Ed's Lobster Bar
Killing time last Saturday evening and needing an early, solo, Soho supper, I headed over to Ed's Lobster Bar to see if his Lobster Roll is as good as everyone's been saying. Heck, it's summer, right? Might as well enjoy it with a little crustacean....
Ed's is a narrow, New Englandish place with one long bar (which makes it good for dining alone) and a few tables in the back. I imagine it gets mobbed in prime time, but I had no problem getting a seat at around 5:45. They have a raw bar, bowls of chowder, some cooked fish dishes, a salad or two... and, the main (Maine?) attraction, Lobster Roll. Which I loved even more than I expected.
Basically what you have here is a mound of perfectly-cooked lobster meat—tail and claw—mixed with just a teeny bit of mayo and piled into a buttery, lightly toasted hot dog roll. The french fries were hot, salty and spuddy... maybe cooked a little less than I like, but next time I'll order them well-done. The pickles were incredibly intense and vinegary, offering a nice counterpoint to the sweet sandwich. All in all, an excellent plate of food, served up fast and friendly-like.
Ed's Lobster Bar is located on Lafayette Street just north of Spring. The Lobster Roll is listed as "market price", which on this day was $23, and was plenty of food to make a satisfying meal.