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chefcman Oct 18, 2006 01:22 PM

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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    Manhattan4Life Oct 18, 2006 01:53 PM

    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.

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      Yaxpac Oct 18, 2006 02:42 PM

      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
        Manhattan4Life Oct 18, 2006 03:50 PM

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

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        Yaxpac Oct 19, 2006 06:26 PM

        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.

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          gjetost Oct 20, 2006 07:13 AM

          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.


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            Manhattan4Life Oct 20, 2006 02:19 PM

            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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              kenito799 Oct 23, 2006 03:03 PM

              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.

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                Yaxpac Oct 24, 2006 06:19 PM

                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 you...you might as well get a box of Gorton's.

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                  kenito799 Oct 24, 2006 06:37 PM

                  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...

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              FAL Oct 20, 2006 07:50 PM

              Try Louie'ss Sea foud rest in Pt Washington NY

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                LHT Oct 27, 2006 05:23 PM

                Louies in Pt Wash really went downhill in my opinion after the recent renovation. Yes, the atmosphere is much improved, but food just isn't the same. I even miss the kitsch of the old place.

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                Hazel Oct 27, 2006 06:33 PM

                Does anyone have an opinion on Steamer's Landing? Someone at work raved about it and I'm wondering of it's worth the trip from Manhattan.


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                  Zbraspear Dec 9, 2006 09:06 PM

                  If you're north of New Haven, I recommend Bill's Seafood in Clinton. I've enjoyed the food the four times I've been there, but I especially like the outdoor deck which overlooks an inlet.

                  Down the road is "The Place" in Guilford. It has a huge outdoor grill and serves all sorts of grilled or steamed and raw seafood. It is all outdoors under the trees and table umbrellas. I'm not sure of the fried food put it sure is fun there.

                  During the warmer months, visit Seaside Johnny's in Rye -- very close to Rye Playland -- voted best seafood/family/fried food in a Journal News poll in the past couple years. Cash only.

                  Happy dunking

                  1. ballulah Dec 9, 2006 09:24 PM

                    There is a spot near South Street Seaport that used to serve the most delicious "buckets" of fried seafood (clams, oysters, shrimp, calamari) that I've ever had. Great pitchers of beer too, can't find too many places in Manhattan that serve pitchers. I say used to, because I haven't been in about a year or so. I wish I could remember the name! It's right up against the south side of the Brooklyn Bridge one block west of the East River, a little out of the way from the really tourist-y spots, but not entirely removed from it. It's a huge converted warehouse with concrete floors and folding chairs and tables and big screen TVs showing every conceivable game all over the walls. I can't imagine that it would be enjoyable on a Friday/Saturday night, but I've been late on a Sunday afternoon and had a blast. Rumor is it used to be a longshoremen's hangout. Not sure about the quality of the fish since the Fish Market moved, but it might be worth a try.

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                      Zbraspear Dec 17, 2006 05:46 PM

                      The place you are refering to in the South Street area is called Jermey's Ale House, now relocated just down the street to 228 Front Street, New York, NY 10038 · (212) 964-3537, http://www.jeremysalehouse.com/.

                      I highly recommend the fried calamari, a 32oz bucket of Bass and especially, the clam chowder.

                      They also have a location on Long Island in Freeport on The Nautical Mile which has many seafood restaurants including Otto's, which is quite popular and often featuring live music on summer weekends

                      Jeremy's Ale House
                      in Freeport, Long Island
                      is now open on the "Nautical Mile" at
                      239 Woodcleft Avenue.
                      Phone: 516.623.0204

                      Happy Trails

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                        minimill23 Dec 21, 2006 06:14 PM

                        I can't believe you haven't hear of Peal Oyster Bar in NYC. It is one of THE BEST places for seafood. They have the best fried oysters with out- of- this- world homemade tartare sauce and everything else is really good there as well they are also known for their excellent lobster rolls too. You HAVE to try it.

                        One bad thing is kinda small place and really long lines but SOOO worth it!!!

                        PEARL OYSTER BAR

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                          chefcman Dec 22, 2006 12:35 PM

                          of course i know of pearl oyster bar however it is a little expensive compared to the other places and even though we love the city i would rather go to new england on a road trip

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