These days, minor indulgences that don\u2019t break the bank are important.\u00a0 It doesn\u2019t get any better than a fresh, live lobsters off the boat\u00a0\u2013 but finding the best lobster in New York City can be tricky.\u00a0 The Big Apple is chock full of outstanding restaurants and fish markets, but where can a seafood lover find the best lobster at the most reasonable price?\u00a0 We investigated, and what we learned is that not all lobster joints are created equal.\u00a0 Here\u2019s a summary of what we learned. Where to find the best lobster in New York City? City Lobster and Steak Co. in Midtown West (121 W. 49th) is reasonably priced, considering its upscale Rockefeller Center location.\u00a0 At around $40 per plate, they serve a great salad and tasty calamari.\u00a0 The lobster, however, was less than tender.\u00a0 If you prefer a quieter ambiance, avoid City at mealtime; tourists regularly pack the place. Nick\u2019s Lobster Fish Market (2777 Flatbush Ave.) is a Brooklyn restaurant and fish market.\u00a0 In the past, Nick\u2019s has enjoyed a loyal following.\u00a0 Staff has changed, however, and the differences are evident.\u00a0 The calamari was on the greasy side, and the restaurant\u2019s lobster is filled with a \u201chomemade\u201d stuffing that may not suit your taste.\u00a0 There\u2019s a great 300+ gallon tank in the back from which to get lobster, but the prices are premium-level. Urban Lobster (240 E. Houston Ave.) provides lobster delivery to the Lower East Side\/Alphabet City areas.\u00a0 The staff is friendly and the side orders are mostly low-carb \u2013 a bonus for the diet-conscious.\u00a0 However, the quality is, well, delivery quality.\u00a0 Sometimes the containers are leaky, sometimes the food is bland.\u00a0 If you\u2019re hoping to enjoy a delicious lobster dinner at home, you might keep looking. Wild Edibles is an interesting concept.\u00a0 Their trifecta of locations includes an oyster bar (535 Third Ave.), their seafood market (Lexington Avenue at 43rd), and a wholesale store (2151 Borden Ave., Long Island).\u00a0 Wild Edibles, like Urban Lobster, offers delivery, but at much higher prices.\u00a0 The delivered lobster took over an hour, the lobster and sides weren\u2019t prepared as ordered, and the employees were surly.\u00a0 The dine-in service is similar:\u00a0 We waited 40 minutes for inattentive service.\u00a0 If you like paying top dollar to be ignored during your dining experience, this is the place for you. The East Village boasts Luke\u2019s Lobster (93 E. 7th).\u00a0 Prices are moderate and reasonable, with entrees ranging between $10 and $20 each.\u00a0 Luke\u2019s friendly, attentive staff serves a solidly good lobster roll, as well as several other interesting dishes.\u00a0 However, this establishment is tiny.\u00a0 Eight to ten seats occupy the dining area.\u00a0 Unless you\u2019re interested in picking up your food to go (ensuring it won\u2019t be hot by the time you get home), you\u2019ll probably have to wait quite a while to get a seat here. Ed\u2019s Lobster Bar (222 Lafayette St., Manhattan) serves fresh lobster and lobster rolls that taste fine, but at a price that would make even the most jaded Soho consumer blush.\u00a0 The word \u201cBar\u201d in the name is descriptive of the seating arrangement:\u00a0 stools are lined up at a bar for customers, such that all diners are facing a brick wall.\u00a0 If you\u2019re dining alone and are interested in spending large amounts, Ed\u2019s maybe be the place for you.\u00a0 If you have friends, family, a spouse or date, skip Ed\u2019s.\u00a0 It\u2019s neither conversation- or wallet-friendly. The best deal we found was LobsterAnywhere.com, which offers live Maine lobster delivered fresh to your door \u2013 or anywhere in the USA \u2013\u00a0 the next morning!\u00a0 Located in Maine (where all good lobster comes from), LobsterAnywhere.com gets their seafood directly from the Atlantic Ocean via trusted suppliers and ships it so it arrives at its peak freshness.\u00a0 In addition to whole lobster, this company offers lobster tails (in four different sizes), lobster meat and lobster rolls.\u00a0 Other shellfish, shrimp, chowder and starters are available for the full seafood experience.\u00a0 The prices are completely reasonable, and the result is a high-quality meal delivered to your door, fresh, the next morning.\u00a0 Try it!