I've been to the Lafayette Street Ed's once, and I thought it was pretty damn good, so I was very excited to learn about this new branch, much closer to my home. It's in the old Sachiko's space, and man, I wish that place had fulfilled its early promise. Oh, well.
We started with a seafood salad, a mix of chopped lobster, shreds of crab, and slivers of calamari and scungilli with celery, lemon, parsley, garlic and oil. Shrimp was listed on the menu as an ingredient, but damned if we could find any in there. The salad had a pleasant flavor, but it wasn't really possible to taste the individual types of seafood since everything was all shmushed together.
My companion had a couple of lobster sliders, which he said were awesome. I wish I could opine on these myself, but he refused to give me even a tiny bite because 1) they were so awesome and 2) he is a selfish bastard. I had a fried oyster slider, which was very good, greaseless and with a nice brininess, and a half dozen (very small) littleneck clams, five of which were excellent, and one of which was a little suspicious. So if this is my last post, that's why. I've dropped dead from a bad clam.
There's plenty more on the menu I'd go back for, like the lobster meatballs and the oysters - there were five varieties available this evening. And based on the oyster slider, I would trust Ed's to fry calamari and clams well. Service was fine, but I was slightly taken aback when our server said it wasn't possible to order the skate slider sans spicy mayo. I very much doubt that these are pre-made and lying around in heaps in the kitchen, so I think she was just being difficult. Be nice to us, server lady, and we might order more food!
Ed's Lobster Bar Annex
25 Clinton St, New York, NY 10002