It’s a tradition at work when a new guy starts, we all go to lunch as a group. Â As the only girl in the office and a lover of restaurants, I naturally am the one to pick the place. Â This time, I thought we’d try the new Village Lobster and Crabhouse. Â The restaurant is so brand new that it has a preview menu available.
Right now, the place is cash only, and offers a two-course lunch prix-fixe for $14.95. Â Alternatively, you can get a three course meal for $19.95 or $29.95 during dinner hours. Â Currently, Village Lobster and Crabhouse is cash only.
We walked in, and the place is pretty spacious with dozens of tables and several booths. I liked the decor too – the lights hanging above the bar were made from old cans (think industrial size tomato cans). Â There was some nautical themes here and there, but it wasn’t close to cheesy. Â There were plenty of tvs too if you wanted to watch a game.
I decided for my meal to go with the New England clam chowder and then the Maryland crab cake. Â Prior to receiving our food, some bread came out as well, which was a nice touch. Â The bread was pretty good, could have been a bit warmer, but it was good.
The clam chowder was ordered by everyone at our table and we all agreed that it was heavier on the clamsthen most places. Â Often, I find that clam chowder is mostly potatoes, so it was nice to see lots of clams. Â But see, that’s the problem – I could see the clams. Â A few of us would have preferred a thicker, creamier, chowder. Â If you like more of a runnier NE chowdah, consider getting the chowder here.
I was a little surprised that my crab cake was a crab cake sandwich, since it didn’t indicate that on the menu. Â I knew it came with fries and coleslaw, but thought it’d be just on the plate with accompanying sides. Â On top of the crab cake was lettuce and tomato. Â The crab cake was good and was refreshing with the tomato. Â I wish the crab meat could have been a tad sweeter. Â Regarding the sides, the fries were good paired with malt vinegar. Â The coleslaw I could have done without – there was an aftertaste after a forkful of coleslaw. Â I can’t tell you what it was, but all I know is that it wasn’t my favorite.
Overall, I enjoyed my meal at Village Lobster and Crabhouse, and I know they are working out any kinks between now and the official opening. Â I thought the preview menu was a pretty good deal for seafood, and while I thought the food was good, I wasn’t blown away or have that feeling like I need to go back anytime soon. Â It just wasn’t memorable enough for me. Â Still, if you work near that part of the Village like I do, there aren’t a ton of places right off the 1 to entertain clients or potential business partners, so this restaurant may be the perfect place if you need to have a nice lunch without breaking the bank.The Basics Name: Â Village Lobster and Crabhouse Location: 225 Varick St between Downing St. and S. 7th Ave Who to Bring: Co-workers, Friends Price: $$ $14.95 for two courses Overall: 3 Stars. Â Solid.