Downtown Lunch: Urban Lobster Shack
Midtown workers shouldn’t have all the fun, so to even the score, I’ve brought on Daniel Krieger as an official Downtown Lunch Correspondent to write up some of the tasty stuff you can get in the lower half of Manhattan. This week, I gave Daniel permission to eat a $15 lunch because… well… I love lobster rolls. And aside from the one at the Red Hook in Fairway, it is pretty impossible to find a lobster roll for under $10. And, factoring in that for your $15 you also get a soup, cole slaw, chips, and water… well, it makes this one a no brainer.
Yesterday I went to check out the new pizza truck downtown, eager with anticipation to try the grandma slice, but was shocked and dismayed to find the truck missing from its reported location in front of 2 Broadway. I even stopped two hungry looking brokers and asked them if they knew of this cart? “We actually just came out looking for it but it’s not where it was the past few days” they said. “Damn,” I said.
Dejected and still hungry, I sulked around the area, hoping to turn a corner and see an orange-oil-stained-sidewalk in front of this alleged pizza truck. Instead I saw the next best thing, a grown man standing in a red lobster suit hawking lobster rolls.
What I found was Urban Lobster Shack, selling a $15 combo which includes 1 lobster roll, a nice sized container of soup, chips, crackers, a water, and a tiny thimble of coleslaw. I went with the shrimp and lobster bisque which was lovely (after adding salt and pepper). The lobster roll was an adequate specimen but similar to the soup, was under-seasoned. Some salt helped transform it from mediocre to tasty.
The owner must purposely season everything daintily, which is why he includes packets of s&p but why?! Just season it, this ain’t hospital food!!! (I’m not even sure what that means). And toast the bun dammit! If that bun was toasted it was done with a bic lighter 10 feet away.
For an occasional splurge when you’re having a craving I recommend grabbing one to go (unless you want to eat while sitting on his lap as the operation is literally a hole on the wall. Further reading from the FeistyFoodie
Urban Lobster Shack, 15 Stone St. (btw Broad & Broadway), 212-809-2630
Photos and post by Daniel Krieger