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Where to find NYC's best lobster rolls

Seafood season is on!

And is there anything better than a buttery, creamy, lobster-y lobster roll? Anything you can eat with your hands and chase down with a cold beer or lemonade is good with us.

Chunks of fresh claw meat, crisp veggies, toasted buns and some surprising garnishes make up some of the city's best lobster rolls.

Find them at these freshy and fishy NYC spots.

Luke's Lobster

New York City's original paper plate lobster
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New York City's original paper plate lobster roll -- that is to say, not served in a fancy restaurant with pristine tablecloths but rather a food truck and a small shack in the East Village -- Luke's does lobster rolls right.

Proprietor Luke Holden came to NYC with little more than a love for lobster and an empty roll. Okay, not quite, but he's built up quite an empire of Luke's Lobster restaurants throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn and now Washington D.C. Maine shrimp, crab and lobster rolls are all on the menu, stuffed into soft hot dog buns lined with mayo. At $8-$15 per roll, you're getting a lot of meat for your money here and it's worth everything you shell out.

Multiple locations, http:/lukeslobster.com

Greenpoint Fish & Lobster

This sustainable seafood market and restaurant serves a
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This sustainable seafood market and restaurant serves a great lobster roll meal! Accompanied by a spicy pickle and wonderfully vinegar-coated purple slaw, the lobster roll is still the standout on the platter. Served in a soft, toasted potato bun, fresh lobster meat is lightly dressed with mayo, crisp bites of celery, lemon and a secret seasoning blend that flavors every bite. Packed with mostly claw and knuckle meat, you'll probably need a fork to scoop up all that extra lobster. And that's a good thing! (Market Price).

114 Nassau Ave., Brooklyn, 718-349-0400, greenpointfish.com

Red Hook Lobster Pound

Red Hook Lobster Pound's Connecticut style roll, served
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Red Hook Lobster Pound's Connecticut style roll, served in a warm, buttery bun, is one of the top comfort foods of some of NYC's food critics. The New York Times' Pete Wells, for one, is really into the melty butter versus a traditional mayonnaise laced roll. Packed with fresh lobster, this $16 roll is worth every bite. If you can, save room for lobster cheese fries and lobster mac and cheese, but this is one lobster roll you need to eat this summer.

16 Extra Place, Manhattan and 284 Van Brunt St., Brooklyn, redhooklobster.com

Upholstery Store: Food and Wine

The gourmet lobster roll at Upholstery Store is
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The gourmet lobster roll at Upholstery Store is a pleasantly indulgent start to a meal at the petite West Village restaurant, though you may want to make the lobster roll the main course.

Chef Matthew Neele, former pastry chef of Wallse bakes the buttery, bricoche rolls from scratch each day, filling them with large bites of Maine lobster tossed in a Champagne vinegar aioli and herb mix. Each roll is garnished with fresh matchsticks of apple, pickled diced celery, local pea Shoots from Union Square Greenmarket and a swipe of horseradish gel. More a work of art than a sandwich, you still won't have trouble devouring it.

713 Washington St., 212-929-6384, kg-ny.com

Lobster Joint

Greenpoint's casual lobster-focused restaurant has a laid-back seaside
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Greenpoint's casual lobster-focused restaurant has a laid-back seaside vibe, with communal picnic tables inside and a large backyard perfect for happy hour pitchers and of course, lobster rolls.

Choose from New England style with herb mayo and celery, Connecticut style with warm butter or a lobster club featuring avocado and bacon to add to the richness of the lobster salad. All are served on a grilled-to-order roll or Bibb lettuce for the carb-free, along with slaw and chips or fries. A pile of juice, well-seasoned claw and knuckle meat makes each lobster roll stand out as one of the best in the city.

1073 Manhattan Ave., Brooklyn, lobsterjoint.com

Lobster Place

Chelsea Market's premiere seafood spot, Lobster Place uses
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Chelsea Market's premiere seafood spot, Lobster Place uses fresh claw and tail meat right from the live tanks to cook up into its toasted, lettuce-lined lobster rolls.

If you're more of a DIY lobster roll person, you can also purchase a make-at-home lobster roll kit ($45) from the Chelsea Market shop, complete with everything you need to make your own lobster rolls. Perfect for picnics and park hangouts!

75 Ninth Ave., 212-255-5672, lobsterplace.com

The Wayfarer

Served as an appetizer, this decadent petite lobster
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Served as an appetizer, this decadent petite lobster roll ($18) is a nice, refreshing way to start a seafood-focused meal at the New American eatery. Alternatively, grab one to go and munch in nearby Central Park.

Three and a half onces of fresh Maine lobster is tossed in a light lobster bisque reduction with pickled red onion,celery and paprika and served with bibb lettuce in a crunchy buttered brioche roll. Complemented by a side of homemade salt and vinegar chips, each bite of this lobster roll has a highly satisfying crunch.

101 W. 57th St., 212-691-0030, thewayfarernyc.com

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