Restaurants serving great lobster dishes
Lobster can be served many ways, from rolls to straight-up steamed, poached in butter to stir-fried. Here are local preparations that excel.
The Plaza Cafe(Credit: Newsday / Peter Gianotti)
The Plaza Cafe, Southampton: The lobster and corn chowder at The Plaza Cafe is really a two-in-one, as chef Douglas Gulija combines in equal measure his great lobster bisque with a corn chowder made from corn cobs and bacon.
Franina(Credit: Yvonne Albinowski)
Franina, Syosset: Lobster stars in a spiced-to-order main course of shellfish fra diavolo at this Italian spot.
Luigi Q(Credit: Newsday / Marjorie Robins)
Luigi Q, Hicksville: Owner Luigi Quarta gets creative when lobster season is in full swing and, upon request, will make you this appetizer of cracked lobster and whole prawns, seasoned with olive oil, garlic and parsley, then broiled to tender perfection. It's an OMG dish, with an OMG market price.
Red Hook Lobster Pound(Credit: Maria Boyadjieva)
Red Hook Lobster Pound, Montauk: This spot serves lobster rolls four ways, including this chilled Maine roll.
Winston's Bar and Grill(Credit: Gordon M. Grant)
Winston's Bar and Grill, East Hampton: This East End spot serves a terrific fried lobster, with a note of ginger and scallion, a salt-cracker crust, and sliced, fried plantains.
Pizzetteria Brunetti(Credit: Pizzetteria Brunetti )
Pizzetteria Brunetti, Westhampton Beach: Still adhering to the Italian tradition that discourages cheese with fish, the lobster pizza at this spot features big hunks of fresh lobster meat on a crust strewn with cherry tomatoes, fresh corn, scallions and micro basil.
Rothmann's Steakhouse(Credit: Alessandro Vecchi)
Rothmann's Steakhouse, East Norwich: The steamed lobster at Rothmann's almost symbolizes summertime dining.
South Edison(Credit: Doug Young)
South Edison, Montauk: This East End spot serves a trio of lobster sliders.
Casa Rustica(Credit: Alessandro Vecchi)
Casa Rustica, Smithtown: This eatery excels with lobster, especially its creamy risotto with asparagus and roasted tomatoes.
Heirloom Tavern(Credit: Alessandro Vecchi)
Heirloom Tavern, Glen Head: This eatery's lobster fettuccine carbonara is a rich variation of the classic Roman dish.
Fortune Wheel(Credit: Nicole Horton)
Fortune Wheel, Levittown: This spot serves an aromatic stir-fry of lobster with ginger and scallions.