Red Hook Lobster Pound

284 Van Brunt St.
Brooklyn, NY 11231
646-326-7650
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  • Sun, Tue-Thu 12pm-8pm, Fri-Sat 12pm-9pm
  • $$
  • Lunch
Sure, it's a hike from the metro to the Red Hook Lobster Pound's Van Brunt Street location in that wharf-ish corner of South Brooklyn. But the lobsters are fresh-caught from Maine, and the Pound serves a formidable, widely-celebrated rendition of the Vacationland delicacy. A quarter pound of the precious shellfish is heaped onto a split and grilled JJ Nissen hot dog bun, prepared in the Maine style (cold, with homemade mayo), the Connecticut style (warm, with drawn butter), or a dairy-free Tuscan style. The menu also sports lobster mac and cheese, the doubly sinful Lobster BLT, and a classic New England clam chowder. Cut through the sweet meat with a Brooklyn Brine pickle and wash it all down with a Maine Root Soda. The restaurant has the spartan appeal of a Kittery dockside market with only a counter and two wood-covered wells full of live crustaceans. Dine-in customers take their seafood next door to the similarly bare dining room and eat on blonde-wood picnic tables amongst kitschy, red-claw decor. Don’t want to make the journey to Red Hook? The Pound’s “Big Red” mobile lobster track does food truck duty all over the city--find out where via twitter @lobstertruckny. --Alex Spoto

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