lobsters in The Lobster Place, located in the Chelsea Market
Growing up, I was never a huge fan of seafood. That changed this summer when I started eating fruit of the sea prepped different ways with different spices prepared by brilliant chefs that really do know what they are creating. I also realized that it’s not only the professionally trained cooks in the kitchen that know what they’re doing — it’s also those who never got a culinary education and they learned hands on by other great cooks (like moms, grandmothers, or other people they grew up around). I have a theory and I want to prove it by the end of the summer, and that is that if a restaurant has family recipes — the food probably is disgustingly scrumptious.
spicy tuna rolls!
I was told that sushi rolling is formulaic and it’s a feeling. Ever role grape leaves stuffed with rice, meat, and a variety of spices? It takes the perfect amount of stuffing, not too much, not too little, and the rolling has to be done tight enough so the stuffing won’t fall out when it’s cooked but it can’t be rolled too tight (I feel like the meat gets dried out if it’s rolled too tight). Well, when chefs at places like The Lobster Place are creating mass amounts of sushi on a daily basis — they have to have that “formula” and “feeling” down.
At the Lobster Place
in the Chelsea Market, there’s a nice selection of seafood that you can buy and prepare yourself in your own kitchen or you can buy already cooked foods such as an assortment of seafood soups and sushi. Out of the soups, I recommend the lobster bisque — it’s the best in New York City (the next closest tasty bisque is at the Chowder Bar in Bay Shore, NY and then at the Penn State Nittany Lion Inn in State College, Pa … really, those are the best soups!). And for the sushi, take a guess at what I bolted for … Yup, you got it — the Spicy Tuna Rolls! I actually decided to give the California rolls a shot too and they were actually pretty good. The freshness of the sushi was extraordinary and even though the shop smelled like an overwhelming stench of seafood, I didn’t feel like I was chowing down on raw food in any way.
The sushi and bisque is a great idea for lunch, especially if your work is in the neighborhood — and on nice days you can bring your lunch outside and enjoy the High Line
. The prices range depending on the size of the soup cups and the sushi count — but everything is really affordable. You can also grab already made sushi that’s been made already the same day so if you’re in a rush you can grab and go.
Secret: The men rolling the sushi will happily make you any sushi you’d like. Even though the spicy tuna rolls were already made and located in the refrigerator — they made me fresh sushi for me right there for me to watch!