I blame Hell's Kitchen for turning my lobster craving into a full-blown need with the recent episode parading lobster dishes (On a separate note, am I the only one who is thinking Hell's Kitchen is more and more orchestrated?)
Back to the lobster.. Ryan and I were walking back from Hill Country (Texas bbq at NYC prices) when we saw a sign at Black Pearl advertising a $19.95 Tuesday night lobster special. I needed no more encouragement than that. Ryan, however did as he is semi-opposed to 1) food that requires work to consume and 2) butter.
When I worked at a restaurant, to compensate for the fact that we had to grudgingly cook service during New Year’s Eve, the owners ordered everyone lobsters for family meal at the end of the night. And did they know how to eat a lobster! The chef/owner and his wife retrieved meat from parts of the lobster that I didn’t even know were edible. The chef had learned from his dad. Once, his dad had polished off a lobster meal at a restaurant when a person at the neighboring table approached him and said, "Sir, I can’t express how much joy you’ve given me by watching you devour that lobster." I now apply that rule of thought regarding lobster eating, although I can’t disassemble the crustaceans quite like they can.
The lobster (at 1 1/4 pound) was quite tasty, as were the fries and cole slaw. And they even split the lobsters down the middle, for easier access to the meat (although I secretly wanted the challenge of getting every morsel of meat out myself..)When we first arrived, the place wasn’t quite empty but it wasn’t quite full. And no one was getting lobster. Do they know something we don’t, we wondered. But as the night progressed, more people came and many more orders of lobster were flying out of the kitchen. I can’t attest of the rest of the menu, although they have a majority of raves off Citysearch. But the lobster meal is well worth it.