Red Hook Lobster Pound

Here at fair harbor, we love discovering restaurants that capture the essence of our mantra. Place’s that can bring the beach to you even when you're stuck in the big city. Red Hook Lobster Pound is one of those special places, so if you’re looking for a lobster roll in the NY or DC area, then look no further. Red Hook Lobster Pound brings sensational lobster rolls right from the Maine coast to their various locations in New York City, Washington D.C., and Montauk. Weather you visit them in Brooklyn (284 Van Brunt St.), Manhattan (230 Park Ave.), Montauk, (34 South Etna Ave.), or catch one of their famous food trucks in D.C. or New York, you’re guaranteed to leave satisfied. We recently spoke to the good people over at Red Hook Lobster to get a better idea of what they’re all about:

 How would you describe Red Hook Lobster Pound to a newcomer?

Red Hook Lobster Pound-DC was established to bring the quintessential taste of Summer in Maine to the streets of DC, Maryland and Northern Virginia via our tricked-out food trucks and sidewalk carts. Because our family is from Maine, we focus on authentic Maine lobster rolls consisting of the very best lobster claw and knuckle meat that we can buy, prepared simply - lightly dressed in a lemon-based mayo, shredded lettuce, diced celery, sea salt, white pepper and lemon juice, topped with melted butter, sliced scallions and a dusting of sweet paprika all inside an authentic, perfectly buttered and grilled New England-style hot dog bun. The test is whether when we close our eyes, the taste brings us back to our summers in Maine -- and it always does.

 Why is sustainability important to you guys? 

The lobster we source from Maine is from one of the most sustainable fisheries in the world.  The State of Maine has been regulating lobster catches for decades in recognition of its importance to the Maine economy.  We pride ourselves on being good stewards of our environment.  Sustainability and eco-friendliness are important to our customers as well.

 What are some steps that you take in order to stay sustainable and eco-friendly?

In addition to sourcing our lobster from a sustainable fishery, all of our products are served in recycled and eco-friendly packaging.

 What is your advice to me if I want to get the most out of my experience at Red Hook Lobster Pound?  

Come with an open mind so that you can enjoy the social experience that defines eating at a food truck and get past the idea that a delicious lobster roll can't come from a mobile kitchen parked curbside in the middle of a city.  Then order your roll one of 3 ways: traditional Maine (cold lobster with light mayo), Connecticut (warm lobster with melted butter) or Lobster BLT (cold lobster dressed in a chipotle-based mayo with applewood smoked bacon and heirloom tomatoes).

 What are your favorite dishes/drinks?

Although I tend to gravitate toward the traditional Maine roll, I truly love our lobster BLT.  We serve our New England clam chowder year-round because it's so popular. We also serve fresh-squeezed lemonade and brewed iced tea.  Mix them together and you get my favorite drink - an Arnold Palmer.  We also do a delicious hot apple cider in the winter time.

 Is there anything else that you think I need to know?  

We're working hard to open an awesome brick and mortar restaurant in DC to complement our 5 stores in New York.  Stay tuned!


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Written by: David Rabinowitz

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