Do you hear that?
The splashy rise and fall of salty East Coast tides. The titterings on Twitter over who will take home the bedazzled foam lobster claw. The squeaky dollop of cold mayo—or melted butter, not playing favorites here—massaged into freshly picked-over meat. And the instantaneous hunger pangs in every New Yorker's belly upon reading this.
It all means one thing, dear readers: Tickets are now on sale for 2015 Lobster Rumble NYC—and you're invited.
Tasting Table's sixth-annual all-you-can-eat lobster roll revelry goes down Thursday, June 4, from 7 to 10 p.m., at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Manhattan (125 W. 18th St.). This year, there are a whopping 25 contenders—meaning 25 lobster rolls with your name on them—and much, much more to crack into.
Tickets start at $165 + tax for general admission, which gets you unlimited lobster rolls, Stella Artois beer, wine, cocktails, endless bags of Kettle Brand Potato Chips and desserts from five local purveyors.
Or roll in like a lob-star by upgrading your ticket to VIP status at $265 + tax and get everything listed above, plus membership to the swanky VIP lounge doling out raw bar treats, exclusive early access starting at 6 p.m. and one pretty awesome gift bag with more than $165 worth of goodies.
And all this pure lobster roll bliss goes to a good cause: This event benefits longtime partner Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry® Campaign.
So ready yourself, lobster lovers, because this year's competition looks fierce. And you've got a lot of questions to answer.
Can last year's TT Fan Favorite Thames Street Oyster House out of Baltimore reclaim its mayo-shellacked glory? Or will newcomers like Atlanta's King + Duke and NYC's sizzling-hot Grand Banks steal the crustacean crown? Can Robert's Maine Grill out of Kittery, Maine, get its claws on another TT Editor's Choice Award win? Or will Lobster Rumble alums like Brooklyn's Red Hook Lobster Pound and Manhattan favorite Luke's Lobster hightail it to the top?
It's all in your butter-soaked hands, because you vote for the winner. So muse over Twitter with #lobsterrumble, eat all the lobster rolls and count down with us until the victors are announced at the end of the night.
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