The sun has finally decided to come out in New York City and it’s time to call up the friends that you haven’t seen in months because of hibernation season and invite them to meet up for dinner and happy hour. Since you only have a few months of true sunshine, you better make it count. One of the best restaurants in New York City to enjoy sunshine, escape from the busy streets of the city and relax with friends as if you’ve traveled to your favorite island is Lolo’s Seafood Shack. Lolo’s uniquely creates and serves a variety of seafood and Caribbean food of the Cape. Their menu includes everything from deliciously fried conch fritters to jerk ribs. But, before you put your food order in, order the Lolo’s Punch and mention Simplypamarie for a large Lolo’s Punch for only $5 (available in April only.) Now you’re ready to eat!
When you enter Lolo’s Seafood Shack you’re greeted by a warm staff who is always happy to see you. You then place your order and find a seat. The reason I point this out is because behind the front doors of Lolo’s is an unexpected island adventure. You can choose to sit inside at their cozy bench tables and semi-private room or you can venture outside to my favorite area, The Lolo’s Cabana and Beach Bar. Yes, there is a beach bar in Harlem, who would’ve known. The outdoor area of Lolo’s Seafood Shack stays open year round. During the winter, there is a heated shack that provides an island vibe and during the summer you’ll be kissed by direct sunlight.
So now you’re sipping Lolo’s Punch, you’ve decided to sit close to the Beach Bar to keep the drinks coming, you’re catching up with your friends on everything you’ve missed in the past months, the music is good but most importantly, what did you order? The great thing about Lolo’s is that you can order to share, so order everything so that you can taste it all. I highly recommend the Belizean Conch Fritters, Corn on the Cob and Cotija Cheese and the Johnny Cakes and Honey Butter to have on the table for everyone to dig in. As an individual meal, I of course ordered the Snow Crab Legs with Garlic Butter and Old Bay and finished every morsel. I have also tried the Crab Cakes and Garlic Fries, Peel and Eat Shrimp and the Crispy Shark and Bake which are all absolutely amazing. By the way, Lolo’s provides bibs and gloves so that you can enjoy your food without concern that the butter from your crab legs is dripping down your arm. So order another round of Lolo’s Punch and eat up because Lolo’s Seafood Shack has you covered.
Location: Lolo’s Seafood Shack 303 W. 116th St. New York, NY 10026
Type of Food: Caribbean Seafood
Ambiance: Island Colorful Fun Vibes
Drink Special: $5 Large Lolo’s Punch when you mention Simplypamarie
Stars (Out of 5): *****