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Best Linguine with White Clam in Manhattan?

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I'd like to hear people's recs for good (maybe great?) linguine with white clam sauce in Manhattan. I'm of the opinion that for outside of Manhattan, Don Peppe in Queens is the best (been there many times).

I've had it a couple of times at Babbo and it's just OK. Thanks.

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  1. I just had a great one at Emilio's Ballato.

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    Emilio's Ballato
    55 E Houston St, New York, NY 10012

    1. Don Peppe's is my favorite. Ennio and Michael's was in their league but they are closed. Emilio Ballato's as someone recommended is OK, but not like Don Peppe. Sorry there is nothing in Manhattan is as good. Villa Mosconi has a decent linguini with clam sauce. You won't find anything like the Chinese Chicken in manhattan either, and Don Peppe's seafood salad is the best.
      With Aqueduct's casino open, I bet Don Peppe's is even more packed. For those that don't know Don Peppe's, it is the first "family style" restaurant I know of. Originally at City Line, for years now on Lefferts in Ozone Park. Frequented by horse trainers , jockeys, people in the know. Including the GoodFellas portrayed in the movie. They used to have a restaurant in Saratoga Springs NY only open in August ( horse racing season). Great people watching place

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      Emilio's Ballato
      55 E Houston St, New York, NY 10012

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      1. re: foodwhisperer

        Don't give everything away, foodwhisperer! jk. Well, it was also featured in a storyline on Entourage as well. There's plans to open a DP in Meatpacking, but I probably wouldn't go there that often (though I do enjoy a MP night, say 2-3 times a year).

        Yea, for me, it's worth the 1 hour trip to Queens from Manhattan (with traffic) to eat there. I just wish there was something even 70% as good in Manhattan that I can frequent a little more often.

      2. In case Linguine with White Clam Sauce in Manhattan but not at a restaurant would do, I recommend the excellent fish market Pisacane Seafood. I called recently and was advised it is not always available; I was offered a call when it would next be made. They phoned the following week, I retrieved the sauce, added it to linguine and the results were delicious.

        Pisacane Seafood, 940 First Avenue near 52nd St, 212-752-7560, M-F 8-6, Sa 8-4:30. Next door is Ideal Cheese, also worth a visit.

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        Ideal Cheese Shop
        942 1st Ave, New York, NY 10022

        Pisacane
        940 1st Ave, New York, NY 10022