Ben Sargent

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2011

    2011 Brooklyn Fishing Derby Officially Underway Along East River

    Good news for extreme locavores: the 2011 Brooklyn Fishing Derby is officially under way. The pristine waters of the East River are swimming with striped bass and bluefish just waiting to be caught by some of New York's more adventurous fishermen. Started by the infamous Dr. Claw (a/k/a Ben Sargent) ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2011

    David Malbequi 'Out' at La Silhouette; Michael White May Be Headed to UWS

    ​La Silhouette has a new chef. Matthew Tropeano, who most recently cooked at La Grenouille, is replacing David Malbequi after just seven months in the kitchen. [Eater] Michael White has revealed that he is scouting locations for his next venture on the Upper West Side. [Grub Street] David Bo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2011

    The Soda Jerk Returns; Restos Cater to the Calorie-Conscious

    ​Just as cocktails came back, it makes sense that the soda fountain (where so many bartenders went to work during Prohibition) is also making a comeback across America. [NY Times] As high-fructose corn syrup is increasingly demonized, chefs around the country are creating their own sodas, ket ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2011

    In Case You Haven't Gotten Enough Lobster Roll News

    ​Perhaps because August seems to have arrived two months early, everyone is busy pretending they live in Maine. Or at least that's one way to explain the fact that not a day seems to pass without some sort of lobster roll-related news. And today is no exception.

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2011

    Dr. Claw, aka Ben Sargent, Comes Above Ground on the Cooking Channel

    Not Eating Out in New York​After Ben Sargent's Undergound Lobster Pound was shut down by the Health Department, we hoped against hope that he would resurface, his excellent lobster rolls in tow. That never happened, but Sargent is back in the public eye, thanks to a new show he'll premier on t ... More >>

  • Dining

    October 20, 2010

    Best of NYC: Our Critics List Their 10 Favorite Dishes

    Robert Sietsema, Sarah DeGregorio, and Rebecca Marx recap their respective years in food

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2010

    Never Mind the Lobster Rolls: The Brooklyn Fishing Derby Kicks Off This Friday

    This 31-lb, 12 oz. bluefish set a world record when it was caught in 1972.​Although Ben Sargent is sadly no longer serving lobster rolls to the people of Greenpoint, he's keeping busy this week with the kick-off of his second-annual Brooklyn Fishing Derby.

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2010

    Underground Lobster Pound Is Kaput Until it Goes 'Legit'

    All that remains.​A week after news spread that Greenpoint's Underground Lobster Pound had been shut down by the DOH and its proprietor, Ben Sargent -- AKA Dr. Claw -- threatened with jail time, it appears that the lobster roll moratorium may be in effect for the foreseeable future.

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2010

    The City's Lobster Roll Pushers Sure Like to Talk a Lot of Smack

    The Red Hook Lobster Pound's lobster roll: pretty is as pretty does.​The latest issue of New York Magazine features an exhaustive look at the city's lobster roll scene, and includes a fascinating break-down of the economic, environmental, and ethical factors that have helped to create our curr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2010

    Successful Publicity Stunts 101: Dr. Claw Crashes Tasting Table's Lobster Roll Claw-Off

    Who was that masked man?​ Ben Sargent may have gone through some rather dramatic transformations over the past few months, but his talent for self-promotion has remained a constant. This was made hilariously apparent last night when the founder of Greenpoint's Underground Lobster Pound crashe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2010

    The Underground Lobster Roll Dude Is Now Being Portrayed by Ali G.

    Community Newspaper Group/Aaron ShortIt's come to this.​In a transition of Vader-like proportions, Ben Sargent has gone from being Ben Sargent to being the Underground Lobster Pound to being the Lobster Pusher Man to being, currently, Dr. Claw. The Brooklyn Paper has a rather hilarious profile ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2010

    Underground Lobster Pound Guy Blames Media for Bust, But Pushes On

    timeinthekitchen.comThe straight dope on illicit lobster rolls.​Why would a guy who surreptitiously sells a controlled substance (OK, shellfish) out of his Brooklyn apartment allow journalists and camera crews to broadcast news of his operation's existence? Even more curiously, why would such ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2010

    An Underground Lobster Pound in Greenpoint

    The Underground Lobster Pound: A Purist, An Apartment & The Perfect Lobster Roll - *food curated* from SkeeterNYC on Vimeo. Liza Mosquito de Guia of food.curated will be on the panel at Afternoon Snack, a New York new food media event at Whole Foods Bowery this Friday. Her latest mini documentary ... More >>