New Lobster, Breakfast Specialty Restaurant Opening in Ridgewood

Located on Chestnut Street, "Wa Lobster Pot" will soon be offering lobster, pancakes and everything in between.

A new restaurant is arriving with what could be the most interesting dining combination in Ridgewood – top lobster specialties and hearty morning breakfasts. 

Scheduled to open late next week in the space that formerly housed Lisa's Turkish Kitchen, "Wa Lobster Pot" promises a variety of tasty food without pretention.

"It's comfortable, it's homey," said co-owner Isabella Han, a Ridgewood High School grad. "We're looking for a lot of word of mouth... You can come in for a lobster dinner or just have a cup of coffee." 

The restaurant opens at 6:30 a.m. on weekdays, offering omletes, pancakes, french toast, as well as coffee and espresso until noon. The breakfast prices are moderate – ranging from $3.25 for one egg with toast and home fries to $8.75 for lobster pancakes.

From noon until 10 p.m. seafood shines. On the menu is a lobster roll ($9.75 for a small), Alaska snow crab legs (market price), steamed clams ($9), steamed lobsters (between $14.75 for a single steamed lobster and $36.75 for three lobsters) and family package dinner specials. 

There are kids meals, salads and side dishes also available in the cozy-but-chic space. About 50 diners can be seated at Wa Lobster Pot.

The lobster-breakfast niche is an unorthodox combination, Han admits. But she believes the small business can pull it off. A good, affordable breakfast is still desired in town and there are few restaurants offering top-notch lobster, crab and clam combinations.

Wa Lobster Pot is located at 54 Chestnut Street. It's open from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Friday; 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday; and 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday.

Pickup orders are available and delivery might be a future option. They can be reached at 201-670-1266.

Kelly Zweig January 03, 2013 at 10:52 PM
Sounds yummy! lobster mac n cheese?
James Kleimann January 03, 2013 at 11:03 PM
I don't see that menu option, Kelly. But I agree; lobster mac n cheese would be great. Hopefully they give it a shot!
milly January 03, 2013 at 11:09 PM
check pics for menu....not best way to post but still somewhat wa-visable...
DHL January 04, 2013 at 12:21 AM
Does this place have a web site? Because I have heard that this internet thing is really taking off!
James Kleimann January 04, 2013 at 12:22 AM
I don't see one, DHL.
Mikka H January 04, 2013 at 01:11 AM
WTF? am I wrong or does the famous RAYMONDS serve breakfast? like, FRENCH TOAST ? who did the market research b4 opening this joint??? another ridgewood restaurant that came......and will be gone in 6/8 months because they can't turn enough tables to pay the high rent.....in the mean time the landlord collects and collects and collects because someone had a GREAT IDEA and deep pockets from their recent inheritance....! e gads people.....
RdgwdGRock January 04, 2013 at 01:31 AM
was hoping for another frozen yofurt shop
WoodMom January 04, 2013 at 04:41 AM
Some have not liked the Raymond's french toast (too buttery) or breakfast burrito (a little bland), maybe there is room for an alternative. The breakfast menu looks like it has more options, unless Raymond's has made modifications in the last 2 weeks. As with any new business, I wish it all the best and may your food and service meet customer expectations.
Brian January 04, 2013 at 01:31 PM
Interesting restaurant. I personally cheer for every small business that opens downtown. We now have 4 breakfast places in town, up from 2 a short time ago. Other places are also starting to jump on the brunch thing. It would be great if Ridgewood became a Saturday morning breakfast and shopping destination for the area. Sunday at least the bookstore and toy store could also participate. As a likely patron based on the menu, I suggest they do takeout as well for those lobster rolls. At 1/2 the price of the ones at East Coast it could be a good weeknight option. I would also cheer for some real vegetables (seasonal based on farmer's market?) which is generally lacking in town. Finally on the business side, I am not in the restaurant business but from what I can tell, appetizers, snacks and desserts are key to the bottom line. I strongly recommend that they come up with some appetizers and at least a burger option. As it stands this is a very particular menu for noon to close which requires you to have an entire party dedicated to eating lobster. A chicken cutlet, burger and meal sized mac n cheese wouldnt be hard to add.
News Man January 04, 2013 at 02:01 PM
A visable tank with a 'live lobster" selection for "Lobster Thermidor" would have a great appeal for me. Similar to a "Oceanos' preparation". A.Lobster lead on the menu could invite other fish dishes of interest.
Craig Hueneke January 04, 2013 at 02:12 PM
You can go there for Lobster Pancakes then shoot over to East Coast Burger for Lobster Ice Cream.. LOL! Actually excited about that place opening up! C
K&C January 04, 2013 at 02:13 PM
Do they offer a non-seafood dinner alternative?
D Taylor January 04, 2013 at 03:22 PM
A young entrepreneur, fantastic. Good luck Isabella Han. Ridgewood needs a good seafood restaurant.
News Man January 04, 2013 at 05:43 PM
A seafood restaurant like this one would be welcome, I'm sure. Click these LINKS for details on one in near by Maywood. http://seafood-gourmet.com and one with a video. http://seafood-gourmet.com/video.html Hope they all work for you.
News Man January 04, 2013 at 05:50 PM
PS: Correction on this one might be better. Click here: http://seafood-gourmet.com/Video.html .... good luck
Mikka H January 04, 2013 at 06:07 PM
Non-seafood alternative????????????? OMG.......yea, EAST COAST BURGER..... IT"S A SEAFOOD RESTAURANT....... and the prices look good....but that's what's going to kill em....you can't turn the tables fast enough let alone fill them and still pay for an overpriced space... good luck.....your gonna need it.......
jp1 January 04, 2013 at 07:08 PM
Mikka H, do you ever have anything pleasant to say or are you always miserable?
Craig Hueneke January 04, 2013 at 07:58 PM
Ms. Han.. don't pay any attention to people like this. Dealing with "nay-sayers" is all part of being a entrepreneur. You'll do just fine! Remember.. never be afraid to go out on a limb because that is where the fruit is. Mikka I don't know about you but I'd rather be the type of person who tries rather than be the person who sits on their ass and criticizes those trying. - Lighten Up. Geeze!
Mikka H January 04, 2013 at 09:11 PM
Sorry but the truth sometimes hurts.....mark my words...gone in less than a year...there is a hugh difference between being a smart business person and "trying"...I wish I had that type of disposable income to "try" opening a business.....in Ridgewood no less...the last person I knew whom "went out on a limb" because "that's where the fruit is" without knowing the market ended up with apple sauce .........
Elizabeth Cox January 04, 2013 at 09:53 PM
glad to see a new idea hit RWD/GR- glad it's not another burger place, yogurt place! can't wait to go- going to suggest as a girls night!
Laurie Goodman January 09, 2013 at 03:42 PM
Ssshhhh Seafood Gourmet is a secret treasure and hard enough to find a table some nights! That being said, I'm looking forward to trying this new place in Ridgewood. Good luck to the owners!
RidgewoodPatron January 16, 2013 at 09:07 PM
We were so excited to try this restaurant today and support on of our new local businesses. Unfortunately, we were sadly underwhelmed. Some basics were really good - the lobster bisque and the lobster omlette were both quite delicious. However, there were so many misteps along the way, both with the service and with our meals, that we did not enjoy our stay. The lunch server was entirely untrained and unprepared - she could not answer a single question about the menu (citing she had never tried any of the dishes), coffee was cold and came without a teaspoon, bisque arrived luke warm, fried potatoes on the side were raw in the middle and the final kicker was the steamed oysters. They were complimentary due to the grand opening, but came to our table seriously under-steamed. They stuck to the shell and were raw in the middle - entirely unedible and with a strong smell. We were the only patrons in the restaurant at the time and there was no adjustment to our bill. To address our concerns, the hostess referenced that the restaurant was new and they were still working out the 'kinks'. My suggestion is to figure them out quickly before it's too late.
frank milton January 28, 2013 at 02:52 PM
If a ridgewood graduate produced this menu full of typos and a confusing setup then i will be happy to send my kids to private school. Rather than buying an expensive POS invest in a properly printed menu and signage. If you can replace a printed sign on the storefront what is happening with highly perishable food in back? Seafood restaurant or breakfast place? Pick one or be ready to pick a new place to work when it closes. I am in the industry and this place looks extremely amateur, which is not something i want in a seafood establishment as they can kill patrons.
Mikka H January 29, 2013 at 03:18 AM
See my comments on 1/3 and 1/4......
Mikka H January 29, 2013 at 03:21 AM
what do you think Craig?


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