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The Best Lobster Rolls in NYC & The Hamptons

Does the summer season have you craving a delicious lobster roll, but you aren't sure where to look? With each bite, the quintessentially New England summer staple has become a means to escape from the hot and steamy city to the calm and serene water's edge of Maine. The delectable sandwich is now quite popular outside of New England, with many places in the city and The Hamptons vying for the "Best Lobster Roll" title. 

The Victoria Shtainer Team has curated a list of spots both in New York and The Hamptons that often top the lists of best lobsters. In no particular order, we present you some of our favorites. 

We would love to hear- what is your favorite spot to grab a lobster roll? Share with us in the comments below!

Lobster Roll in New York City

Luke's Lobster:

Luke Holden, Maine native and former investment banker, started his business in 2009 with the first outpost of Luke's Lobster in the East Village. They now have a presence in 8 states. Mr. Holden controls every aspect of the supply chain, resulting in fresh seafood that is sustainably sourced.

The roll is made with knuckle and claw meat only, taking 3.2 lobsters per roll.  Meat is mixed with a little mayo, proprietary seasoning with hints of celery and oregano, and lemon butter on a classic, New England-style roll.  


Pearl Oyster Bar opened in 1997 with Rebecca Charles making the first Manhattan lobster roll here, rendering her eatery one of the first places to really be inspired by New England summers and fresh seafood in the city. 

The roll is simple, consisting of lobster salad with mayonnaise, lemon juice, and chive atop a grilled bun with butter..

grand banks:

photo: our own

photo: our own

On Pier 25, situated on the historic schooner, Sherman Zwicker, Grand Banks offers a setting that feels as if you are transported away from the city. The floating vessel is the perfect spot to enjoy the summer indulgence of lobster roll. 

Executive chef Kerry Heffernan crafts his version of the sandwich with Maine lobster with fennel, lemon, dulse emulsion, and boat-made pickles on a toasted bun. The side of
"New Bay" spiced chips is worth noting as well. 

This is one our team's favorite spots!

The Mermaid inn:

The Mermaid Inn is also a long standing veteran in offering up great seafood. Many flock here for oysters, but Mermaid Inn serves up a great lobster roll as well. 

Another simple rendition, their version consists of a New England-style bun with lots of lobster and mayo. (We have heard rumors that they were serving it on a brioche bun at one point). The side of Old Bay fries is also a crowd pleaser. 

Lobster Roll in The Hamptons:

Dock House:

Located in Sag Harbor's Long Wharf, Dock House is reminiscent of an old fisherman's shack, but do not let the exterior fool you. The restaurant offers up award-winning dishes and chowders as well as a great lobster roll. 

Their approach to the roll is one of simplicity, served on a toasted bun with the fresh lobster meat standing out. With the picturesque setting on Sag Harbor, what's not to love about lobster roll and views of beautiful yachts?

Seafood Shop:

Started by two local schoolteachers as a summer project, the shop is a great go-to for grab-n-go rolls to take to the beach with its Wainscott location.

The roll is served up on a hot dog bun with celery, red onion, and hints of garlic. 

While you are picking up your lobster rolls, you can grab other meats and produce for an evening grill out, all in one place. 


Would the list be complete without the restaurant that is named after the dish itself? Started 49 years ago, the highly instagrammed outpost will ask if you want your salad served hot or cold. Lunch is often credited with creating the cold lobster salad as we know it today.

The cold roll is a mayonnaise-based salad with celery on a toasted, buttered bun. The hot roll, on the other hand, consists of steamed, whole pieces of lobster served on the side of a toasted bun. Both variations come with a side of fries.

The relaxed and casual atmosphere make for an easy seaside afternoon.

Clam Bar:


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Clam Bar is located on the Napeague stretch of the highway, on the way to Montauk. They receive their seafood fresh each morning, delivered from local fishermen.

The Clam Bar takes a "sometimes simple is better" approach to their roll. It is crafted from three ingredients: claw & knuckle meat, celery, and Hellmann's mayo on a toasted bun. 


What better way to spend the summer than with some sun and a good lobster roll. Imagine lounging by the pool at our listing at 1155 Noypac Path with your lobster roll in hand! Please contact us if you are interested in viewing the property.

1155 Noyac Path, Water Mill. Currently offered at $4,995,000.

1155 Noyac Path, Water Mill. Currently offered at $4,995,000.