Not many of you may know this, but it wasn’t until just a couple of months ago that I began eating seafood. So eating at Luke’s Lobster marks a memorable occasion in my life. As soon as you walk in, you’re instantly overwhelmed by the decor and transported to a beach side lobster shack in New England. You can never go wrong with a cup of frothy Maine root beer and a couple of dusts of “Secret Spices.”Say hello to the Taste of Maine, a tremendous seafood sampler with a bag of chips and drink for $20. Let’s get started. You start off with a pair of Empress Crab Claws with a tangy cocktail sauce. The claws are meaty, light in flavor, and sweet. A squeeze of lemon and a dip of cocktail sauce completes the transcendental experience. Where to begin?The Lobster Roll is a combination of lobster claws and tails, doused in a little butter and sprinkled with “secret spices.” The bun is perfectly buttered and toasted, and the tender sweet lobster cooked flawlessly. It instantly became the measuring stick for all the Lobster Rolls to come. The Shrimp Roll was pretty mediocre. To me, it was a couple of shrimp cocktails tossed into that perfect slice of bread. Just let me eat the bread or give me the Lobster Roll back.Crab Crab Crab. I was actually a little crabby after finishing the Lobster Roll and just having a disappointing Shrimp Roll. Enter the Crab Roll (dramatic fanfare playing in the background). I’ve got to say, it’s pretty good albeit not lobster good. The fresh chunks of sweet delicate crab meat along with the toasted crunch of the roll is a textural and flavor masterpiece.
Luke’s Lobster Scores:
Food: 8/10 – The fleas of the sea (shrimp) drops the score a bit. Also, rumor is, the Lobster Rolls in Brooklyn are better.
Restaurant Environment: 7/10 – The New England-esque decor is a nice touch, but you could have told me I was in a Long John Silver’s and I would’ve believed you.
Value: 6/10 – Hey. Lobster’s expensive, especially in New York.