Courtesy of Mill House Brewing Company
The drool-worthy lobster roll from Mill House Brewing.
When we posted a pic of the lobster roll from Mill House Brewing on our Instagram a few weeks ago, people went nuts. So we figured that a roundup on where to get your lobster roll fix in the Hudson Valley might be helpful and well-received. Our preliminary research shows some interesting things: Lobster rolls are trending on the menus of Hudson Valley breweries. (Who doesn't love craft beer and a lobster roll on a hot day!?) And the mean price is $18, although there are some definite high-end outliers.
Aside from the spots listed below, pay close attention to the specials menu at Boitson’s and Bowery Dugout in Kingston for lobster roll guest appearances. And if you're down in Westchester, check out The Boathouse
in Ossining for a kick-ass lobster roll and Morgan's Fish House
This nano brewery in Midtown Kingston serves up seaside specialties like oysters and lobster rolls that pair perfectly with their lighter German-leaning small-batch beers for a peak summer experience. Their Maine Style Lobster Roll comes on a New England split-top roll finished with lemon, butter, and paprika for $18. Simple, classic. Order takeout or dine outside in their walled (bier)garten.
While Mill House is beloved for their award-winning beer, their brewpub is also renowned for dishing up amazing food. (Their pop-up Chinese takeout dinner was so fiercely popular that they even received death threats when they sold out
in the beginning of May.) Moe's Lobstah Roll features Maine lobster tossed with mayo, celery, red onion, and fresh lemon, on a split top bun for $18.
The Lekker food truck
will be at Arrowood Farm Brewery in Accord, Wednesday through Sunday all summer as well as in the parking lot at Kingston's flagship brewery, Keegan Ales. Their $18 lobster roll changes up the traditional flavor profile a bit with shallots, bell peppers, and celery tossed in tarragon aioli and served on a potato bun with a pickle. The softshell crab sandwiches are also worth a try.
Crossroads Brewing's Athens brewhouse serves up classic American bar food from chili to hot wings and mac 'n' cheese. But their lobster roll is the crowning glory. It comes on a toasted Milano roll (nice touch), and is served with hand-cut fries and coleslaw for $18. (The Catskill Taproom doesn't have a kitchen so they only serve beer and wine, but you're welcome to bring your own outside food, and they also have food trucks on the patio.)
With epic views of the Hudson River and the bridge, Blu Pointe in Newburgh is a scenic and upscale spot to enjoy a lobster roll (or any of their many seafood offerings). Their New England-style lobster roll is served on a toasted brioche bun and comes with fresh summer toppings cucumber and chives, but hold onto your hat, because the $38 price tag might catch you off guard.
Located on the water in Catskill, Port of Call has a seafood centric menu so the lobster roll is no surprise here. A little pricier at $27.95, the roll offers chilled fresh lobster tossed with mayo and spices and served on a New England butter roll. Looking for a gluten-free option? For just two bucks more you can get the lobster bake or the lobster salad, which includes a whole fresh lobster, steamed and chilled over a bed of baby lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes, red onion, mango salsa, and cocktail sauce.
Like the everything from the hot dogs to the ice cream, the bread for the lobster roll at Roe Jan is made in-house. The lobster is tossed in an herbed mayo and topped with a celery salad for a delectable, summery dining experience.
This waterfront restaurant in Newburgh dishes up a full seafood menu. Look for the New England-style twin lobster rolls (market price), which come on grilled split-top rolls for $20.
The Off the Hook food truck serves the greater Kingston area and is beloved for its lobster and shrimp rolls, crab cakes, chowder, and other New England specialties. Their lobster roll comes with a quarter pound of steamed and chilled lobster served on a toasted roll with melted butter for $19. Starting this Sunday, June 28 they'll be in the parking lot at Spiegel Brothers Paper Co. (678 Ulster Avenue, Kingston) weekends 11:30am-5pm. They are looking at becoming a regular fixture Wednesday through Sunday—stay tuned!