While walking past Soup Kitchen International in midtown, the home of the original SoupMan, Al Yeganeh (Seinfeld’s Soup Nazi), we noticed they had a sign that they were selling Al’s lobster rolls for $10.00. We were intrigued not only by the lobster, but by the prospect of spending less than $10 dollars on lunch in midtown, we had to check this “deal” out.
Plus, this place is uber famous among the tourist crowd. Al must have said, “No Soup for You” in a million languages in Seinfeld international syndication. Mobs of people were standing outside the restaurant not ordering and just taking pictures. Full disclosure, we were taking pics too. But only to document the experience for our blog… and we ordered food.
Well, the SoupMan might do lobster bisque justice, but the lobster roll was a different story. Sorry Soup Nazi- don’t hate us. We know you are mean and scary, but our parents taught us to never tell a lie. Plus we watched Pinocchio as children, so we will come out with it: this lobster roll was hands down the worst lobster roll we have EVER had. Ever.
Here is what the sign said “Huge Chunks of North Atlantic Lobster Meat on a Buttery Split-Top Bun. Undeniably the Best.”
Here is what the sign should have said: “Huge Chunks of Frozen Lobsteresque Meat on a Mayonnaise Infested Blah Hotdog Roll. Undeniably the Worst.”
Calling the lobster gawd awful is an understatement. It was partially frozen, stringy, chewy, fishy— there aren’t enough negative adjectives to describe the meat. No wonder this roll was only ten bucks including tax- there was hardly any lobster in it. The pieces of lobster were chunky, but does the size really matter if it tastes downright narsty? We should’ve know how “fresh” the lobster was as soon as we saw a guy taking a frozen package from the freezer and dumping lobster out on the counter top. Fine, the average hotdog roll was buttery and a bit toasted, but it was also slathered with mayo and filled with iceberg lettuce and disturbingly fishy tasting lobster that was lightly tossed in mayo and a maybe hint of Old Bay.
Bottom line, nothing could’ve saved this roll. Not even Cosmo Kramer.
Lobster Meat: -1