A lot of us make a New Year’s resolution to eat healthier. My resolution? Eat better. Which means not passing off frozen fish sticks as a honest-to-goodness seafood experience. So I packed up the fam and made a trip to Jack’s Lobster Shack, in Edgewater.
Featuring everything from an ocean of fresh fish to soft-shelled crab, clams, calamari, and, of course, lobster, Jack’s extensive menu is a seafood lover’s paradise. This place is like stepping into an authentic New England lobster joint—complete with an open lobster tank (the kids went crazy over it!), nautical decor, and recycled lobster crate ceilings.
After being seated by Jack’s friendly hostess, I decided to challenge the hubby to a delicious dare: a lobster roll throwdown! Jack’s offers both the traditional Maine style ($18.50), tossed with a touch of mayo and served with hand-cut potato chips, a pickle and coleslaw on a grilled top split bun, as well as Connecticut style ($18.50), served warm with butter and lemon on a grilled top-spilt bun. Both were filled with so many HUGE chunks of fresh, melt-in-your-mouth lobster, it was difficult to determine a winner.
Not feeling fishy? Jack’s also offers landlubber favorites like Chicken Strips with fries ($8.50); a Grilled Chicken Sandwich ($9) topped with lettuce, tomato, carmelized onions, and chipotle mayo, and the Philly Cheese Steak ($7.50), dripping with melted provolone.
Looking around, it was clear the word is out about Jack’s—the shack was jumping with an eclectic mix of families, singles, and locals. All in all, it’s a fun, family-style place that’s sure to fulfill all your seafood fantasies.
Carla Sullivan is the dining editor for Bergen Mama and the founder of nyc dining resource Minimunchers.com, she resides in Ridgewood with her husband and 3 kids.Jack’s Lobster Shack
1040 River Road, Edgewater 201-244-2808 BYO Open 7 days a week, 11am-10pm