What this summer will be like, with the possibility of sitting — maybe six feet apart — on a boardwalk overlooking the ocean, remains to be seen. But, in the meantime, you can arrange for lobster rolls at home for a dinner or weekend treat for that summer-by-the-sea feeling. Here is a selection of New York restaurants that have lobster rolls for takeout or delivery, and several companies that ship nationally.
Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse
A top-of-the-line lobster roll ($27) is available from this luxury corporate steakhouse.
1221 Avenue of the Americas (48th Street), 212-575-5129, delfriscos.com.
Ed’s Lobster Bar
At this reliable lobster specialist, the lobster rolls come in small ($20) and large ($34).
222 Lafayette Street (Spring Street), 212-343-3236; also in Sag Harbor, N.Y., 1742 Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike, 631-725-1131, lobsterbarnyc.com.
Luke’s Bar and Grill
Lobster rolls with fries ($24.95) are sold to go at this venerable Upper East Side hangout.
1394 Third Avenue (79th Street), lukesbarandgrill.com.
The Upper East Side location of this American restaurant and beer hall is doing takeout and delivery. A lobster roll with fries and salad is $22.
1125 First Avenue (62nd St), 212-832-1551, treadwellpark.com.
OK, so they’re not exactly lobster rolls, but Maine lobster tacos for two, with avocado and pickled onions, make for a worthwhile stand-in, $45.
652 Union Street (Fourth Avenue), Park Slope, 718-636-6311, palosantorestaurant.com.
Red Hook Lobster Pound
At this lobster and seafood spot, you have your choice of lobster roll styles. The classic is made with mayonnaise-dressed lobster salad, while the Connecticut is the brown butter version. There are also lobster roll BLTs and a Tuscan-style lobster roll dressed in basil vinaigrette, $26 to $28. And perhaps a lobster claw Bloody Mary with that ($14)?
284 Van Brunt Street (Verona Street), Red Hook, 718-858-7650, redhooklobster.com.
On this website, several Maine lobster companies are selling kits containing lobster meat, dressing and buns, sometimes with extras. Quantities to serve two to a dozen are usually available. The components are also sold separately at some businesses. Delivery is included: Eventide Oyster Co., in Portland, sells a brown butter lobster roll kit with bao buns serving four with the option of four whoopie pies or oatmeal cream pies for $99. Hancock Gourmet Lobster Co., in Topsham, has a kit with lobster roll fixings for six plus six whoopee pies, $129. McLoons Lobster Shack, in South Thomaston, has a lobster roll kit for two for $55.
This national chain, which got its start in New York and has several locations in the city, is not doing takeout or delivery, but it is shipping lobster meat from Maine in eight-ounce portions (enough for two to three rolls) for $25. A package of 8 buns is $4.
Maine Lobster Now
Lobster kits from this Portland, Maine, company serve six, and consist of a pound of lobster chunks with rolls, potato chips, a jar of mayonnaise and a stick of sea salt butter for $99.99.
877-990-8215, 207-799-8222, mainelobsternow.com.
The chain’s restaurants, including the Manhattan locations in the theater district and TriBeCa, are offering lobster rolls for $15 each for takeout. In many locations it’s available every day. Buy two, and they’ll donate another one to first responders.