Lobster is cheaper and more plentiful than usual, and yet the lobster roll is still a high-priced item, says this article that seems to focus on the price of lobster in New York City.
But I ask you: who on earth buys a lobster roll in New York City?
A slice of pizza, yes. A kosher hot dog or a bagel, mais oui.
But do not get a lobster roll in New York City for whatever foolish price the article lists.
Ah, lobster! It is best enjoyed locally, and by “locally” I mean that the general Boston area and perhaps Cape Cod and its environs are about as far south as you (or they) should journey, even in this age of near-instantaneous food transportation. And IMHO (and I will probably get a great deal of flak for this) a lobster roll is not the way to go, although I admit it has ease of consumption going for it. I prefer to work for my lobster meat, and I prefer the plain boiled New England wrestle-it-out-of-the-shell-with-a-lobster-cracker (or, if it’s soft-shell season, with your own two hands) method. Eat plain or with perhaps a teeny bit of butter, and that’s it.