When we decided not to go to New Orleans, I was bummed. Not because I wanted to go to Bourbon Street, though I did (except that this whole shooting thing may have put a damper on things). Not that I didn’t want to make a pilgrimage to the Abita Brewing Company, because I really wanted to. And not because I wanted to show The Wife the city I discovered earlier this year, because I really did.
No, I was sad because I wouldn’t get to dive headfirst into oysters and the rest of the great seafood found on the Gulf Coast. But then I realized that we would be New York City-bound and that great seafood came into the local fish markets each day, right? Right?
The Lobster Place is a wholesale, retail and grab-and-go outfit located near the center of Chelsea Market. Looking for live lobster or wild-caught Chilean Sea Bass to cook at home? They have it. Looking for a lobster roll or some bisque to nibble on while walking around or for lunch? They have that too.
They also have an oyster bar next door called Cull & Pistol (“cull” is the term for a lobster missing one claw; “pistol” means a lobster missing both due to predators), where we sidled up for dinner on our Saturday evening in the city. Reservations were an easy grab on OpenTable and the tables were mostly filled when we arrived. Seating at the raw bar is first-come, first-served. Continue reading Cull & Pistol, New York, N.Y.