Sometimes, it’s important to well, #treatyoself, and a great way to do that is with food. Lobster is one of those things you don’t indulge in every day, so when you do, it’s gotta be done right. We’ve rounded up some of the best local spots to enjoy lobster in Hudson County. Whether it’s lobster in a sandwich, mac, and cheese, fried, in soup, or even an entire one — you can find all of that + more at these spots.
BK Lobster | 732 Washington Street, Hoboken
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BK Lobster is a fast-casual-meets-upscale restaurant serving — as you could imagine — lots of lobster. The menu emphasizes a variety of lobster rolls, with imported lobster from Maine. The signature lobster rolls are all named after the neighborhoods around the borough. The Bed-Stuy Biggie roll was inspired by the legendary rapper Notorious B.I.G. Others include the Crown Heights Roll, Bay Ridge Roll, Flatbush Roll, and the Brownsville Roll.
Chart House | Lincoln Harbor Pier D-T, Weehawken
With a lobster dish for every course (and every price point), Chart House is a can’t-go-wrong pick. The spot serves lobster bisque, a lobster tail, and, if you’re with a group, the iced seafood tower starter will meet every seafood-lovers fantasy with chilled lobster, jumbo shrimp, tuna poke, oysters, and king crab legs.
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Court Street | 61 Sixth Street, Hoboken
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Court Street boasts a “Lobsterfest” which takes place EVERY Wednesday night from 4:30PM-11:00PM for those dining in-house. You’ll get 1 1/4 lb Maine Lobster with soup or salad, potato or veggie — all for $23.95! Seriously cannot be beaten. Jumbo lobsters are also available at specially reduced prices (while supplies last, of course.
Elysian Cafe | 1001 Washington Street, Hoboken
One of the oldest restaurants in the Mile Square, this staple serves up seafood in addition to other bistro-style food. One of the best seafood dishes is the lobster roll made with shallots, celery, herbs, arugula salad, and pommes frites.
Fire + Oak | 479 Washington Boulevard, Jersey City
This spot may be known for $1 oyster Mondays, but it serves up a great lobster dish too. With dishes like burgers, sandwiches, pasta, steaks, seafood, and more, there’s something for everyone.
Halifax | 225 River Street, Hoboken
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This chic spot inside the W Hoboken has two lobster entrees worth checking out. Stop in after work hours as the dinner menu includes a Maine lobster rigatoni: fresh pasta with lobster coral butter, trumpet mushrooms, and lemon (we went ahead and tested this one for you and it is unfairly delicious).
Harry’s Daughter | 339 Communipaw Avenue, Jersey City
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Harry’s Daughter, located in the Bergen-Lafayette neighborhood has a few lobster entrees that are a must-try. On Tuesdays they offer $20 Lobster tails until 11PM. However, this special is offered only for dine-in and until the lobster tails run out. So don’t wait until the last minute!
Hooked JC | 467 Communipaw Avenue, Jersey City
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Seafood is obviously the focus here, and Hooked JC has everything from scallops, crab cakes, and shrimp to fish tacos, fried oysters, seafood gumbo, and a lobster roll. If you go with the fresh catch option, you can choose to have it blackened, grilled, or fried, then served as a po’ boy, platter (with fries, hushpuppies, or coleslaw), or over a salad. Top it all off with one of their many sauces made in-house: remoulade, tartar, cocktail, Thai chili aioli, or pineapple soy ginger.
Jack’s Lobster Shack | 1040 River Road, Edgewater
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In this seafood restaurant, you can eat lobster for an appetizer and entree. The lobster is imported from Maine. The “Lobster Dinner” includes a 1 1/2 lbs up to 4 lbs (ask for daily available sizes) lobster, corn on the cob, coleslaw, drawn butter, and your choice of soup or salad. The lobster fritters, lobster fettuccine alfredo, and lobster bisque are all must-tries.
Just BeClaws | 280 1st Street, Jersey City
Beyond the traditional crab menu offerings, Just BeClaws‘ lobster roll is also a notable pick. It’s served on two pieces of Texas Toast (which, let’s face it, automatically makes it good) with huge, fresh chunks of lobster. Also, check out the Po’Boy (even offered with sweet potato) or the crab cake sandwich for a very delicious seafood meal.
Lobster Garage | 98 Morris Street, Jersey City
The name says it all. This new venture from Lighthorse Tavern was born out of a need for outdoor dining space amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. In no time, the team had transformed the unused garage into this booming go-to spot for a delicious lobster roll, among other lobster and seafood-focused menu items.
Molos | 1 Pershing Road, Weehawken
This Mediterranean restaurant is known for its waterfront views and its exceptional seafood… shellection (we had to). Molos has a variety of lobster options — get it chilled, in soup, pasta, and more. See the full menu here.
Shell N’ Tail | 150 Bay Street, Jersey City
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This restaurant is located in the Powerhouse Arts District of Jersey City and serves up fresh seafood (delivered daily) including crab legs, shrimp, oysters, clams, and of course, lobster. Some of the lobster dishes offered are a Surf & Turf Cheesesteak that has Angus beef rib-eye steak, lobster, pickled peppers, caramelized onions, morel mushrooms, secret sauce, signature cheese fondue, and served with a side of crushed hot cherry peppers; and the Southern Lobster Roll made with lobster, are bay aioli, and soul slaw on a split top roll.
Sirenetta | 1039 Washington Street, Hoboken
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Sirenetta’s specialty is seafood – so just imagine! This gorgeous spot serves a great lobster pasts dish called Lobster All’Amatriciana that’s served with house-made rigatoni, DOP tomato, guanciale, and chili pepper. Patrons can also enjoy crab, oysters, shrimp, and much more at Sirenetta.
Stingray Lounge | 1210 Washington Street, Hoboken
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Short, sweet, and to the point — Stingray Lounge offers a delicious Maine-style lobster roll, served with Old Bay fries. Note: if lobster isn’t usually your thing, a lobster roll is the perfect low-pressure meal to ease you into the shellfish world (also, Old Bay Fries = heart eye emoji).
The Boil | 8 Erie Street, Jersey City
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The Boil is a NOLA-influenced restaurant and bar that specializes in seafood. The Boil has two locations in Manhattan and has expanded to Jersey City. The vibe is nautical and chill, and patrons even get to wear a bib when cracking into the lobster. The seafood is sourced directly from New Orleans and is served in a no-fuss plastic bag.
There’s grilled cheese, then there’s The Madison’s lobster grilled cheese. You can’t go wrong with this savory dish. This isn’t the only seafood dish locals can enjoy at this neighborhood spot, there’s also oysters, grilled squid, tuna tartar, and a lobster roll on the menu.