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Beyond the Lobster Roll: 5 Delish Seafood Rolls

The lobster roll gets all the love during the summer. Its popularity is understandable; it’s hard to resist fresh lobster piled on a butter-toasted bun. At many of the popular seafood spots in New York City, however, there are other seafaring sandwiches on the menu that are just as good and often much cheaper. Here are five lobster roll alternatives you shouldn’t overlook.

Luke's Lobster

Lobster roll, crab roll, and shrimp roll at Luke’s Lobster (Photo: Courtesy of Luke’s Lobster)

Crab Roll at Luke’s Lobster
This mini-chain is, of course, best-known for its lobster rolls, but all of its seafood is fresh, minimally dressed (just mayo, lemon butter and spices), and heaped in a buttered bun. The crab roll is a more affordable alternative, $12 to the lobster’s $15; and a roll with sweet shrimp, just $8. multiple locations, lukeslobster.com

Shrimp Roll at Red Hook Lobster Pound
Another spot where the lobster roll is the expected order, but there’s much more to try here. Get the shrimp roll, with roasted garlic and tarragon mayo, still packed with seafood but four bucks less expensive than the $16 lobster roll. 284 Van Brunt St., Brooklyn, 718-858-7650, additional appearances at food markets and from Red Hook’s mobile truck; redhooklobster.com

Fried Oyster Roll at Pearl Oyster Bar
The charming New England-style seafood restaurant serves a beautiful lobster roll with irresistible shoestring fries, but the roll filled with plump fried oysters, dolloped with tartar sauce, might be even better — and it comes with those skinny fries, too. 18 Cornelia St., 212-691-8211, pearloysterbar.com

Scallop Roll at Bait & Hook
It’s not a traditional fried scallop roll, but it’s still a mean sandwich: seared scallops with jalapeno, bacon and creme fraiche. Same buttered bun and sides of coleslaw and pickles as the lobster roll, but $7 cheaper. 231 2nd Ave., 212-260-8015, baitandhooknyc.com

Clam Roll at Mary’s Fish Camp
The butter-toasted roll can’t contain the number of golden-fried clam bellies, which spill out onto the plate. Just eat the extras with a fork and swipe them through the celery root remoulade. 64 Charles St., 646-486-2185, marysfishcamp.com

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