Clams on the half shell at the Clam
Stuffed clams at the Clam
Spaghetti with clams at the Clam
Stop snickering at the name—this bivalve joint means business. At the corner spot—more of a tableclothed seafood palace than a casual clam shack—Market Table cohorts Joey Campanaro and Mike Price offer the eponymous slurper in a variety of modes: iced on the half shell; stuffed and baked with pancetta and lemon; and tossed with spaghetti in a chili-pepper-tomato sauce. Beyond mollusks, find seafood dishes like winter flounder with beluga lentils, bacon and pistachio. 420 Hudson St at Leroy St (212-242-7420)
Chef Rob Newton is one of New York’s great Southern-cuisine champions, from the comfort-food–focused Smith Canteen to the fried-chicken kitchenette Wilma Jean. Now the Arkansas native combines Southern cooking with New American leanings at this 102-seat Downtown Brooklyn restaurant, named after the American hardwood tree. Dishes include winter mushrooms with tofu skins and Calabrian chili; braised turkey in broth with hominy and fried onions; and East Coast fish muddle (seafood stew) with potato chips and bacon.
Venue says: “Join us for Brunch this Sunday for scrumptious food, delectable drinks and Live Music”