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Q & A with The Clam’s Mike Price

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Mike Price is giving Clams their day so to speak. Price and co-owner Joey Campanaro just recently opened New York’s very first, clam-centric eatery in the West Village. But don’t even think about calling The Clam — a shellfish-centric restaurant recently opened by Market Table’s Mike Price & Joey Campanaro — a seafood shack. In theory, it may seem to have a lot in common with West Village neighbors, like Pearl Oyster Bar and Mary’s Fish Camp, but Price insists the only unifying factor between the three is a love of seafood…

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The Best Seafood Shacks for Summer

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There’s little we associate with summer as much as shellfish… from whole steamed lobsters served with corn on the cob and drawn butter, to toasted rolls piled high with full belly clams, and iced platters lined with freshly shucked raw oysters, cocktail sauce, and lemon wedges. Can’t make it to Nantucket, Newport, or Puget Sound this year? There are plenty of seaworthy spots in New York that are no more than a subway ride away, from The Lobster Place in Chelsea Market to the recently opened Kittery in Brooklyn. So treat yourself to a crustacean staycation this summer, by chowing down at some of the city’s best seafood shacks.

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Seasonal Eats: Soft Shell Crabs

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Most people think vegetables when they consider all of the culinary delights associated with the spring. But there’s an under-the-sea treat that’s equally delicious, with a season every bit as fleeting, as morel mushrooms, ramps and fiddlehead ferns. Soft-shell crab season is traditionally marked with the first full moon in May. At that time, the blue crab begins molting its shell, in order to accommodate summer growth.

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Sexy Steamed Mussels with Citrus & Prosecco

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It’s a funny thing about mussels. They’re delicious, healthy, easy to prepare and cheap (generally five dollars a pound, which is pretty damn good for shellfish!). But people rarely think to make them at home. Sure, they’ll order them out… who hasn’t had a good Zuppa de Mussels served with hunks of crusty Italian bread or a bowl of tender mollusks steamed in beer and sided with a pile of crusty fries? We’ve seen them dotting saffron rice in Spanish Paella, served A la Plancha (most recently at Willow Road in Chelsea), and done up Southeast Asian style, loaded with Lime, Chili, Coconut Milk and Kaffir leaves.

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Le Bernardin

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There are some great restaurants in New York, and then, there’s Le Bernardin. It’s the kind of place people from all over the world travel just to sample Eric Ripert’s masterful (nearly magical) way with seafood. It’s that good. Ripert manages to tease out every subtle nuance of fish with his preparations and flavor combinations. I’ll never forget the just barely Sauteed Langoustines I had recently at Le Bernardin and I’ve had quite a few.

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Q & A with Maison Premiere’s Chef Jared Stafford-Hill

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What a difference five years have made in the life of Jared Stafford-Hill.  When we last checked in with him back in 2008, he had just...

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The John Dory Oyster Bar

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Can Brits really handle the Feast of the Seven Fishes?  Absolutely, if you’re talking about April Bloomfield and The John Dory Oyster Bar,...

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Oceana

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Where better to celebrate the glory of shellfish than at the glittering midtown hotspot, Oceana?  Chef Ben Pollinger’s five-course feast...

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Gotham Bar and Grill

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Talk about a classic New York dish: The tuna tartare at Gotham Bar and Grill has been around since the late 80’s and it’s still going...

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Balthazar

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Balthazar is one of New York’s great French restaurants. People come here for the scene and to eat classic French dishes, like Steak Au Poivre, French Onion Soup, and Apple Tarte Tatin. So where else would you go for a classic French-style Steak Tartare than to Keith McNally’s Paris bistro-inspired masterpiece?

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The Roebling Tea Room

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The Roebling Tea Room is not a quiet tearoom as its name might suggest. In fact, it’s not a tearoom at all. It’s a bustling restaurant with high quality comfort food. They’ve got everything from Beef Brisket to Macaroni and Cheese and Cheeseburgers. And then, there’s the Steak Tartare, made with lean top round meat, capers, chives, and leafy greens. It’s different, taking just enough creative license to enhance the already delicious dish.

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Do or Dine

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The guys over at Do or Dine don’t do normal. That’s just not their thing. But while the vibe here is playful, the guys at Do or Dine don’t mess around in the kitchen…especially when it comes to their steak tartare.

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Morimoto

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There’s tuna tartare and then there’s Morimoto’s version. Considering his love for luxury ingredients, we should’ve expected something decadent, but this Toro Tuna Tartare takes the cake. It’s extravagant, expensive, and worth every penny.

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Desnuda

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It wouldn’t be right to mention ceviche in Manhattan without a nod to teeny spot in the East Village called Desnuda It is a cevicheria afterall and a fine one at that. Other than wine, they have little else, so settle in for a ceviche tasting. There’s no kitchen, just a sushi fridge and a toaster oven.

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Q&A with Crave Fishbar’s Todd Mitgang

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Not many chefs get the opportunity to be a Chef De Cuisine at just 22 years old.  Todd Mitgang managed to graduate from the French...

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Dishspotting – Crave’s Razor Clams

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What took so long? That’s what I asked when I stepped foot into the revival of Crave Fishbar. If you’ll recall (or maybe it was so long ago you’ve forgotten already), Crave opened in midtown east in the summer of 2008.

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New York’s Best Lobster Rolls

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For us, summer isn’t really summer until we’ve had our first taste of lobster. And while we love the challenge of cracking open a whole lobster, there are less exhausting ways to enjoy lobsters’ sweet meat. That’s right, that iconic summer sandwich known as the Lobster Roll…

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New York’s Best Oysters

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The oyster is often overlooked as the quintessential New York food, but there was a time when oyster carts were as common as food trucks...

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Best Thing I Ate – North End Grill’s Bacon & Oysters

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If you’re one of those people who “never eats above 14th Street” or “never travels below Canal Street,”...

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Milos

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This midtown Greek spot is admittedly pricey, but you’d be hard-pressed to find whole fish as fresh as the ice display here. Start with the grilled octopus and tomato salad and head to the ice display to shop for your dinner. (If you see langoustines, grab them.) If not, there’s plenty of other excellent and hard-to-find options the likes of white salmon.

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