Four courses of New England perfection

By Hannah Howard

Baby, it’s cold outside. But at the Red Hook Lobster Pound, summer is endless and delicious. Owners Ralph Gorham and Susan Povich had originally planned to turn their Red Hook property into apartments. Instead, the culinary universe can thank them for changing their minds and deciding to bring the briny bounty of Maine to serve as the main attraction at this their flagship location. The pair are on a first name basis with the best lobstermen in the Five Islands area of Maine, who hand pick each and every lobster the restaurant serves.

With tables that Ralph built from recycled wood, the Pound’s cheerful brightness channels high summer après beach, and the four courses that comprise the Blackboard Eats exclusive tasting menu is no small seaside feast. It all starts with with the creamiest of New England style chowders, studded with super flavorful clams. If you like to play with your food, the next few rounds will make it clear that you’ve come to the right place. A toss in Old bay gives the plump and sweet peel and eat shrimp a spicy kick—the finger-licking-goodness is quite literal. The folks at Red Hook Lobster Pound then steam meaty lobsters to perfection, and serve them with all the fixings: sweet corn, drawn butter, fat potatoes.

Shades of the state fair arrive for dessert, as the funnel cake with vanilla ice cream and tart blueberries is everything it should be—creamy and crunchy, smooth and sweet, decadent, and soul-satisfying. All that’s missing is some sunshine.


Sun, Tue–Thu 11:30 AM–9 PM; Fri–Sat 11:30 AM–10 PM
Closed Monday

price range

$6 (cup of chowder) to $25 (Wednesday lobster dinner)