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Sep 15, 2012 11:01 AM

Umberto's Clam House or...?

I'm looking for a really old-school place to get clams in garlicky red sauce, preferably in Manhattan. I've always been curious about Umberto's. Worth it? Any other suggestions? Thanks!

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  1. I prefer Vincents on Mott St. If you want some old time classics head out to City island. it's worth the trip.

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    1. re: bifpocaroba

      What restaurants would you recommend at City Island?

        1. re: RosalineS

          I've never had a good meal on City Island.

          1. re: foodwhisperer

            I have! But don't ask me where, I always get treated.

      1. I was just in the City over the weekend and was surprised to see Umberto's moved from their old location. How long ago did they move?

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        1. re: jrvedivici

          I don't know when they moved, but I wonder if somehow they took the bullet holes with them from when Joe Gallo was shot there. The bullet holes were a crowd getter and conversation piece. The only thing ever worth eating there were the scungilli, calamari, shrimp on a hard biscuit with hot sauce. Vincent's was better though. But Vincent's is not the same as it once was.
          For real old school , you might try Villa Mosconi

          1. re: jrvedivici

            You must have been away a long time my friend.....the present location opened in 2000.

            1. re: fourunder

              If you mean the one on Broome, it closed in 2010 ( jrvedivici's probably talking about the Umberto's that opened two years ago on Mulberry between Grand and Hester (

              1. re: squid kun

                I guess I was talking about the Old Old location and the spot on Broome....thanks for the correction and apparently it's me who's been away too long.

                1. re: squid kun

                  Thanks Squid you got it right for me. I was in Little Italy last weekend and I was a little caught off guard when I was at the old location and seeing the new sign on the building. '

                  Then as I walked down Mulberry I saw the new location which made me scratch my head, because it is much smaller and not as noticeable in my opinion.

                  I think closing Mulberry street was a great idea give people more room to roam, and it seemed much busier than I remember of past visits.

            2. This might not mean anything, but we went to Umbertos on Arthur Ave only because we didn't know that Zero Otto Nove closes between lunch and dinner, and it was pouring rain like a hurricane. Not impressed. They did sell a single meatball that was big enough to share, one friend got it and it was OK. My clams and oysters on the half shell were just OK, which is sad for a place that specializes in fish. Nobody got the pasta however.

              Oh well, I learned my lesson. I myself would search elsewhere.