Food trucks have been gaining momentum for years now around New York City. Nowadays you can find anything via food trucks from crepes to falafels even donuts, so it’s only natural that Red Hook Lobster would bring the lobster roll to…. well everywhere.
Red Hook Lobster Pound has a number of locations throughout New York, they have a total of 3 trucks peddling portable lobsters – 2 in Washington DC and 1 here in NY. Founded by Brooklyn-ites Ralph Gorhman and Susan Povich, it’s been around for five and a half years. I caught Red Hook’s truck on Hudson street between Houston and King a little while ago and was immediately drawn to it as it was so different and not anything I expected to see. I walked up to get a closer look at the prep area and everything looked fairly clean (I am a bit of a germophobe) and well kept so I felt comfortable ordering. The menu was hand written on a red dry erase board off to the left of the ordering window, it offered a full compliment of lobster rolls along with lobster mac n cheese and the “Cobbster” salad.
I was down for a lobster roll and looking at the menu the two that really caught my eye were the Maine style (1/4 lb. lobster tossed in home made lemon mayo) and the Connecticut (1/4 lb lobster warmed in butter and lemon). Unable to decide I asked the guy manning the register and he recommended the Connecticut. Five minutes later he handed me a bag and off I went to the privacy of my cubicle upstairs to chow down.
I unwrapped the roll quick as I could and ducked my head so no one could see me, like a fat kid who stole a cookie from the jar and was desperately trying to eat it without getting caught. Poked around a little bit and was pleasantly surprised by both the quantity and quality of the lobster itself. It wasn’t drenched in the butter/lemon mix but it was enough to almost totally destroy the hot dog bun that it was perched on. On the first bite I was disappointed that the roll almost fell apart while I tried to shove it in my face. The lobster didn’t pop as much as I wanted but the combo of the butter and lemon along with the scallion was a very nice compliment to the flavor of the lobster. The lobster chunks were big and juicy. I ate the roll entirely too quickly and felt that I should have opted for a second one, but at $16 a pop I passed.
All told it was a pretty good lobster roll. Tasty and fresh, the lobster cooked in butter and lemon with scallions was good. The downside for me was that it fell apart on the hot dog roll, a heartier roll would likely get in the way of the lobster experience itself so I’m not sure how Red Hook can solve this. For those curious, it’s worth a taste for sure, but if you’re squeamish on pricing, you may want to look elsewhere.
Have you eaten from the Red Hook Lobster Truck? If so let me know what you thought!
Quick Bite – Red Hook Lobster Pound Truck Review reviewed by Well Fed on December 1, 2014 rated 3.5 of 5