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They're right, it is weird ( East Boat Lobster )


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They're right, it is weird ( East Boat Lobster )

DaveG | Dec 30, 2001 01:12 PM

I heard about this place, but nothing concrete, only that it's "NY'S WEIRDEST EATERY", and decided to give it a try ( they wear this "weird" like a badge of honor, even posting the attached review from the NYPost all over the place ).

It's at 72 Kenmare, off Mott ( not exactly Chinatown, but not Nolita either ? ). The space looks like a greasy spoon diner converted into a Chinese restaurant, with most of the furnishings picked up at auction of other restaurants gone belly up ( the "booths" have mismatched stuff, like tables which are longer or shorter than the bench, and a bunch of "half booths" which are bench on one side and two mismatched chairs on the other - you get the picture ).

The odd menu is mostly a set of complete dinners for two, centered around a lobster dish, cooked any of 10 - 12 ways. The stuff on most of the dinners is a weird mish-mash of stuff like garlic bread ( think the red Lobster version of it ), a salad ( of letuce, sliced banana, a sliver of tomato, cucumber covered in Mayo ), salt baked shrimp ( or scallops ), the lobster, one other dish ( chicken, crab, steak, etc.), fried rice or spaghetti ( wok cooked and slathered with ketchup ) and ice cream for desert.

While we were trying to decide what to make of this, the manager comes over and pushes today's special.............a 6 pound lobster for $69 !!!!! now, I don't know where you get a raw 6 pound lobster for much less than $69, so I had to give this a try.

First, we got two bowls of Shark's fin soup ( they were "ok". Not the best I've ever had, but certainly acceptible ). Next the weird salad described above along with about a half dozen head-on salt baked shrimp on wooden skewers ( again, pretty decent, but not outstanding ). Next, out cam e a platter of the lobster claws which had been deep fried. This would not have been my first choice of preparation - it made some of the meat a little tough and chewy. Along with this was a small plate of what previously had been described as the lobster "brain", again deep fried with some sliced hot pepers.

Next, the tail and body came in a very garlicky clear sauce with a litttle egg in it ( think "Cantonese" without being thick, much less egg, and lots of garlic ). Along with this some fairly oily fried rice. The lobster tail and sauce were excellent ( ok, so how bad could a tail of this lobster be unless you really tried to spoil it ?? ). While we were able to finish the tail, we couldn't even be bothered to do a lot of work on the "body" and probably left over some decent meat ( couldn't finish the fried claws either, and they insited we take them home ).

Overall comments: I'm not sure the lobster was really 6 pounds, but it was absolutely a big one, and almost definitely over 4 pounds. My "review" above probably doens't sound so appealing overall, but my overall rating is a positive one, and I would/will go back. I mean, there are limmited expectations I have for certain aspects of quality when I'm getting a "6" pouind lobster dinner for two for around $85 including tax and tip. Also, while they are supposed to be on IGT ( according to IGT ), they said they haven't been on it for some time and wouldn't take it.


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