By Seth Fera-Schanes
The Lobster Place is one of my favorite businesses in NYC. Located in Chelsea Market in the Meatpacking District, this fish monger has knowledgeable staff and incredibly fresh fish.
Fish are available for purchase and to take home but it seems like the majority of visitors to The Lobster Place head straight to the back of the store to pick out freshly steamed whole lobster. I have had the lobster and it is delicious, but it can get really expensive really quickly.
When I visit, I will get a combination of fresh oysters and small soup for lunch. There is a small shellfish counter in the front of the store where one can choose from a selection of 8-10 varieties of oysters as well as a few clam options. Prices range from $1.50-$2.25 which is more affordable than most restaurants. I select a few oysters (they will be shucked for you) and then head to the back of the store to pick out a soup. There are about 6 options including Manhattan Clam Chowder, Lobster Bisque and my personal favorite Cajun Crab and Corn Chowder. A small soup will cost $4.50. The next time you are visiting NYC, make this a stop on your itinerary.