ZZ’s Clam Bar

Restaurants, Seafood Greenwich Village
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Blueberry at ZZ's Clam Bar

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Pineapple at ZZ's Clam Bar

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Coffee at ZZ's Clam Bar

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Strawberry at ZZ's Clam Bar

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A powerhouse trio—Rich Torrisi, Mario Carbone and Jeff "ZZ" Zalaznick—continues its neo-Italian-American hot streak (including Carbone and Parm) with a raw bar. Scrapping an initial lobster-club concept, the 12-seat spot highlights first-rate cocktails and crudo. At the marble bar, acclaimed barman Thomas Waugh (Death & Company) concocts a beverage program decidedly more eclectic than the classic one a few doors down at Carbone: rum, housemade coconut cream, acacia honey and lime juice served in a frozen coconut; a gin tipple of fresh and freeze-dried strawberry, calamansi puree, rosemary-infused vermouth and Pernod pastis. In bar-friendly small plates, the chefs explore raw fish in all forms, with East Coast oysters on the half-shell and Santa Barbara spot prawns. Composed crudos include cured Japanese sardines alongside Cara Cara oranges; tuna carpaccio with bone marrow and foie gras; and shimaaji (striped horse mackerel) tartare topped with whipped ricotta and Petrossian caviar.


Venue name: ZZ’s Clam Bar
Address: 169 Thompson St
New York
Cross street: between Bleecker and Houston Sts
Opening hours: Tue–Sat 6pm–1am
Transport: Subway: B, D, F, M to Broadway–Lafayette St; 6 to Bleecker St
Price: Average entrée: $25. AmEx, MC, V
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We went to ZZ's after a dinner trip to Carbone! You walk into this room with enough seats for maybe ten people. The service was great. The cocktails we're very good but maybe slightly overpriced. We didn't end up ordering food but it looked amazing. Some tips would be to definitely make a reservation, I'm pretty sure you won't be able to get in without one & get coconut drink! It's strong and fun!

lily r

I might be in love with the Torrisi brothers, and quite honestly, I'm not ashamed of it (which I should be, considering I have never met them and really probably couldn't pick them out of a line up by sight). ZZ's, down the block from Carbone, is just as alluring, but the space is much smaller, more intimate and a tad tropical. It's as though Carbone retired from the mob and went down to enjoy the rest of his rich, delicious life in Bora Bora. The staff is incredibly attentive and knowledgable; and I swear they are all playing old-era mobster characters, but pulling it off so well that you really question if these actually are their true personalities. The food is very small plates and very pricey, but the drinks are worth every penny. I would recommend going for a drink post-Carbone dinner. And be sure to reserve ahead! 

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