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?
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.