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Jan 8, 2007 09:37 PM

Best Fried Clams/Calamari in Brooklyn?

Hi folks,

Wondering if you have any favorites for either fried clams/calamari in Brooklyn? I've had a myriad of calamari from Thai, Peruvian and American joints, but none that really stand out in my mind.

I haven't had good fried clams in Brooklyn in forever. Last I had them were at the old Bar Minnow - and we all know where that place went.

Any favs out there?

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  1. For calamari in Brooklyn, go to Randazzo's on Emmons Avenue in Sheepshead Bay and get the hot sauce. It's one of the last of the old time resturants still there. The other stuff is hit or miss, but the calamari, and the hot sauce--covering a piece of crusty bread is pure heaven.

    The sauce is so good, my friends and I used to go there "bread and gravy" a couple of pieces of hard bread smothered in the sauce....I'm gaining 5 lbs just thinking about it.

    Randazzo's Clam Bar
    2023 Emmons Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11235

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    1. re: MrsT

      I live 2 blocks away from Randazzo's, I've lived here my entire life and I can honestly say that Randazzo's is entirely overrated. While once upon a time it may have been excellent, that was not in my 30 years of living. While they have a phenominal sauce, the calamari itself is chewy and pretty tough to swallow, not to mention the $12 for a container that has most of its room taken up with bread. Their former neighbor Captain Walters, had phenominal calamari but unfortunately they are no longer in business.

      1. re: Laurac1210

        I agree Laurac1210. I went this weekend, and found it entirely overrated - underseasoned and small for 10.95. Anywhere else you can recommend in the area? It's so frustrating that I'm pretty resigned to just getting out the fryer and making it myself.

    2. I enjoy Frost Rest in Willamsburg for Fried Calamari with hot sauce.

      193 Frost St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

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      1. If you're in the 64th Street area, go to Fort Hamilton Parkway for ROCCO's CALAMARI and try the eponymous...then set your sights and tastebuds on 14th Avenue and ROYAL CROWN MAGNIFICO, which, IMHO, takes fried calamari to the high water mark...and, of course, it's served with a generous hunk of their phenomenal bread.

        Rocco's Calamari
        6408 Fort Hamilton Pkwy, Brooklyn, NY 11219

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        1. re: Mike R.

          I second Mike R's recc. Rocco's has so much fun food!
          And Royal Crown's bread makes for the best sandwiches....
          Either, or both are great choices. Sweet sauce for me, please!

          1. re: Tay

            Come to think of it, serious CH'ers could make a whole day's journey along the 65th Street corridor, go no more than three or four blocks in either direction and get their hands and teeth into Rocco's (Ft. Hamilton), Royal Crown (14th Ave.-both locations), World Tong/Dim Sum(18th Ave.), Spartan/Greek (8th Ave.), Three Guys from Brooklyn/Produce (Ft. Hamilton), Sun Ming Gee (6th Ave.), Park Asia (8th), Pasta Fresca/Italian incl. fresh mozzarella & Faicco's Pork Store (11th Ave.), Ortobello's/family-style (Bay Parkway)...with a quick detour to Coluccio's grocery on 60th near 12th Ave.

            (Feel free to insert your own 65th Street faves here!)

            Bring money, shopping bags and a note pad.

            1. re: Mike R.

              Mike, You really put together a top shelf list. The best part may well be that it doesn't require getting anywhere near Park Slope. I think it would have to be spread out over a couple of weekends. Sort of ann ambulatory road trip and a great way to walk off all those calories.
              I didn't know Royal Crown had 2 locations in Brooklyn.
              We have one out here on Hylan Blvd. Outstanding sandwiches.
              Thanks for the "food route"...

                1. re: Mike R.

                  Mike R. Don't know if you're still reading chowhound, but you rule! for appreciating the diversity of my neighborhood. I don't suppose you remember Top Tomato on 65th & 13?

                  I'd like to add two Chinese supermarkets: Great Wall Supermarket on 67th and Fort Hamilton or Fei Long Market on 63rd and 8th.

                  Great Wall Supermarket
                  6722 Fort Hamilton Pkwy, Brooklyn, NY 11219

                  Fei Long Market
                  6301 8th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11220

                  1. re: funniduck

                    Still reading? Youbetcha.

                    I recall Top Tomato's all over town...spent a lot of time in high school hanging around 18th Avenue and Bay Parkway. Da Vinci Pizza, right?

                    Da Vinci Pizzeria
                    6514 18th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11204

                    1. re: Mike R.

                      But Michael, how could you not feed your fans by updating your list with East Harbor Seafood Palace (Chinese) at 65th and Seventh Ave.!

                      East Harbor
                      714 65th St, Brooklyn, NY 11220

              1. re: Mike R.

                I went online and saw no calamari on Royal Crown's menu so I called last night (Thursday) and they told me that fried calamari was only on Fridays. Went for lunch today and no fried calamari--They told me then that it's only for dinner (after 5PM) on Fridays. So that's the deal. Nevertheless had a fantastic lunch. A Prosciutto w/ Fresh Mozzarella sandwich and pasta w. sausage and broccoli rabe. Fantastic breads as mentioned

              2. i'm also a big fan of calamari too, and i think u might wanna to try this new restaurant in bay ridge, it's called mythai cafe, at 7803 3rd ave between 78th & 79th st. i always order calamari in every restaurant i go to, because i love calamari more than my gf, lol (just kidding, j.). anyway it was battered with a bit seasoning, slightly battered though, very crispy but not hard, not greasy at all, they have some kind of clear sauce comes with it too, which is slightly spicy but it really goes well with the calamari as well. & it only costs like 5 bucks, great potion too.

                1. Also, I swear (although I haven't been in a while), Casa Calamari serves an incredibly tender version. They have 2 locations, but the one on 3rd and 86th right on the corner I believe is better. Excellent checkered tablecloth style pasta as well.

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                    1. re: rootytootyfreshnfrooty

                      Casa Calarmari rocks(ed). Have not been in some time.

                      The sandwich place on 4th Ave and 9th Street makes a calamari hero that is amazing. (They probably will sell you a to go tin as well.)