Lobster, lobster everywhere!
If you missed the chance to experience Fourchu lobster at L’Ecole this past Tuesday, you have been granted a three-day reprieve, starting tonight—provided you can land a reservation. Fourchus are remarkably flavorful crustaceans found in the waters off Nova Scotia’s Cape Breton Island but rarely found on tables in our own neck of the woods.
I seized on the opportunity on Tuesday and am here to tell you that you haven’t tasted lobster till you’ve tasted one of these prized specimens. The flesh is slightly firmer than that of the Maine variety, but the flavor is infinitely more complex, imbued with a mineral tang that is compelling.
What is even more remarkable is that you can get in on this experience for a mere $5 upcharge beyond L’Ecole’s already reasonable $47 prix fixe, which includes four courses between 5:30 and 7 p.m. and five courses between 8 and to 9 p.m.
On the early menu, chunks of Fourchu will be offered in combination with zucchini ribbons and royal trumpet mushrooms, moistened by Muscadet-tomato cream. On the later menu, the lobster will be featured in a “lobster bake” with chorizo and remoulade sauce. On both menus, you can order a steamed Fourchu accompanied by heirloom tomatoes, a fabulous corn and Manchego salad, and coleslaw, with drawn butter and remoulade.
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When you think eating contests, you think Brooklyn. And when you think Brooklyn, you think Nathan’s. Think again.
On Saturday August 13, Nick’s Lobster will host its first ever Lobster Roll Eating Competition. The festivities will run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The centerpiece will be a 10-minute-long eating contest. Whoever downs the most lobster rolls in the allotted period wins a $250 cash prize. (You can keep your bragging rights. I’ll take cash every time).
The entrance fee of $35 will cover lunch for a booster. For spectators with no dog in the hunt, the admission is $10. An additional $15 will buy your your own lobster roll, fries, and a soft drink or bottled water.
Register online at NicksLobster.com. Nick’s Lobster, Nick’s Lobster, 2777 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn, bet Ave U and Shore Pkwy, 718-253-7117.
- Fourchu, the Rolls-Royce of lobsters, at L’Ecole on August 2
- New York restaurant profile: Nick’s Lobster
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