What food is more emblematic of summer than lobster?
"People crave it," says Cull & Pistol Chef Dave Seigal, whose lobster rolls are the restaurant's biggest sellers by far. "They want that butter-toasted, warm bun and succulent lobster meat."
Sure, ice cream, Mexican street corn and guacamole could also give lobster a run for its money. But lobster is so popular in the warmer months, restaurants almost can't meet the demand.
"We sell out [of lobster rolls] almost every night," says Distilled Chef Shane Lyons, who hauls in 80-100 lobsters a week now and estimates he'll have to soon bump it up to around 120. "There's nothing better than having a lobster roll on a sunny day, sitting down with a cocktail outside."
If you're looking to mark summer with some succulent lobster, here's a look at some crustacean-tastic dishes from around the city -- including lobster rolls and beyond.
Distilled's lobster roll
La Cenita Steak's butter-poached lobster
ABC Kitchen's wood-oven-roasted Maine lobster
Luke's Lobster's lobster roll
The Clam's fried belly clam and lobster sandwich
Jean-Georges' lobster tartine
NYY Steak's lobster mac and cheese
La Nonna's spaghetti allaragosta
LAVO's lobster Benedict
L'Ecole's steamed lobster
Beauty and Essex's lobster tacos
L&W Oyster Co.'s lobster BLT
Cull & Pistol's split-grilled lobster