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selizara Jul 10, 2006 05:44 PM

Is there anywhere in Manhattan that has whole-belly fried clams that are worth eating? I am NOT looking for clam strips (ew.) I am looking for good, Ipswich-style fried clams for a homesick New Englander.

  1. bigmackdaddy Oct 7, 2007 04:57 PM

    Good luck. I've been to Ed's, Mary's, GCOB, City Island, Bigelow's, etc., all of which have Ipswiches, none of which know how to cook them. Bland fritters. Maine is the place.

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      ricky7 Oct 7, 2007 07:48 PM

      had some pretty good fried clams at ditch plains.

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        PhishFoodie Oct 7, 2007 08:39 PM

        maybe Lure?

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          Lucia Oct 8, 2007 07:56 AM

          My last time there clams were all greasy batter, no clams.

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        heavyj Oct 7, 2007 03:50 PM

        Ed's Lobster down at Lafayette has super big bellies.

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          djk Jul 20, 2006 05:24 PM

          tides on norfolk just above delancey has a great app of fried oysters and fried clams. really light and tasty batter too.....

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            stuartlafonda Jul 20, 2006 07:37 PM

            I was at Tides about two weeks ago and had a really good meal. I ordered the fried oyster/clams and while I enjoyed it, the oysters were special, the clams, not so much. I still would go with mary's for fried belly clams.

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            selizara Jul 20, 2006 05:20 PM

            Just wanted to update: the fried clams at GC Oyster Bar were terribly dissapointing. Tiny bellies, extremely dissapointing batter (more like what you would fry zucchini slices in if you were a cheap pizza joint.) Just tasteless all around.

            Anyway, to summarize: still looking for excellent full-belly fried clams. No clam strips need apply.

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              Squirrel Jul 13, 2006 01:14 PM

              Gotta say I'm a huge fried clam fan...and stuartlafonda couldn't had it more right, Bigelows in Rockville Center's dare I say the best in NY state...but for the city I've found them at Fresh (sandy), Grand Central Oyster Bar (good), Cellar Bar ($$$), Mary's Fish Camp(solid) & Docks (eh) . I think that's all I've tried in the city but you can goto www.menupages.com and do a "find-a-food" search. Good luck & happy Clamming!

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                selizara Jul 13, 2006 03:15 PM

                Thanks for the rec about the Oyster Bar. I work right near there but have never tried anything other than the oysters!

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                  Squirrel Jul 20, 2006 09:38 PM

                  The sad truth is you're going to have to leave the city if you want really good bellies...the closest place is Bigelow's in Rockville Center.

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                antjones9 Jul 12, 2006 11:19 PM

                I second Mary's Fish Camp! I must advise, they don't take reservations and the lines are long. Worth the wait!

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                  Blumie Jul 10, 2006 09:33 PM

                  Haven't tried them, but they're on the menu downstairs at BLT Fish, too.

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                    stuartlafonda Jul 10, 2006 08:58 PM

                    Mary's Fish Camp, among the many things they do well are fried belly clams. If you ever get out to Long Island, Bigelows in Rockville Center just off Sunrise highway does great fried belly clams.

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                      anon646 Jul 20, 2006 09:08 PM

                      I second Mary's Fish Camp. Does Pearl's have it too?!?

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