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Mar 20, 2000 12:00 PM

fried whole belly clams

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I had the most delicious fried whole belly clams on a recent trip to Mystic, CT. Where do they serve fried whole belly clams in New York City or surrounding borroughs?

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  1. Several places in the city serve them, but none of them seem to be very good. Search for "fried clams" (without the quotes) in the Search box on the Chowhound main page, and you'll find a number of discussion threads. Then, follow each thread up and down to read all the messages, since the search engine doesn't always present its results in the most logical order.

    PLEASE: If you find good clams, let the rest of us know!

    Where did you eat clams in Mystic? Was it that ice-cream stand along route 1?

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    1. re: AHR

      The place in Mystic is called Sea Swirl. I think it is the ice cream stand on Route 1.

      1. re: cindy

        Yup, that's what I was thinking of. Thanks.

        BTW, on the way back from Mystic to the city, you might stop in Madison at the Clam Castle or Lenny & Joe's. Both are also self-serve.

    2. Check out Gage & Tollner in Brooklyn (it's listed in the phone book). Had the BEST clam bellies there. They were not fried but I'm sure they make 'em fried there, too. Also, excellent she-crab soup.
      It was years ago so I hope this beautiful old restaurant is still good.

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      1. re: Jessica S.

        Yup, Gage & Tollner is still there, and the food is excellent. Yes, they have fried whole clams, and great fried oysters.

        NYC prices and portions tho'. Not like Cape Cod (where whole bellies are becoming more expensive every year--often a fried whole clam roll costs more than a lobster roll).


      2. OK, strictly speaking it's not within the 5 boroughs, but superb clams can be found in Nassau County at Bigelow's in Rockville Center, which is on the East side of Long Beach Road, just South of Sunrise Highway. I've made many a worthwhile trip there from Queens.