What to order at The Clam? What to order at The Clam?? Hmmmmm. You would think that the restaurant’s name would make it easy. But there’s a dish for every mood. Wistful for summers in New England? There’s “chowdah” ($11) and fried bellies piled in a roll ($18). For when the palate is feeling Italian, there’s a spaghetti vongole ($12/$24) with clams dotting the spicy red sauce. In need of comfort? Order a creamy clam dip with zesty potato chips ($8), a la grandma.
One of the best dishes on the menu, though, has an Asian twist: the clam fried rice with pork belly confit and pickled onion ($16). It’s a satisfying main but works as a shareable side, too. Chef Mike Price’s genius garnishes are what make this sweet, spicy and salty stir-fry a stand out. “It has some of my favorite things in one — bottarga, clams and pork belly,” Price says. “We added some texture with water chestnuts and snow peas.”
Opened last month in the West Village, The Clam is Price’s collaboration with Little Owl‘s Joey Campanaro, also his partner at the popular neighborhood spot Market Table. Lunch and brunch service will be rolling out within the next couple of weeks, so there will be more opportunity during the day for when those clam cravings hit. Not a clam fan? Stop in for Price’s masterfully prepared rib eye, half chicken, flounder or duck breast.
420 Hudson St.