The $7.50 Lobster Roll

…and other briny decliciousness to catch at the Nova Scotia Lobster Festival in NYC, kicking off today

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You wouldn't think that in the great Summer of Recession, lobster would be a hot item on city menus -- nevertheless, the Patina Restaurant Group is boldly declaring it lobster season, adding Nova Scotia lobster specials to the offerings at its dozen restaurants citywide. Here are four dishes we'll be sampling before summer's out (the fest wraps in September):

1. At Midtown's Brasserie, a simple lobster bisque has its ante upped with a dollop of Meyer lemon whipped cream. ($11)

2. The Metlife Building's outpost of Cucina & Co. has a crisped lobster roll with cucumber salad and green papaya for a jaw-dropping $7.50. Get two.

3. The Rock Center Café's lobster bake pairs a 2-lb. lobster (bear in mind Nova Scotia's bugs boast more meat per pound than their Maine counterparts) with andouille sausage, corn on the cob, boiled potatoes and butter -- sweet, sweet butter. The whole thing is a steal at $29.

4. The Sea Grill's whole lobster is grilled, of course, and comes with Portuguese sausage, white beans and Swiss chard, as a nod to East Coast fishing's early Portuguese roots. ($38)

For menus and reservations, head to the Nova Scotia Lobster Festival website.

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