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Oct 18, 2006 01:22 PM

fried seafood

my wife and i regularly take a long drive to either mass or ct from westchester for great fried clams and shrimp

where in the nyc metro area can i get this?

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  1. If you're looking for that seaside vibe for fried seafood here in NYC your best bet would be City Island. 50% Bronx, 50% Northeastern fishing village.

    1. I was rather disappointed with the restaurants on City Island. The seafood tastes like the stuff you get at the San Gennaro fest...second rate at best.

      I think that Bigelow's Fried Clam shack on Long Island is much better than anything on City Island. They import their clams daily from Ipswich and you can get the whole belly clams as opposed to just the strips. The shrimp are good too...

      Great description with pictures here:

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      1. re: Yaxpac

        Where did you eat on City Island that you were so dissapointed in? I think there is a range there as there is anywhere.

      2. i forget the names of the places...but on 3 separate occasions at 3 different restaurants I found the fish to be subpar. It seemed like it was all frozen.

        1. I don't like City Island's restos much. If I want fried seafood, I go to a southern place like amy ruth's or else to Mary's fish camp.


          1. I think City Island certainly has it's own charms and should be appreciated for what it is. I've had some good lobsters at the Lobster House. There is a place at the other end of the island that is more of a fried fish stand like you'd see in beach towns.

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            1. re: Manhattan4Life

              Johnny's Reef at the far end of the island, on the left. Huge piles of fried seafood...I love the scallops, fish, and lobster tails. The broiled fish is good too. Sitting outside at a picnic table with cans of Corona surrounded by huge Bronx families and kids throwing french fries to the seagulls is one of the best NYC experiences.

              1. re: kenito799

                I gotta say Johnny's Reef one of the places I tried...even gave it a second shot. The seafood tasted frozen. Aside from the seagulls crapping on might as well get a box of Gorton's.

                1. re: Yaxpac

                  those WIRES keep them from crapping on you...never have I been crapped upon. Nor my food. I still like those scallops, frozen or not...