18 Cornelia St., New York, NY (Bleecker & West 4th Sts.)
Let’s put it this way: When Tony Soprano woke up from his coma, the first thing he wanted to eat was a lobster roll from Pearl Oyster Bar. One bite of this succulent sandwich and you’ll understand why. Inspired by the many childhood summers she spent in Kennebunkport, Maine, Chef Rebecca Charles introduced the lobster roll to Manhattan with a splash back in 1997. It was an instant Cornelia Street classic. This menu mandatory is served with a side of golden shoestring fries – perfectly salty and skinny – and is still one of the best lobster rolls to be found in the city today. Her New England clam chowder made with country cream and double-cured bacon, lump crab cake with a refreshing sweet corn relish and blueberry bread pudding with vanilla custard sauce will also bowl you over, within a charming beach shack setting, an oasis of Yankee charm, all inspired by memories of Rebecca’s grandmother, Pearl.