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Where to buy Cockles

eateat22 Nov 29, 2012 12:23 AM

folks - are there any places in manhattan or queens that one can buy cockles (small clams)? Everybody seems to be selling the larger variety


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  1. erica RE: eateat22 Nov 29, 2012 04:22 AM

    Eataly and the Lobster Place in Chelsea Market would be good places to look. Also try Chinatown markets. And Citarella.

    You can certainly find gorgeous small vongole imported from Italy, and probably berberechos/cockles as well, in the Bronx at Randazzo's, and probably at the other Arthur Avenue fish markets as well. Randazzo's is well worth a trip to that area.

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      erica RE: erica Nov 29, 2012 02:07 PM

      I checked for you: The 6th Avenue Citarella has New Zealand cockles today, for $7.99 per pound.

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        MVNYC RE: erica Nov 30, 2012 09:15 AM

        Definitely cheaper at Randazzos. I get them there a lot

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        JungMann RE: erica Nov 30, 2012 11:18 AM

        The quality of cockles at the Chinatown fishmongers is unreliable. I try to get mine at Fairway when I see them.

      3. NE_Wombat RE: eateat22 Nov 29, 2012 07:18 AM

        Sorry - I inadvertently posted this.

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          cath RE: eateat22 Nov 29, 2012 01:51 PM

          I've bought them several times at Whole Foods in Tribeca. They don't always have them so I'd call to check.

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            eateat22 RE: cath Nov 29, 2012 02:11 PM

            what helpful responses - chowhound never fails to amaze me

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              small h RE: cath Dec 3, 2012 03:33 PM

              Whole Foods Union Square has them today, $8/lb.

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              sushiman RE: eateat22 Nov 30, 2012 08:46 AM

              Grand Central food court, Wild Edibles. Or their store.

              1. MVNYC RE: eateat22 Nov 30, 2012 09:14 AM

                Molly Malone sells them

                1. ttoommyy RE: eateat22 Nov 30, 2012 10:40 AM

                  Eataly has had them every time I've been in there. Can't recall a price though.

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                    erica RE: ttoommyy Dec 2, 2012 04:41 AM

                    I saw what look to me like cockles (although they were labeled "vongole") at Cosenza, on Arthur Avenue yesterday. Priced at $5.99 per pound. You cannot beat those AA fish markets for price and variety.

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