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Aug 23, 2008 09:25 PM

Manhattan Clam Chowder: Better in the 'Burbs

Do you like Manhattan Clam Chowder? I fancy myself a connoisseur of the more rare and more red breed of clam chowder, ordering it almost any place I see it on a menu in hopes of finding the perfect bowl—from expensive steak houses in New York City to small seafood dives on the East End of Long Island (where I find it to be, ironically, far better than in Manhattan). I had that perfect bowl for lunch today, at the Greenport Tea Company. Located about as far east of Manhattan as you can get (next stop: Ireland?), this quaint little tea shop sells infusers and loose tea by the ounce but also serves a terrific lunch. I eat here about once a month, but today's soup took the gold medal. Every slurp was a delight! Fresh-tasting clams, with a perfectly spicy red base that wasn't watery. When I went to compliment chef Jenette, she said she hadn’t made it in two years. I begged her to make it a regular.

An added bonus is that your soup is served with their sinfully rich, melt-in-your-mouth corn bread. Even the small size soup is plentiful; the large coupled with the 2 thick slices of corn bread easily makes a meal.

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  1. That's a really interesting question. I'm a big fan of Manhattan clam chowder as well, but I haven't been overly impressed with Westchester's offerings. The best I've had was at the Beehive Restaurant in Armonk. Full of (seemingly fresh and definitely large) chunks of clam (unlike most places). They change the soup daily there, but they almost always have some soup offering with shellfish. I'm really curious to hear what everyone else says...

    Beehive Restaurant
    30 Old Route 22, Armonk, NY 10504

    1. If you go a little further east than Greenport, to 'Orient By the Sea', they have an award winning clam chowder. Their other food is also quite good. They adjoin the ferry dock, right on Main Road, Route 25.