Maybe the soundtrack gets there–fun stuff everyone likes such as Tom Petty and Young MC–but the place itself is city-like, polished and fairly pricey. General early impressions: The oysters are beautiful, the fries crisp, the service friendly and efficient, the lobster sandwich very overpriced (now that you can get a fat $13 lobster roll at Luke’s Lobster…), the saltine-crusted oysters soggy. Free dessert–a tiny mug of excellent chocolate pudding–is a nice touch, as it is at the Mermaid Inns. For best results right now, sit at the bar, order a Hot and Dirty (a martini with olive brine and Tabasco) and a dozen Long Island oysters (Peconic Bay and Blue Point), which have the twin advantages of being local and the cheapest on the menu.
Well-seasoned lobster salad on a tender brioche bun, plus crisp fries–awfully tasty, but priced at $26. Aren’t lobster prices at all-time lows right now?
79 Macdougal Street