Red Hook Lobster Pound Truck Now Serving Lobster Mac & Cheese and Shrimp Chowder
Where has the fall gone? While Madison Square Eats may be over until spring, two new menu items that debuted at Madison Square Eats: shrimp chowder and lobster mac & cheese are now on the Red Hook Lobster Pound Truck!
Like RHLP’s shrimp roll, the shrimp chowder ($6) is made with real Maine shrimp, which are smaller, sweeter and more tender than the imported shrimp that usually makes its way into restaurant fare. The soup is buttery with a hint of lemon and little chunks of potatoes and pieces of corn. If you’re a soup fan and like their shrimp roll this is worth a try, but alas it’s not filling enough for lunch without some augmentation.
On a separate visit I tried the lobster mac & cheese ($9) which was rich, creamy and made more a much more filling lunch. The cup you get is about an 8 oz serving and there were a number of meaty lobster pieces throughout the dish. Instead of elbows it’s made with a larger elbow-like pasta, I want to say maybe a Pipe Rigate (sort of snail shaped pasta with lines). Whatever the pasta shape was it does a good job soaking up the mixed cheese sauce.
Right before serving they blow torch the top to melt the cheese.
While lobster mac & cheese has been cropping up on the menu at upscale restaurants around the city, I’ve never seen it offered for less than $10. Full on win. They also have a New England clam chowder that I haven’t had a chance to try yet. Early adopters let us know your thoughts in the comments.