Row 34 has gotten creative, splitting itself into two new entities: market-style “Row at Home” and “The Window at Row 34.” From Thursday through Saturday, Row at Home sells DIY Lobster Roll Kit, Clam Chowder, and Lobster Tortellini, along with fresh seafood to cook at home and pantry items. The Window, which draws inspiration from the classic New England seafood shack, will serve ready-to-eat dishes like Beer Battered Fish and Chips, Fried Clams, Fried Oysters, and the hot and cold iterations of the restaurant’s lobster roll between 12 and 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
Where to Get Seafood To-Go During the Coronavirus Era
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Summertime in New England is synonymous with seafood, and 2020 doesn’t need to be an exception. Beloved restaurants like Row 34 and Saltie Girl are pivoting to takeout, and local suppliers like Red’s Best and Island Creek Oysters are prepared to hook you up with the freshest and the best. From fried clams to live lobster, you’ll find no shortage of local seafood at the spots below.
From Tuesday through Saturday, revisit Select Oyster Bar via a takeout menu that can be ordered online and picked up at its nearby sister restaurant, Grand Tour. The shortened menu features dishes like Spanish Octopus with blistered sugar snap peas, Swordfish with harissa and yogurt, and Maine Lobster served in-shell with brown butter. While you’re at it, take a peek at Select’s wine selection, which is being sold at near-retail prices.
James Hook & Co.
Urban lobster shack James Hook & Co. remains open for takeout, selling everything from a range of lobster rolls to Lobster Macaroni and Cheese to Whoopie Pies. You can also pick up a live-and-kicking crustacean to cook later.
Cusser's Roast Beef & Seafood
Cusser’s—which draws inspiration from North Shore-style roast-beef-and-seafood shacks and operates via a takeout window in Bay Village—hasn’t had to change a thing about its business model. Drop by to find beer-battered Fish Tacos, Swordfish Souvlaki, and two interesting Lobster Roll options: hot with a red wine butter sauce or cold with tarragon mayo. Note to landlubbers: The hearty roast beef sandwiches aren’t to be missed, either.
Island Creek Oysters
Fenway’s Island Creek Oyster Bar remains closed, but you can order their famed bivalves—and much more—direct from the source via Island Creek Oysters. Visit the Duxbury-based oyster farm’s website to purchase Island Creeks, Row 34s, Aunt Dottys and more varieties, plus vital equipment including oyster knives, shucking gloves, and Row 34 Hot Sauce. Those looking to get a little fancy can also order tins of Island Creek’s White Sturgeon Caviar.
Local seafood purveyor Red’s Best is selling fresh fish for pick-up at its Boston Fish Pier headquarters on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. The selection—which changes weekly but may include skate filet, fresh scallops, live lobsters, and more—can be found online.
During select times Wednesday through Sunday, Back Bay’s favorite pint-sized seafood purveyor is serving a special menu via takeout and delivery that includes its Gloucester Lobster Roll, Fried Ipswich Clams, Fish & Chips, and Clam Chowder by the cup, bowl, or quart. Saltie Girl’s renowned (and highly portable) tinned fish list is also available, should you wish to snack on Portuguese squid in a spiced ragout sauce or Spanish mussels in olive oil and vinegar.