Luke’s started in the East Village, but now you’ll find them in five different states. These guys are more quality-minded than your average seafood chain, but you’re also going to pay about $17 for your lobster roll. Add chips and a drink, and that’s some pretty expensive takeout. Still, the minimalist rolls (with ¼ lb of lobster, shrimp, or crab) are near the top of their class.
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Eataly Downtown is the corporate mall version of the one on 5th avenue, but it’s useful for a sandwich at lunch or a drink if you’re killing time.
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Heidi’s House By The Side Of The Road
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Pier A Harbor House is one of the best dining al fresco restaurants in NYC, complete with a view of the Statue Of Liberty and a massive outdoor/patio situation.
The Park Slope location of Luke’s Lobster has a solid beer selection and few picnic benches outside.
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