Red Hook Lobster Pound

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The former Van Brunt shellfish shack has grown into a larger, full-service restaurant with an expanded menu, easy-sipping cocktails, and a dry-aged burger.

284 Van Brunt St., Brooklyn, NY, 11231


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The lowdown

This neighborhood favorite and lobster-roll destination refashioned itself into a proper restaurant with multiple locations. No longer just a counter-service operation, the Pound now has an appropriately beach-y theme, with picnic-style seating, ship rope tied tightly around skinny pipes, and walls variously painted with nautical flags. Excellent lobster rolls are still the main show, and there are four varieties to pick from: Connecticut (hot, buttered), Maine (cold, mayo), and less-traditional Tuscan (basil vinaigrette) and BLT (you guessed it), but the menu has expanded significantly into Americana. There are gooey, over-the-top lobster cheese fries, a massive lobster Cobb salad that could feed five, fried oysters Rockefeller, and an excellent, seriously flaky cod sandwich, the Fish Hook, that will put to rest any concerns you have about eating fish with cheese. For those who’d rather stick to land, there are hot dogs and dry-aged beef burgers, too, and also a short, affordable, and approachable cocktail menu that’s heavy on the vodka and gin.

Chris Crowley

What you need to know

Insider Tips $25 lobster dinners all day Wednesday; kids eat free off the kids’ menu on Thursday.

Recommended DishesLobster roll; Cobbster salad.

DrinksFull Bar

Noise LevelCivilized