting bar area has kept me from joining the back room. Ideal for those of us who like to treat our palate to a mid afternoon lite, yet rich seafood feast. The wyne selection enhances the experience along with a mixed friendly crowd. Then, to the rodeo in SOHO ...

Cons: parking

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I'm a vegeterrorist and i still loved it! Great salads and soups! The service was warm and the atmosphere cozy. Great place.

2
★★★★★

I'm a vegeterrorist and i still loved it! Great salads and soups! The service was warm and the atmosphere cozy. Great place.

Pros: tasty

Cons: more veggie foods

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It's been a really welcome addition to the city. This is a lobster bar - they get crowded, noisy, at times teeter on chaos and this one's quite, quite wonderful. Personal favorites: the clams, the halibut, the infamous lobster roll, but I've never gone wrong there, so pick whatever and you'll not be disappointed.
Oh and I've never found the service to be anything other than great. They're knowledgeable and efficient, but mindful of the fact that there are a lot of people moving through a small space and they're not gonna be your new best friend. There are other neighborhoods, other types of restaurants, for a more leisurely dining experience. So get there early etc, etc. But get there.

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★★★★★

It's been a really welcome addition to the city. This is a lobster bar - they get crowded, noisy, at times teeter on chaos and this one's quite, quite wonderful. Personal favorites: the clams, the halibut, the infamous lobster roll, but I've never gone wrong there, so pick whatever and you'll not be disappointed.
Oh and I've never found the service to be anything other than great. They're knowledgeable and efficient, but mindful of the fact that there are a lot of people moving through a small space and they're not gonna be your new best friend. There are other neighborhoods, other types of restaurants, for a more leisurely dining experience. So get there early etc, etc. But get there.

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Great village seafood shop with some of the freshest, best seafood in NYC! Reasonably priced with a comfortable no frills decor, this place great for lunch or dinner. Friendly , excellent service lets you have a great meal without taking up the whole night. The lobster roll is one of a kind. Chef Ed rules.

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★★★★★

Great village seafood shop with some of the freshest, best seafood in NYC! Reasonably priced with a comfortable no frills decor, this place great for lunch or dinner. Friendly , excellent service lets you have a great meal without taking up the whole night. The lobster roll is one of a kind. Chef Ed rules.

Pros: food, service, price

Cons: none

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Ed's Lobster Bar may be small but its worth the wait. The Lobster Rolls are fantastic, there's a long list of oysters to choose from and the steamers are as sweet as candy. I love to sit at the bar where both the staff and the patrons on the neighboring stools next to you are friendly and eager to share their delight in their scrumptous meal. Whenever I go there it feels like the perfect end to a beautiful summer's day, the only thing missing is the beach!

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★★★★★

Ed's Lobster Bar may be small but its worth the wait. The Lobster Rolls are fantastic, there's a long list of oysters to choose from and the steamers are as sweet as candy. I love to sit at the bar where both the staff and the patrons on the neighboring stools next to you are friendly and eager to share their delight in their scrumptous meal. Whenever I go there it feels like the perfect end to a beautiful summer's day, the only thing missing is the beach!

Pros: great food and service; fun people

Cons: on the small side

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Found out about this place through a friend. Just went there for the first time last week, when the weather was at about 100 degrees. The service is EXCELLENT, very attentive and great with suggestions. The half lobster was the ideal thing to order to cool me down. The wine list is small, but they have what you need. The freshly hand-pounded lemonade is the best I've ever tasted. It was so good, I brought my parents back there with me the same night. The decor is simple and clean, and the raw sampler platter will give you everything you need to stay cool in the summer. MUST GO!

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★★★★★

Found out about this place through a friend. Just went there for the first time last week, when the weather was at about 100 degrees. The service is EXCELLENT, very attentive and great with suggestions. The half lobster was the ideal thing to order to cool me down. The wine list is small, but they have what you need. The freshly hand-pounded lemonade is the best I've ever tasted. It was so good, I brought my parents back there with me the same night. The decor is simple and clean, and the raw sampler platter will give you everything you need to stay cool in the summer. MUST GO!

Pros: service, food, the bar seating

Cons: tiny space, waiting for a seat

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I've been to this place a few times and always left happy. The last time though, on one of those chilly windy spring days, my lunch experience was less than enjoyable. The entrance door was kept open leaving all the chilly air come in. The manager refused to close it, without giving any reason. When I pointed out that all customers were wearing their coats and several other customers complained about the cold, including a mother with her toddler, the manager's response was "that's how it is, I can't close the door". Now, what kind of a dumb attitude is that? I told him it was the last time I came here. We still stayed for our lunch because we were craving lobster so badly, but when our food arrived, even the nice waiter was cold, serving the plates with his hands turned blue! The food is still good but I won't go back there because of the attitude.

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★★★☆☆

I've been to this place a few times and always left happy. The last time though, on one of those chilly windy spring days, my lunch experience was less than enjoyable. The entrance door was kept open leaving all the chilly air come in. The manager refused to close it, without giving any reason. When I pointed out that all customers were wearing their coats and several other customers complained about the cold, including a mother with her toddler, the manager's response was "that's how it is, I can't close the door". Now, what kind of a dumb attitude is that? I told him it was the last time I came here. We still stayed for our lunch because we were craving lobster so badly, but when our food arrived, even the nice waiter was cold, serving the plates with his hands turned blue! The food is still good but I won't go back there because of the attitude.

Pros: Excellent food

Cons: Slow service depending on how busy, manager's arrogant attitude.

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I went to Ed's on a Friday afternoon and I was impressed by the friendly staff, the decor, and most of all, the simple, but tasty menu. Ed's has the best lobster roll in town, the lobster was fresh, it had the perfect amount of mayo and chives. I was hesitant at first, I do not like celery, but Ed McFarland was absolutely right when he mentioned that I wouldn't taste the celery. The fries were crispy, tasty, and fresh. The Caesar's salad was far better than Pearl's (too garlicky for my taste). The sauvignon blanc is an excellent choice. If you don't want to wait to be seated, go during lunchtime, but if you are like me and don't mind waiting for a good dining experience go to Ed's for dinner.

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★★★★☆

I went to Ed's on a Friday afternoon and I was impressed by the friendly staff, the decor, and most of all, the simple, but tasty menu. Ed's has the best lobster roll in town, the lobster was fresh, it had the perfect amount of mayo and chives. I was hesitant at first, I do not like celery, but Ed McFarland was absolutely right when he mentioned that I wouldn't taste the celery. The fries were crispy, tasty, and fresh. The Caesar's salad was far better than Pearl's (too garlicky for my taste). The sauvignon blanc is an excellent choice. If you don't want to wait to be seated, go during lunchtime, but if you are like me and don't mind waiting for a good dining experience go to Ed's for dinner.

Pros: Fresh, tasty seafood. Best lobster roll

Cons: long waits at dinnertime

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This place is actually well worth any wait or line or whatever. So eat at the bar a table or curbside if they let you (kidding)! I was there on the opening night and my girlfriend and I try to eat there at least twice a month. The prices are completely reasonable and for the most part a non factor. Not only is the food top notch in my opinion but the staff is extremely friendly! Considering the place has been mobbed everytime I have been there, not once have I been disappointed. I would recommend this place to anyone and everyone. The lobster roll is hands down the best in all 5 boroughs, and the freshness and taste of every dish that I have eaten can definitely compete with a certain 4-star "club" on the water!

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★★★★★

This place is actually well worth any wait or line or whatever. So eat at the bar a table or curbside if they let you (kidding)! I was there on the opening night and my girlfriend and I try to eat there at least twice a month. The prices are completely reasonable and for the most part a non factor. Not only is the food top notch in my opinion but the staff is extremely friendly! Considering the place has been mobbed everytime I have been there, not once have I been disappointed. I would recommend this place to anyone and everyone. The lobster roll is hands down the best in all 5 boroughs, and the freshness and taste of every dish that I have eaten can definitely compete with a certain 4-star "club" on the water!

Pros: Nothing bad on the menu, making any decision a good one! Great staff all around.

Cons: Nothing bad on the menu, making every decision a hard one! Kinda small.

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went here for lunch on a saturday. it wasnt very crowded and the staff was very nice. i tired the fish sandwich and it was unbelievable! best i've ever had! it was huge too so i easily could've shared with someone. fries and oysters are also amazing!

2
★★★★★

went here for lunch on a saturday. it wasnt very crowded and the staff was very nice. i tired the fish sandwich and it was unbelievable! best i've ever had! it was huge too so i easily could've shared with someone. fries and oysters are also amazing!

Pros: great food, service

Cons: small

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I've spent a lot of time in Maine and North Shore Boston and I eat lobster rolls religiously. To put it simply, Ed's Lobster Roll may have been the best lobster roll I have ever had. The bun was soft, rich and buttery and the lobster salad was simple-- a little mayo, chive and lemon. The lobster was overflowing from the bun and could have fed two people. All in all, I look forward to coming back to Ed's to try the fried clams especially... and another lobster roll!

2
★★★★☆

I've spent a lot of time in Maine and North Shore Boston and I eat lobster rolls religiously. To put it simply, Ed's Lobster Roll may have been the best lobster roll I have ever had. The bun was soft, rich and buttery and the lobster salad was simple-- a little mayo, chive and lemon. The lobster was overflowing from the bun and could have fed two people. All in all, I look forward to coming back to Ed's to try the fried clams especially... and another lobster roll!

Pros: Lobster Roll, Service

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Had high expectations, of course, after Pearl. Well, I started off with the steamers, which were quite good as steamers go. Unfortunately I was extremely disappointed with the lobster roll. I'd never before had the following thought about a lobster roll: "Too... much... lobster..." Insufficient mayonnaise and, apparently, little BUT mayonnaise (and maybe a couple of chives) in the mix at all. Hello? TASTE?? Lotsa lobster doth not a lobster roll make -- the whole MIX does, the seasoning and spices and texture. They really need to get their recipe up to speed and consistent. (It's funny to see that other folks on Citysearch and elsewhere have had the opposite experience, too little lobster and too much mayo.)

HIGHLIGHT: Good service and a very friendly server. Good, inexpensive wine selections as well.

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★★★☆☆

Had high expectations, of course, after Pearl. Well, I started off with the steamers, which were quite good as steamers go. Unfortunately I was extremely disappointed with the lobster roll. I'd never before had the following thought about a lobster roll: "Too... much... lobster..." Insufficient mayonnaise and, apparently, little BUT mayonnaise (and maybe a couple of chives) in the mix at all. Hello? TASTE?? Lotsa lobster doth not a lobster roll make -- the whole MIX does, the seasoning and spices and texture. They really need to get their recipe up to speed and consistent. (It's funny to see that other folks on Citysearch and elsewhere have had the opposite experience, too little lobster and too much mayo.)

HIGHLIGHT: Good service and a very friendly server. Good, inexpensive wine selections as well.

Pros: Service was good, good inexpensive wines.

Cons: Lobster roll (which should be a pro).

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We've walked by this place a couple of times after it was open but it was always after we had dinner. We finally decided to go on a Thursday night and the place was packed. Luckily, there were two seats available on the side bar. We ordered 6 little neck and 6 oyster to start. The clams were a little bit disappointing in comparison to Pearl Oyster Bar in the West Village. I ordered the grilled bass and my boyfriend ordered the lobster roll. The bass was very good and it was enormous!! I didn't get a chance to taste the lobster roll as my boyfriend devoured it in two minutes!! Overall, we were happy with the place and would definitely go back! It?s a plus that it?s so much closer to us than Pearl.

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★★★★☆

We've walked by this place a couple of times after it was open but it was always after we had dinner. We finally decided to go on a Thursday night and the place was packed. Luckily, there were two seats available on the side bar. We ordered 6 little neck and 6 oyster to start. The clams were a little bit disappointing in comparison to Pearl Oyster Bar in the West Village. I ordered the grilled bass and my boyfriend ordered the lobster roll. The bass was very good and it was enormous!! I didn't get a chance to taste the lobster roll as my boyfriend devoured it in two minutes!! Overall, we were happy with the place and would definitely go back! It?s a plus that it?s so much closer to us than Pearl.

Pros: Grilled Fish and Clam Chowder w/ bacon

Cons: Little Neck

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i'd never had a lobster roll before, lobster chunks served inside a hot dog bun, nice beers too. my buddy and i split the lobster roll and the grilled hallibut, 6 oysters to start, 2 beers a piece, we spent 54 each after tax and tip. fun experience, the place was packed, the servers at the community bar were cute girls.

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★★★★☆

i'd never had a lobster roll before, lobster chunks served inside a hot dog bun, nice beers too. my buddy and i split the lobster roll and the grilled hallibut, 6 oysters to start, 2 beers a piece, we spent 54 each after tax and tip. fun experience, the place was packed, the servers at the community bar were cute girls.

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Wouldn't recommend this place. OK (and expensive) food. Inexperienced waitress who's inaccurate descriptions added to the misery. Cramped uncommfortable seating. I went to this webpage to review this restaurant, and found bad reviews galore! No shock here. The waitress effusively recommended the mussels in the dijon horseradish sauce, it wasn't a taste sensation, barely edible. Linguini and clam sauce was mediocre, too spicy-hot and inaccurately described by the waitress. Enjoyed the lobster roll. But not enough to go back.

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★★★☆☆

Wouldn't recommend this place. OK (and expensive) food. Inexperienced waitress who's inaccurate descriptions added to the misery. Cramped uncommfortable seating. I went to this webpage to review this restaurant, and found bad reviews galore! No shock here. The waitress effusively recommended the mussels in the dijon horseradish sauce, it wasn't a taste sensation, barely edible. Linguini and clam sauce was mediocre, too spicy-hot and inaccurately described by the waitress. Enjoyed the lobster roll. But not enough to go back.

Pros: Raw bar

Cons: Terrible wait service, poorly described items on chalkboard, cramped uncomfortable seating

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Went to Ed's Lobster bar last night and sat at the bar. I ordered the sauvignon blanc which was very good. Also ordered the mussels and striped bass while my boyfriend got the lobster roll. There was a TON of lobster in the lobster roll, more than enough for one person. The mussels were the best I have ever had. The striped bass was a little lacking. The veggies and potatoes it came with were pretty bad and the actual fish was fresh but lacking any additional flavor. Overall, I did think it was expensive for what we got, considering that you sit at the bar and though i wouldn't say i felt rushed, it wasn't a situation where i would feel comfortable lingering either. If you want to try something different or want a decent but pricey lobster roll then I would give it a try. If you've done this a million times before I wouldn't bother. I'm glad I checked it out but I won't be back.

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★★★☆☆

Went to Ed's Lobster bar last night and sat at the bar. I ordered the sauvignon blanc which was very good. Also ordered the mussels and striped bass while my boyfriend got the lobster roll. There was a TON of lobster in the lobster roll, more than enough for one person. The mussels were the best I have ever had. The striped bass was a little lacking. The veggies and potatoes it came with were pretty bad and the actual fish was fresh but lacking any additional flavor. Overall, I did think it was expensive for what we got, considering that you sit at the bar and though i wouldn't say i felt rushed, it wasn't a situation where i would feel comfortable lingering either. If you want to try something different or want a decent but pricey lobster roll then I would give it a try. If you've done this a million times before I wouldn't bother. I'm glad I checked it out but I won't be back.

Pros: ambiance, theme

Cons: over-priced

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These are just opinions from people who've eaten here, it's not their fault they didn't find the experience pleasant. You're probably a friend of the owner and is upset that the reviews have been negative so far. I've been to Ed's and I do agree with the reviews, it's not recommended for the price and food along with the lack of eating space.

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★☆☆☆☆

These are just opinions from people who've eaten here, it's not their fault they didn't find the experience pleasant. You're probably a friend of the owner and is upset that the reviews have been negative so far. I've been to Ed's and I do agree with the reviews, it's not recommended for the price and food along with the lack of eating space.

Pros: Location

Cons: Food, Price, Eating Space

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I understand that restaurants take a few months to adjust but it was just ...not good. the service was so so, not informative and no idea how to present the dishes. The lobster roll was more mayo and celery than lobster meat, the lob. pie was bland and watery and we were rushed out, "we have people waiting so if you're done, can you pay your check now?" was what we were told.

I can't rec. this place right now, I hope they step it up a notch or they may not be around.

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★★☆☆☆

I understand that restaurants take a few months to adjust but it was just ...not good. the service was so so, not informative and no idea how to present the dishes. The lobster roll was more mayo and celery than lobster meat, the lob. pie was bland and watery and we were rushed out, "we have people waiting so if you're done, can you pay your check now?" was what we were told.

I can't rec. this place right now, I hope they step it up a notch or they may not be around.

Pros: location

Cons: service, food

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I've been twice and food could not have been better and service was above and beyond. Its a lobster bar people! If you want someone to kiss your a** go to a Danny Meyer restaurant.

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★★★★★

I've been twice and food could not have been better and service was above and beyond. Its a lobster bar people! If you want someone to kiss your a** go to a Danny Meyer restaurant.

Pros: was greeted by everyone from owner to oyster guy upon arrival

Cons: the growing number of clueless people who think they are food experts saying bad things about a really good place

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I had read bad reviews on this place and still decided to check it out for myself. I should've trusted the reviews and saved my money --- don't make the same mistake I did. They did a great job creating a great space out of this tiny narrow restaurant. Great ambiance. Great Caesar's salad. And that's where it ends. Overwhelmingly, it was the service or "arrogant" poor service that pushed it over to the DO NOT RETURN column. Just when will these noteworthy chefs realize that all their hard-earned currency goes up in one pathethic puff of smoke when you allow poor service to go unchecked in a place with your own name on it?! The soup came out cold and remained cold at our table. When politely asked to return the untouched soup to the kitchen for a fresh hot bowl, we were given lip service by our waitress. And then my friend who had the seafood entree found it entirely unfulfilling and regretfully still felt hungry after paying for a $20 entree that was no more filling than an appetizer. The food is not as bad as some of the reviews but when combined with the grotesquesly poor service --- Red Lobster begins to look like a 5-star dining experience. Sad to have to write this review as it's indeed a very nice addition to the neighborhood but unless they shape up the service and the pricing, it won't fare any better than last season's hotpants.

0
★☆☆☆☆

I had read bad reviews on this place and still decided to check it out for myself. I should've trusted the reviews and saved my money --- don't make the same mistake I did. They did a great job creating a great space out of this tiny narrow restaurant. Great ambiance. Great Caesar's salad. And that's where it ends. Overwhelmingly, it was the service or "arrogant" poor service that pushed it over to the DO NOT RETURN column. Just when will these noteworthy chefs realize that all their hard-earned currency goes up in one pathethic puff of smoke when you allow poor service to go unchecked in a place with your own name on it?! The soup came out cold and remained cold at our table. When politely asked to return the untouched soup to the kitchen for a fresh hot bowl, we were given lip service by our waitress. And then my friend who had the seafood entree found it entirely unfulfilling and regretfully still felt hungry after paying for a $20 entree that was no more filling than an appetizer. The food is not as bad as some of the reviews but when combined with the grotesquesly poor service --- Red Lobster begins to look like a 5-star dining experience. Sad to have to write this review as it's indeed a very nice addition to the neighborhood but unless they shape up the service and the pricing, it won't fare any better than last season's hotpants.

Pros: Nice Ambience for a small space.

Cons: Service. Pricing. Food is only mediocre.

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My two friends and I were a bit worried after reading other reviews, but we soldiered on anyway. To avoid late-evening madness, we arrived at 6:30 on a Wednesday. It was disconcerting to hear that since our party was under four, we HAD to sit at the bar. ("It's called Ed's Lobster BAR!" the maitre d' explained.) We were concerned that chatting and dining three in a row would be awkward, but after craning our necks to inspect the larger parties stuffed into the tiny dining space in the back, we agreed that we got the better end of the bargain. (Though nicely finished, the entire restaurant is extremely narrow.) We were rather comfy where we were. TIP: Go early with one other person and sit at the bar. If you must bring an entourage, you'll wait until all are present to be seated and you may lose valuable real estate for tardiness.

The server behind the bar recommended a very tasty $40 bottle of red wine, which we really liked. One friend had the clam chowder & fried clams (bellies, not strips, which are apparently hard to come by), and he was pleased with his meal. The rest of us had the lobster roll (which had plenty of lobster meat, contrary to other reviews) which we thoroughly enjoyed along with the mountain of tasty fries. All three of us were stuffed and couldn?t imagine ordering dessert, though the blueberry creme brulee sounded yummy.

Given the tiny space, I?d rather enjoy my lobster roll at a table in the back room of Mermaid Inn (before the crowds arrive, naturally).

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★★★★☆

My two friends and I were a bit worried after reading other reviews, but we soldiered on anyway. To avoid late-evening madness, we arrived at 6:30 on a Wednesday. It was disconcerting to hear that since our party was under four, we HAD to sit at the bar. ("It's called Ed's Lobster BAR!" the maitre d' explained.) We were concerned that chatting and dining three in a row would be awkward, but after craning our necks to inspect the larger parties stuffed into the tiny dining space in the back, we agreed that we got the better end of the bargain. (Though nicely finished, the entire restaurant is extremely narrow.) We were rather comfy where we were. TIP: Go early with one other person and sit at the bar. If you must bring an entourage, you'll wait until all are present to be seated and you may lose valuable real estate for tardiness.

The server behind the bar recommended a very tasty $40 bottle of red wine, which we really liked. One friend had the clam chowder & fried clams (bellies, not strips, which are apparently hard to come by), and he was pleased with his meal. The rest of us had the lobster roll (which had plenty of lobster meat, contrary to other reviews) which we thoroughly enjoyed along with the mountain of tasty fries. All three of us were stuffed and couldn?t imagine ordering dessert, though the blueberry creme brulee sounded yummy.

Given the tiny space, I?d rather enjoy my lobster roll at a table in the back room of Mermaid Inn (before the crowds arrive, naturally).

Pros: Decent Food

Cons: Cramped Space

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I went to Eds with an open mind and left with an upset stomach and a much lighter wallet. I was ambivalent but my friend wanted to try it. we sat at the bar, which was nice-if a bit squished. i ordered the muscadet, at six dollars a glass it was a decent bargain. then we looked over the menu. the prices were pretty outrageous for most things but i ordered the lobster chef salad which was listed as an entree. i should have known this was not good when i asked for salad dressing and was told they didn't have that at Eds. Whatever. My salad showed up and it was approximately 1.5 ounces of lobster, three slices of tomato, six lettuce leaves and possibly 1/16th of an avocado. it was 18 dollars. i actually asked the waitress if i could order something else or at least have six more lettluce leaves. she said she would talk to the manager. she returned 10 minutes later (my friend had finished her teeny, tiny fish entree) and said "no, it already came out of the kitchen but if i was that hungry i could order something else". i could have figured that out. i lost my appetite and took it home with me. the waitress expressed some shock that i would take it home given there was so little left (and i hadn't eaten it!). when i did try to eat it the lobster was so rubbery that i pureed it into lobster spread. YUCK. Needless to say, Eds is a raw deal!

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★☆☆☆☆

I went to Eds with an open mind and left with an upset stomach and a much lighter wallet. I was ambivalent but my friend wanted to try it. we sat at the bar, which was nice-if a bit squished. i ordered the muscadet, at six dollars a glass it was a decent bargain. then we looked over the menu. the prices were pretty outrageous for most things but i ordered the lobster chef salad which was listed as an entree. i should have known this was not good when i asked for salad dressing and was told they didn't have that at Eds. Whatever. My salad showed up and it was approximately 1.5 ounces of lobster, three slices of tomato, six lettuce leaves and possibly 1/16th of an avocado. it was 18 dollars. i actually asked the waitress if i could order something else or at least have six more lettluce leaves. she said she would talk to the manager. she returned 10 minutes later (my friend had finished her teeny, tiny fish entree) and said "no, it already came out of the kitchen but if i was that hungry i could order something else". i could have figured that out. i lost my appetite and took it home with me. the waitress expressed some shock that i would take it home given there was so little left (and i hadn't eaten it!). when i did try to eat it the lobster was so rubbery that i pureed it into lobster spread. YUCK. Needless to say, Eds is a raw deal!

Pros: Six dollar wine by the glass

Cons: All of the above

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Chower is watery, Lobster PotPie is far from what you would expect a PotPie to be (basically a soup with a fitted cracker on top). Besides that, and the lack of eating space, everything was just fine once we left.

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★☆☆☆☆

Chower is watery, Lobster PotPie is far from what you would expect a PotPie to be (basically a soup with a fitted cracker on top). Besides that, and the lack of eating space, everything was just fine once we left.

Pros: neighborhood

Cons: table space, food

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I went in last night to try their signature dish, the lobster roll, it was heavy on the mayo with not much lobster meat, a bit dissapointing. I'm not a foodie type, but I do eat at enough different places to know that the food there was average at best (at least the lobster roll was).

1
★★☆☆☆

I went in last night to try their signature dish, the lobster roll, it was heavy on the mayo with not much lobster meat, a bit dissapointing. I'm not a foodie type, but I do eat at enough different places to know that the food there was average at best (at least the lobster roll was).

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What are the last three writers talking about. Ed's roll is all lobster meat and light on the mayo. I live in the neihborhood, enjoy eating in quaint and charming atmoshpheres like Ed's, and have not been dissapointed thus far. My husband and I are offended by the racial comments previously posted. If sitting next to New Yorker's is unattractive or uncomortable, there is always Kansas. PS- I love caucasian, black and yellow people all the same.

2
★★★★★

What are the last three writers talking about. Ed's roll is all lobster meat and light on the mayo. I live in the neihborhood, enjoy eating in quaint and charming atmoshpheres like Ed's, and have not been dissapointed thus far. My husband and I are offended by the racial comments previously posted. If sitting next to New Yorker's is unattractive or uncomortable, there is always Kansas. PS- I love caucasian, black and yellow people all the same.

Pros: Solid neighborhood restaurant, unpretentious and accesible.

Cons: All the buzz leads to some long waits

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I thought the Lobster roll had a ton of lobster and very little mayo. The atmosphere was excellent and the decor was inviting. The wine list was diverse and the staff was super friendly and helpful.

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★★★☆☆

I thought the Lobster roll had a ton of lobster and very little mayo. The atmosphere was excellent and the decor was inviting. The wine list was diverse and the staff was super friendly and helpful.

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I total agree with the last review, where's the lobster Ed? The lobster roll I had was basically mayo and a hotdog bun, at least the fries were good, but I didn't come in for fries. The chower was not up to par, being from New England myself I have to give it a thumbs down when there's only one clam within the whole soup. The fact that we were all bunched up next to strangers didn't help the whole experience either, it felt like I was eating in chinatown sharing a table with strangers, but at least in chinatown the food is good and pricing is just a fraction of what we paid here at Ed's NO lobster bar.

0
★☆☆☆☆

I total agree with the last review, where's the lobster Ed? The lobster roll I had was basically mayo and a hotdog bun, at least the fries were good, but I didn't come in for fries. The chower was not up to par, being from New England myself I have to give it a thumbs down when there's only one clam within the whole soup. The fact that we were all bunched up next to strangers didn't help the whole experience either, it felt like I was eating in chinatown sharing a table with strangers, but at least in chinatown the food is good and pricing is just a fraction of what we paid here at Ed's NO lobster bar.

Pros: None

Cons: no lobster, sitting next to strangers

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I went with several friends. We got there right when it opened were seated immediately. The waitstaff was great. We got the raw sampler, and fried oysters..which were wonderful. I could have just eaten them. All of ordered lobster rolls - who know a hotdog bun could hold such wonderfulness. For dessert we had the blueberry creme brulee - it was amazing. All in all a great dinning experience. I will totally go back.

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★★★★★

I went with several friends. We got there right when it opened were seated immediately. The waitstaff was great. We got the raw sampler, and fried oysters..which were wonderful. I could have just eaten them. All of ordered lobster rolls - who know a hotdog bun could hold such wonderfulness. For dessert we had the blueberry creme brulee - it was amazing. All in all a great dinning experience. I will totally go back.

Pros: Food, wine list, wait staff

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In this city, in the Lobster Roll department, we now have at least a half dozen pretenders to the throne. Here's my take: Ed's--bad news, no lobster, too much mayo. Mary's--not enough lobster, too much mayo, and they use frozen lobster. Pearl Oyster Bar--swims in mayo, not much meat (and it's frozen meat, to boot), too expensive, and strange filler material. Black Pearl--a LOT of meat, just a hint of mayo, and no filler. Mermaid--small, frozen meat, good amount of mayo. I would have hoped that a new place would have done it right. the only one I would recommend is BLACK PEARL.

as for oysters, we ordered two dozen. they were room temperature, which kind of grosse out everyone. the service was terrible, but that's probably because they just opened. the desserts were odd--the ice cream on a hot dog roll was pretty gross. i don't much care for butter with my ice cream (arrgkkk!)

0
★☆☆☆☆

In this city, in the Lobster Roll department, we now have at least a half dozen pretenders to the throne. Here's my take: Ed's--bad news, no lobster, too much mayo. Mary's--not enough lobster, too much mayo, and they use frozen lobster. Pearl Oyster Bar--swims in mayo, not much meat (and it's frozen meat, to boot), too expensive, and strange filler material. Black Pearl--a LOT of meat, just a hint of mayo, and no filler. Mermaid--small, frozen meat, good amount of mayo. I would have hoped that a new place would have done it right. the only one I would recommend is BLACK PEARL.

as for oysters, we ordered two dozen. they were room temperature, which kind of grosse out everyone. the service was terrible, but that's probably because they just opened. the desserts were odd--the ice cream on a hot dog roll was pretty gross. i don't much care for butter with my ice cream (arrgkkk!)

Pros: can't think of any

Cons: loud, obnoxious, bad service, food is not worth the money OR the time.

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My fiancee and I went after work tonight very excited. We couldn't wait for something similiar to Mary's and Pearl closer to home. The atmosphere is great, although quite crowded and noisy. It doesn't help when the owner is sitting next to you and is yelling across your table to his friends on the other side of you. Beware of any seafood restaurant in NYC serving $2 oysters. They have to be $3-$4 each if they are of decent quality. I ate some and am now sick. They looked a little odd too. The caesar salad had a watery dressing, the fish was a little fishy, the chowder was very good. The lobster roll was acceptable, but a little too much bun and too little lobster. It was also very rich (too much mayo). The fries were really good.

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★★☆☆☆

My fiancee and I went after work tonight very excited. We couldn't wait for something similiar to Mary's and Pearl closer to home. The atmosphere is great, although quite crowded and noisy. It doesn't help when the owner is sitting next to you and is yelling across your table to his friends on the other side of you. Beware of any seafood restaurant in NYC serving $2 oysters. They have to be $3-$4 each if they are of decent quality. I ate some and am now sick. They looked a little odd too. The caesar salad had a watery dressing, the fish was a little fishy, the chowder was very good. The lobster roll was acceptable, but a little too much bun and too little lobster. It was also very rich (too much mayo). The fries were really good.

Pros: Ambience and Service

Cons: Food

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I went on a weekend night with my friends. We each ordered a different dish - lobster roll, scallops, sea bass, and lobster salad. We shared a plate of oysters and they were so good and fresh. One of my friends never had oysters before, but we got her to try one and she loved it (and had more). The prices of the food and wine are reasonable. The staff was attentive and friendly. I will be back and look forward to their lunch opening. Oh, I almost forgot the pickles - I usually don't eat the pickles on my plate, but I seriously could not get enough of them.

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★★★★★

I went on a weekend night with my friends. We each ordered a different dish - lobster roll, scallops, sea bass, and lobster salad. We shared a plate of oysters and they were so good and fresh. One of my friends never had oysters before, but we got her to try one and she loved it (and had more). The prices of the food and wine are reasonable. The staff was attentive and friendly. I will be back and look forward to their lunch opening. Oh, I almost forgot the pickles - I usually don't eat the pickles on my plate, but I seriously could not get enough of them.

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