Food & Drink

The Clam Restaurant Is a Reason to Open Up

The West Village gets a serious seafood haunt

the clam!

Currently associated with clams: chowder, shacks, awkward handshakes.

Forget all that and head to The Clam, a new seafood spot from chef/owner Mike Price (Market Table) and partner Joey Campanaro (The Little Owl), which opened yesterday in the West Village.

Price’s vision (an homage to his native Maryland) takes the East Coast classic up a notch with plates starring both chopped and whole clams. But mollusks for a main attraction are not the only way the restaurant differentiates itself: The elegant yet cozy space (with a mother-of-pearl ceiling) is a step above its casual counterparts (think: Mary’s Fish Camp, The Mermaid Oyster Bar).

Settle in for cherrystone stuffies (pancetta, trinity, lemon) loaded with buttery breadcrumbs or the belly clam roll with lobster remoulade and Old Bay chips. Steamed littlenecks in broth are a lighter option. Not crazy about clams? Go for whole winter flounder drizzled with pistachio pesto and served with beluga lentils, bacon, and butternut squash or for the Prime Angus steak with Yorkshire pudding and glazed onions.

the clam!

For dessert, opt for the coconut-lime bread pudding (made from leftover Parker House rolls) with a scoop of toasted coconut ice cream and fresh pineapple ginger granita.

Made us happy as a — well, you know.

The Clam, 420 Hudson Street, at Leroy Street (212-242-7420 or theclamnyc.com).

Photos: Stephania Stanley for DailyCandy

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420 Hudson St
@ Leroy St
New York, NY 10014