The Lobster Place: Best Fish Monger in NYC

IMG_2173The 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.IMG_2142IMG_2141IMG_2140Lots and lots and lots of sushi…IMG_2143IMG_2144You 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.IMG_2150Totally going back for the Fish and Chips.  With a side of Crab Cakes and maybe an Oyster Po Boy to go 😉IMG_2153I was stoic and just had a large Manhattan Clam Chowder.IMG_2161It hit the spot perfectly.  They also have every kind of smoked and cured fish imaginable.IMG_2155And CaviarIMG_2165And tons of frozen products.IMG_2157Oh and I nearly forgot they have a super-duper selection of fresh fish too! IMG_2145Even 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.IMG_2167  

About urbanfoodguy

I'm a self taught cook with a dedication to buying and eating food that is as humanely and sustainably raised as possible. Which is why in addition to recipes you will see a lot of environmental/political reporting here. I started cooking when I was about 6, it's something I always loved to do. Watching Graham Kerr - aka "The Galloping Gourmet" - was what got me started and I have never really looked back. Over the years I've been a private chef, a caterer, and a food stylist for magazines such as Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Real Simple, Oprah, Martha Stewart's Everyday Food and many more. I've also worked in the prep kitchen for the Food Network on the Bobby Flay and Paula Deen shows. Now I work at home in my kitchen sharing with you here recipes that I create or that other people have created that inspire me and I think you will like. I love my neighborhood (the Lower East Side of Manhattan) and I love to travel. Because NYC is such a big place I tend to focus mostly on my 'hood and the ones that are close by: The East Village, Bowery, Chinatown and Williamsburg. My love of travel has no limits really, I'm always ready to get on a plane. I was lucky enough to have a business for many years that allowed me to spend a lot of time in South East Asia. These days I've been spending time in Mexico, Germany, Canada and the West Coast of the U.S., but check back you never know where I might end up. I do consulting, cooking classes, and freelance lifestyle writing so if you are interested please send me a note:
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