February 15, 2011
(Since I feel like talking about NYC lobster rolls some more…)
Pearl Oyster Bar is supposed to be another heavy-weight in the NYC lobster roll arena but honestly, compared to Red Hook Lobster Pound and Luke’s Lobster, I don’t think it can handle the competition.
(Yes, I know this picture is horrific and poorly taken.)
First off, its lobster rolls are priced at “market price”, which ends up being a good $5-10 more than Red Hook’s and Luke’s. However, the size of its rolls (in comparison) does not increase in proportion with the increase in price. (I’m sorry, I’m cheap and I like to get the best bang for my buck.) Secondly, it smothers the lobster with mayo which is a big no-no for my personal palate. If I’m having lobster, I’d like to be able to taste it in its all-natural glory. Therefore, when we’re talking about lobster rolls, Pearl Oyster Bar is out of the competition.
My qualms with its lobster rolls aside though, Pearl Oyster Bar has some good food.
The clam chowder, for example, is hearty, with a hint of bacon. It is slightly thinner than your typical chowder but it’s still tasty.
Even better than the clam chowder? A bucket of steamers. Peel the the thick skin off the neck of the clam, give it a couple swishes in clam water to wash off the sand and grit and then dunk the whole thing in melted butter.
There is nothing better than fresh seafood prepared simply – just stick with the raw and steamed and you should be fine.
Pearl Oyster Bar
18 Cornelia St
New York, NY 10014