The Chelsea Market is on the other side of town from where I live (the lower east side). For the longest time there were only three reasons I would go there: to show friends who were in town visiting, to go to Buon Italia , which is my favorite Italian food store this side of the Bronx and to go to work when I used to freelance at the Food Network.
The Lobster Place was for some reason never on my radar. I think in part because I live in a kosher household and can’t cook lobster, so I never really paid attention. Then last year I was looking for some Finnan Haddie (smoked Haddock) for a potato salad I wanted to make and ended up here, as they were one of the few places in town that had it. It was revelatory to me the vastness of their selection.
Last week I spent a chilly afternoon wandering the art galleries of Chelsea. I needed shelter, some hot food and the Chelsea Market appeared so I wandered. The Lobster Place has gone through a massive renovation since I was last there. It now has an extensive selection of prepared food to eat in or take away. Although they have a large fan base of people who come here to belly up to the bar with a perfectly cooked lobster there is no so much more to choose from!
For exampe if you are not hankering lobster you could have sushi.Lots and lots and lots of sushi…You can sit at the sushi bar as well. The seating through out is pretty extensive with several areas of the store to sit down in, eat for a spell and take in the wonderful fish market vibe.
I was very happy to see an extensive selection of soups and cooked food.Totally going back for the Fish and Chips. With a side of Crab Cakes and maybe an Oyster Po Boy to go 😉I was stoic and just had a large Manhattan Clam Chowder.It hit the spot perfectly. They also have every kind of smoked and cured fish imaginable.And CaviarAnd tons of frozen products.Oh and I nearly forgot they have a super-duper selection of fresh fish too! Even if you are not looking to buy fresh fish you should think about including The Lobster Place as an awesome lunch option. My suggestion would be to make it a late lunch (after 2) and to go on a weekday as weekends can be pretty packed.