Review: Burger & Lobster in London — Coming Soon to NYC!

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On a recent trip to the UK, I made it a top priority to stop by Burger & Lobster in London. The restaurant, which has six locations in the city (we went to the Soho unit), serves just two things: burgers and lobsters. 

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The lobster comes as a lobster roll or steamed whole — both for $20 — with a lovely mixed greens salad and perfectly cooked french fries on the side. I, of course, went for the lobster roll, which comprises fresh lobster flown in from Canada, tossed with just a touch of Japanese mayo and sprinkled with chives. It’s served in a buttered grilled split-top bun (not brioche as stated above) and a completely unnecessary lemon wedge. 

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The roll was so tasty, I almost forgot I was in England and not New England for a minute. The fries and salad were delicious as well. The couple next to us ordered one burger and one lobster roll to split and share, making me jealous that I hadn’t thought of it (though my husband doesn’t eat meat, so it wouldn’t have worked anyway).

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In addition to the 1.5-pound lobsters, Burger & Lobster also offers jumbo lobsters ranging from 2 pounds 11 ounces to 10 pounds 4 ounces (?!?!), priced between $47 and $179 each, that are meant to be shared and feature unlimited fries and salad.

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Beverages include beer, wine and mixed drinks, which are listed under the sections “Burger Cocktails” and “Lobster Cocktails.” I opted for a selection from the latter category: the BL Gin Fizz, made with Beefeater gin, orange, cream, egg white, rhubarb and soda. It tasted like a refreshing alcoholic orange creamsicle. 

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Fortunately, you won’t have to fly across the Atlantic to enjoy these delights for much longer: Burger & Lobster is opening a location in New York City at 39 W. 19th St. this fall! 

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Photos and text by Amber Drea © 2014


Review: North River Lobster Company in New York City

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On a recent Sunday afternoon, I made my way to Pier 81 at 41st Street to check out the new floating restaurant North River Lobster Company.

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I got there in time to catch the 6:30 sail. All the seats on the outdoor deck were taken, so I found a table inside the extremely air-conditioned second level, where an array of chilled seafood was on display. 

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While the whole lobster looked appetizing, I ordered the classic Lobster Roll ($16), which comes with Miss Vickie’s Kettle Cooked Potato Chips and tangy coleslaw. 

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Served in a buttered toasted hot dog bun, the roll overflowed with hearty chunks of fresh lobster claw, knuckle and tail meat, tossed in a light coating of mayo and topped with chopped chives. I could barely hold onto this monstrosity!

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I washed it all down with the Batten Down the Hatches, which mixes Captain Morgan and Malibu rums, orange and pineapple juices, and grenadine, with a floater of Margaritaville Dark rum, served in a mason jar. 

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Once I finished my meal, I headed up to the deck to enjoy the lovely (albeit cloudy) view of the New Jersey and Manhattan shorelines. For less than $30, you can enjoy a delicious lobster roll, a boozy cocktail and a 30-minute cruise on the Hudson River — not a bad way to spend a Sunday evening!

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Photos and text by Amber Drea © 2014




According to Thrillist, Giuseppe Tentori says lobster is the most overrated seafood, noting that it has “little flavor.” I even gave GT Fish & Oyster's lobster roll at the 2011 Lobster Roll Rumble a good review. For shame!

According to Thrillist, Giuseppe Tentori says lobster is the most overrated seafood, noting that it has “little flavor.” I even gave GT Fish & Oyster's lobster roll at the 2011 Lobster Roll Rumble a good review. For shame!