Place: Lobster Joint
Location: 201 E. Houston St. (between Ludlow St. & Orchard St.)
The scoop: The Lobster Joint is a pretty cool spot with three locations – Lower East Side, Greenpoint and Rockaway Beach.
The location on the Lower East Side was clean, inviting and simple, from the white walls to the bright lights. After we found ourselves seats, we had to go up to the bar area to place our order (or you can do this in the reverse order, but I prefer to grab a good seat first). Please note that if you are brunching with two people, you may have to share a larger table with other patrons. After we placed our order, we received a number and the wait staff served us. If you want coffee, you need to go to a separate stand in the front.
The wait staff was great with serving, and they all seemed to be in a genuinely good mood. We had multiple waiters, and we did not have to wait long for our drinks, food or anything for that matter.
The brunch prix-fixe is an amazing deal for quality food. It includes a brunch entrée, coffee and choice of mimosa or lobster claw bloody Mary. Do yourself a favor and order the lobster claw bloody Mary. This glass pretty much had everything you could possibly want in a bloody Mary. Olives, pickles, celery, lime, lemon AND a lobster claw? Yummy! Not only was it great to look at, the drink was tasty with a good kick.
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The benedict was served on bread, which had a slightly sweet taste, and it was a good combination with the salty bloody Mary. Two perfectly poached eggs were served on each bun with an ample amount of lobster bits. This dish came with your choice of homemade chips, fries or salad. Matt opted for the fries and they were deliciously fresh.
Just like Matt, being at the Lobster Joint, I felt like I had to go with a lobster entrée. Since he ordered the Benedict, I chose the rancheros and believe me, I wasn’t disappointed. There were tons of lobster pieces on top served with a crunchy tortilla on the bottom. Pico de gallo and guacamole were placed in separate corners of the dish, which was great once it was all mixed together. The dish was filling and tasty. I would order it again.
The final bite: For $19, not only do you get a complete brunch meal, you get an abundance of quality food. I was so pleased with the experience that I will definitely be back for more.
Reviewed by: Victoria