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Mar 30, 2011 07:15 AM

Suggestions for places serving Manhattan Clam Chowder?

In the mood for food - Manhattan Clam Chowder, to be precise. Anybody know of a good place?

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  1. I've seen it on occasion at Bread & Cie, but that's the only place I know of. Most places serve the gross New England one.

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    1. re: Josh

      'Gross New England one' r u 4 real? Do you even know what authentic NE chowda is?

      1. re: cstr

        A cream-laden gut-bomb, IMO. I prefer the lighter tomato broth of the Manhattan style by far.

        1. re: Josh

          Josh, you're sooo wrong, traditional chowdah is clam broth based, the only thickener, if you can call it that, comes from the starch in the diced potatoes which really doesn't thicken it all that much (still a very liquid broth) and is 'finished' with a small amount of cream. There's no rue or corn statch or any of that stuff that makes a chowdah like glop. You've probably never had real authentic chowdah so, I'd recommend, before you bash what you've never really tried, that you take a ride to the 'East Side', head up the coast and enjoy some real chowdah and when you there get some fried clams with belly's as well.

          1. re: cstr

  , I want a big bowl of chowda somewhere near the Cape, fried clam belly's and big ol' lobsta roll with mayo!

            1. re: Beach Chick

              Yeah me too, but I'll take my chubbies steamed by the bucket and my lobster naked. Turn me loose in all those no name seasonal lobster shacks up coast.
              I need a lobster festival road trip!

              1. re: Island

                Road trip!!, I'm for that, most of the clam shacks have been open for about a 3 weeks +/-. I could put all of you up easily, connections you know, about 20 minutes from Ipswich...nuff said. Island, you're from NE right?? Are you game?? Hey BC we'll throw in White Barn Inn or Neptune as well, can't do Locke Ober, temp closed. As for those non-shack places, I've been told I clean up nicely!

                1. re: cstr

                  Man, I would so love renting a home in Kennebunk or Truro for the month of Sept.
                  eating at every shack up and down the cape and up to Maine.
                  Eating blueberry pie, drinking Allagash on tap
                  We did that a couple years ago and LOVE the White Barn Inn..
                  Gotta stop at Fenway to see the NY/Red Sox game, eat oysters at Neptune's.
                  I'm a native SD but I so love the New England coast..

              2. re: Beach Chick

                Someone on another thread reported that there's a new place in the Henry's center in University City (at Regents and Governor, next to Starbucks): Bite of Boston. They reportedly make a pretty mean lobsta roll. (And those Ipswitch fried clams on the website home page look killer!)


      2. No flames... Anthony's Grotto Downtown in the bar has great Manhattan clam chowder with a bayfront to get their stuffed avocado with shrimp and touristy good!
        I think the Fish Market has the chowder but call to be sure..sit up at the oyster bar with some steamers, cheesy bread, bottle of wine and some oysters..

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        1. re: Beach Chick

          Anthony's Grotto Fish Market is a good choice. Good chowder and good view of the harbor.

        2. I believe Point Loma Seafood sells it, though I've never had it.

          Point Loma Seafoods
          2805 Emerson St, San Diego, CA 92106

          1. One of my favorite restaurants, Nugent's Firegrille in Scripps Ranch, has Manhattan clam chowder, although I haven't have it.

            Their regular clam chowder is good, though.

            1. The Fishery, in North PB.