I had the pleasure of dining at a lovely new restaurant in the Flatiron District, called Burger & Lobster. The concept is so simple that they don’t even need a menu. There are three choices: Burger, whole lobster or lobster roll. Each meal comes with both fries and salad.
I chose the lobster because I haven’t had that in awhile and I figured that was probably the best deal. I decided to go with the grilled lobster option and was not disappointed.
The lobster was a decent size and it came with lemon-garlic butter. Plus, it was pre-cracked so it made it a lot easier to enjoy. The lobster meat had a nice flavor to it and that lemon butter is life. The salad was mediocre to me but the fries were warm, crispy and delicious!
My friend ordered one of the desserts: Chocolate mousse and was kind enough to let me try some of it. Truly delectable flavor of sweet, rich, delightful chocolate with darker chocolate at the bottom.
Even though I did not get to try the burger or lobster roll, I heard that the burger was quite good (and worth the $20), and the same for the lobster roll. I would definitely come back to try the burger!
Tip: Try it soon, before it becomes completely crowded and difficult to get a table (they don’t take advance reservations).
Burger & Lobster
39 W. 19 St
New York, NY
I recently had the chance to dine with a friend at L & W Oyster Co for the lobster special, which is meant to be shared and is reasonably priced at $29.50 each.
The lobster meal included 2 lb lobster and 3 types of dip, grilled corn and potato salad, as well as a shot of sour-sweet pomegranate lime juice. I thoroughly enjoyed the corn- sweet, fresh, grilled to perfection, as well as the potato salad- seasoned beautifully and very tasty. The lobster had a lot of green gunk in the body, which I wasn’t used to and which meant we only had the front and tail portion for lobster meat, which diminished the amount of meat total. At least the lobster was already cut in half so fairly easy to eat. The lobster meat was warm, tender, delicious, especially with the onion & bacon dip and the hot butter. I tried to savor the taste of lobster as much as I could.
When I saw sticky toffee pudding, a British dessert, I knew I had to try it. It’s not often that one finds this particular dessert in NYC and even more rare is to find a place to does it well. Sticky toffee pudding is a steamed dessert, consisting of moist sponge cake and this version came with creme-fraiche flavored ice cream. It was divine. The cake was incredibly soft and soaked up the sticky caramel sauce, which actually was too sweet for me, but the ice cream lightened the taste and added another layer of deliciousness.
All in all, a wonderful meal with great service!
Location: 254 5th Ave
Brasserie is a gorgeously set up French restaurant, in an oval shape with modern decor and a an elegant, classy feel. I was seated promptly and a baguette was placed on the table with Echire, butter from France. The bread was quite hard and didn’t have much flavor.
For the appetizer, I had the brandade de homard, which is a lobster mash and salt cod mixed into a purée with olive oil and milk. The dish came with half of the empty lobster shell as decoration. It was delicious- Just the right amount of saltiness and strong flavor of lobster. The dish also came with roasted garlic baguette, which was a tasty touch.
As for the entree, I chose Cassoulet Toulousain, which is a classic French dish of rich, slow-cooked casserole. This came in a soup of navy beans, with duck confit, braised pork belly and garlic sausage on top. Normally I don’t really enjoy beans, but the beans in the cassoulet were decent- There was a sweet orange colored sauce with the beans so that helped. The duck confit was tender and wonderful. The pork belly was crispy and reminiscent of bacon. And the garlic sausage was cooked to perfection!
The dessert was Financier aux Figues, which consisted of almond cake, black mission figs and honeyed yogurt “faisselle.” I truly enjoyed the almond cake- It had a chewy consistency and a delicate, sweet taste. Both the figs and yogurt were slightly bland, but worked well with the richly sweet almond cake.
I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and deliciousness of dining at Brasserie.
Location: 100 E 53 St