Dear Food Diary:
A big giant red lobster handed me the menu for an Urban Lobster Shack while passing through 3rd Ave the other day. What a great idea, Crystal Pavilion already has Pampano Taqueria but as any food loving blogger, I was ready to welcome this new addition with open arms. So much so, that I started following them on Twitter.
I grabbed my Lobster Roll virgin co-worker Nancy and headed over for the $10 special, 1 lobster roll, cole slaw, caesar salad. We also shared a Spicy Crab and Sweet Corn Chowder for $6. Sitting by the modern waterfall (which makes me a little dizzy if I stare for too long), my expectation and excitement were hard to contain.
Spicy Crab and Sweet Corn Chowder had a lot more corn and veggies than crab meat. Not really spicy, very thick and cornstarchy and did i mention I could hardly see any crab meat? I had better crab soup at Devon and Blakely, ‘nough said. Disappointing, but this wasn’t the main event, so I moved on. *drum rolls please* (or in this case lobster roll, get it? LOL, I know super cheesy, I tried real hard not to type that… but I lost)
The roll part was awesomely yummy, grilled and totally emerged in butter, it would make Paula Deen proud. The lobster on the other hand, had a little too much mayo. If only Luke’s and this place could combine, it would be perfect. Mayo aside, this “lobster” roll had an even bigger mystery… where’s the lobster meat!? After digging around, I found no more than 4 pieces.
I know lobster isn’t cheap and $10 seems like a good deal, but I want lobster chunks in my lobster roll, not shredded lobster mixed with some crab meat, then masked with mayo. I’d rather pay a little extra for non-filler lobster rolls please! This was soooo disappointing and I really wanted to love this place.
As if that wasn’t enough, the caesar salad came with stale croutons. I would of been happier without. The coleslaw was aight, nothing worth describing.
After this experience, I’ve been avoiding that big red lobster on street corners. An Urban Lobster Shack in midtown… I knew it was too good to be true. I had to stop following them on Twitter, it’s sad, but what can I do.
P.S. Chubby’s RATING:
805 Third Ave (lower level of the Crystal Pavilion)