Recently Opened Restaurants
by Julie Besonen, 07/01/2015
Lobster roll. Photo: Daniel Krieger
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Red Hook Lobster Pound
284 Van Brunt St., 718-858-7650, Red Hook, Brooklyn
It's worth shelling out the money for lobster rolls at Red Hook Lobster Pound, which just got a reboot as a full-service restaurant and bar. Purists prefer them Connecticut style, warm and buttery in a split-top bun. The nautical-themed dining room feels like a New England getaway, with families and friends gathered at picnic tables stealing one another's fries and taking forkfuls of blueberry funnel cake with vanilla ice cream. Cape Codders (vodka and cranberry) are on tap and go down well with lobster dip and peel-and-eat shrimp. The restaurant gets its crustaceans straight from Maine and also sells them freshly steamed by the pound (or live, to take home and cook up yourself). The takeout counter is still in place for those on the go—but don't leave without checking out the new bathroom, which is furnished with beach chairs, a beach umbrella and fun-house mirrors.