Lobster Joint Jumps Into the Fray on Houston Street

photo(342)Daniel Maurer Lobster Joint’s Rockaway location.

Here’s more evidence of the East Village-Rockaway and the East Village-Greenpoint-Williamsburg dining continuums – oh, and a Lower East Side oyster trend.

Lobster Joint, which opened in Greenpoint last year and set up a concession stand in Rockaway Beach this summer, wants to sink its claws into the home of French bistro Lina Frey on East Houston Street.

Yesterday afternoon the seafood spot’s owner, lifelong Greenpointer Thomas Chabrowshi, chased local residents through a sea of tourists standing in front of Katz’s. He was looking for their support in the transfer of a liquor license at 201 East Houston Street, near Ludlow Street.

So how will Lobster Joint fit in among the new wave of New England lobster shacks such as the recently opened Grey Lady a couple of blocks south, on Delancey Street? “We’re like a family restaurant, casual, pitchers [of beer],” said Mr. Charbrowski. Grey Lady, meanwhile, is a sit-down restaurant with $13 cocktails; a takeout cafe is attached to the main space.

Besides, said Mr. Charbrowski, Lobster Joint’s menu goes beyond just New England. “We have daily specials that rotate – it’s always something different, like spaghetti and meatballs, everything, whatever the chef feels like making,” he said, referring to executive chef Justin Ernsberger, formerly of Williamsburg’s Walter Foods and the East Village’s own Mermaid Inn.

Of course, the lobstah trend isn’t that new. Lobster Joint aims to open up almost directly across from where Urban Lobster closed in 2009.

This post has been revised to reflect the following correction. 

Correction: Sept. 21, 2012

The original version of this post misstated the price of cocktails at the Grey Lady. They are $13, not $18.