Yankee Lobster Company
The Perfect Seafood Storm from the North Atlantic
The Yankee Lobster Company was founded in 1950 as a seafood wholesaler. In 2001, the company expanded with a fish market style casual restaurant. “We are right next to the water in the Boston Seaport District, an area full of hotels and tourists,” said General Manager Lee Pinto. “Everyone here is an expert on fish and seafood. I come from a family of fishermen. We get the freshest seafood for our wholesale operation, our market and restaurant from the day’s catch of the North Atlantic Fishing Fleet.”
Pinto estimates that the customer ratio at the restaurant is 70 percent tourists and 30 percent locals. The convention center is within walking distance and there’s a music venue nearby, which can mean a perfect storm of customers lined up outside. There are 35 seats indoors and another 40 on the patio. The place is open seven days a week, year-round.
The main attraction here is, of course, lobster. “We serve Maine lobster in July, August and September, when they are molting. The rest of the year, we prefer the larger Canadian lobster.” A direct draw system in the restaurant’s aquariums holds the lobsters in a constantly circulating natural seawater environment, which ensures peak flavor.
The bestseller is the Lobster Roll, an easy way to get a substantial lobster fix without any shell cracking or picking. It’s basically just chunks of sweet lobster meat moistened with a minimum of mayo. The lobster spills out of a hollowed-out roll. Overall, the menu is packed with New England flavors: whole lobsters, buckets of crabs, clams, crab cakes, scallops, shrimp, fish and chips, Lobster Mac and Cheese, New England Clam Chowder, Lobster Bisque (cream sauce laced with sherry wine and chunks of lobster), seafood combo platters, salads topped with lobster, crab, salmon and tuna and lots more.
“We serve a great Indian Pale Ale, brewed right next door at the Harpoon Brewery,” Pinto said. “It’s the perfect beverage to drink with seafood.” Of course, Sam Adams is also available.
The retail market sells various sizes of lobster, bulk lobster meat, shrimp, scallops, clams (steamers, littlenecks and cherrystones), Blue Point oysters and a vast selection of fish fillets. In less than 24 hours, the Yankee Lobster Company can deliver the “Taste of New England” to your door. This traditional New England Clambake includes live lobsters, fresh steamers, shrimp and creamy clam chowder — all in its own pot.