Jordans Lobster Dock in Sheepshead Bay has announced on its website that for the first time in its 40-year history (actually the business first started on Bleecker Street in 1938 before moving to Brooklyn), its serving lobsters at cost. The recent snow storms left the wholesale operation with 5,000 pounds of inventory to clear out, and were told one-and-a-quarter-pound lobsters can be taken away for $12 a pop, live or steamed (according to the website, larger lobsters are going for $6.99 per pound compared to $15.99 per pound at Nicks Lobster in nearby Mill Basin). If you havent experienced Jordans, youll want to get there before the deal expires at the end of the month. Before the likes of Lukes Lobster, Dr. Claw, and Red Hook Lobster Pound hit the scene, Jordans was the inspiration for the 2005 indie flick Brooklyn Lobster, starring Danny Aiello, presented by Martin Scorcese, and written and directed by Kevin Jordan based on his familys attempt to save the business from foreclosure as it struggled to open a restaurant annex (see trailer below).
According to the movies production notes, Bill Jordan, the lobster king of New York, was the first to air-ship lobsters packed in barrels of seaweed and is responsible for the glass lobster tanks found in local supermarkets today. The restaurant annex never opened and the operation is now sandwiched between a TGI Fridays and a Cold Stone Creamery, but its lighthouse and 25-year-old giant fisherman statue still stand tall, and you can still enjoy one of the citys cheaper lobster rolls in a small seating area in front of the wholesale shop, or at a few outdoor picnic tables when the weathers nice. Have we mentioned how much we really want it to be summer? Or maybe we should just thank the slushy streets for these $12 lobsters.