Did you know there was a Chinatown Restaurant Week? Well, there is, and it ends tonight, but if you decide to go out for it next year, please learn from my experience. In a nutshell, Chinatown Restaurant Week has the same weakness as non-Chinatown Restaurant Week - it's no bargain. At least, not at the Lobster Boat Restaurant.
I've walked by the place, at 11 Mott St., a hundred times, and thought tonight would be a good opportunity to give it a try. The online menu (http://www.chinatownrestaurantweek.co...) clearly offers a choice of entree, so Big H & I both planned on getting the steamed lobster. Boring, yes, but we like lobster, and maybe all the other stuff would be great! (Yes, I was dreaming.)
The Lobster Boat offers family-style meals. The special menu ($18.88 per person) turned out to be a meal for two, which meant we got one small lobster to share, along with a plate of fried fish nuggets (Mrs. Paul's has a Chinese equivalent - who knew?), and a bowl of shrimp fried rice with a grand total of four - count em! - small shrimp. Plus two spring rolls, four pork dumplings, a choice of egg drop or hot & sour soup, garlic bread (?), and a salad of iceberg lettuce, tomato, some apple slices and a lot of mayonnaise (??). Also ice cream and tea. It was a lot of food, but it was not very good. The soup was alright, and the lobster was a lobster, but everything else was steam table quality. In fact, except for the lobster, I could've had nearly the exact same meal at the Mid-Hudson Buffet in Kingston.
While we drank our tea, I looked at the regular menu and realized that there were plenty of other more interesting options for nearly the same price. Some were even a bit cheaper. I asked the waiter whether two people could share one of these mini-banquets, and he said sure. So I screwed up. The place was hopping, and the staff was very nice, so we had an okay evening, considering. I am wishing myself better luck next time.
11 Mott St, New York, NY 10013