BK Lobster Opening Its First NJ Location in Hoboken

A Brooklyn-based restaurant that is centered around lobster, lobster rolls, lobster pasta, and lobster mac is coming to Hoboken. On August 10th, corporate partners of the new franchise BK Lobster announced that they will be opening their fifth location in the Mile Square via an Instagram video from the restaurant’s account. There is no official grand opening date just yet, but the video shows a sneak peek of the current renovations taking place in what used to be the Total Nutrition Kitchen located at 322 Washington Street.

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“I am super duper excited to get this started with my corporate partners. They brought it over the bridge to Jersey. This is our plan to expand the brand and take Brooklyn everywhere,” says owner and founder Rodney Bonds in the Instagram video.

About BK Lobster

BK Lobster is a fast-casual-meets-upscale restaurant serving — as you could imagine — lots of lobster. The first location opened at ​535 Nostrand Avenue at Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn in 2019. Since then, the restaurant has quickly gained popularity and has expanded its loyal following to Harlem, Prospect Heights, Clinton Hill, and now Hoboken.

Bonds decided to take his franchise experience and invest in his own business. “With all of my restaurant franchise experience, I decided to fill a void and create an opportunity in Brooklyn to create the concept, ‘BK Lobster,’ the lobster roll shop from Brooklyn to beyond,” he stated in a press release. “BK Lobster is uniquely positioned in the fast-casual arena, and we know that residents will love our approach to serving quick lobsters in a luxurious setting.”

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The Menu

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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.

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For something a little more filling, there are seafood dishes like the fried lobster skewers that come with seasoned fries or golden waffles. Other dishes include salmon cakes, fried shrimp, lobster alfredo pasta, lobster mac & cheese, lobster loaded fries, soups, salads, and more.

Lobster in Hoboken

BK Lobster joins other local eateries that serve lobster in a more formal fashion — including Court Street and soon-to-open Sirenetta Seafood + Rawbar owned by Gabi Lombardi, of Sorellina. In Jersey City, Just Be Claws, The Boil, and Hooked JC take the seafood claim to fame, and more recently, a new venture from Lighthorse Tavern was born out of a need for outdoor dining space — Lobster Garage. In no time, they had transformed their unused garage into this booming go-to spot for a delicious lobster roll {among other lobster and seafood-focused menu items}.

With the opening of BK Lobster in Hoboken, Mile Square residents won’t have to trek to JC as often for their lobster fix. We’ll keep you posted on more details of the opening as they develop.

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Victoria is HG's Editorial Assistant. She is a fourth-generation Hoboken native, BNR in the Mile Square, and Jersey City. Through playing softball in town for fourteen years, playing the trumpet for the Hoboken High School Redwings Band, and graduating from New Jersey City University, these two cities have a special place in her heart. When she isn’t Style Assisting or volunteering at Symposia Bookstore, Hoboken Fire Museum/Hoboken Historical Museum, she’s exploring everything the Concrete Jungle has to offer. You can catch her at art exhibitions, local festivities, traveling, diving into a new book, thrifting, or indulging in some form of arts and crafts.