We’re comin’ to Greenpoint! Eater 38! New brunch menu!

The rumors of our expansion northward have NOT been greatly exaggerated…in fact, they’re TRUE!

Littleneck Outpost is coming to Greenpoint early spring of 2014! We are opening a casual, all day cafe, grocery, coffee, and sandwich shop at 128 Franklin Street – right at the corner of Milton Street.

We are still building the space out so you are gonna have to sit tight for a little while longer but in the meantime you can start gearing up for the sandwiches, crudos, and raw bar you have grown to know and love plus a million other new and exciting items. The new joint will be an all day affair opening for coffee early, at like some ungodly hour, for those early risers and commuters. Stay tuned for more info as things develop.

And if you haven’t checked it out yet we landed on the Eater 38 recently amongst some of New York’s best restaurants. I seriously can not tell you how flattered and humbled we are to be in the company of some of our favorite restaurants from all over the city.

WE ARE 138!!!

And finally, we have totally revamped our brunch menu with a bunch of new items including the New Englander (pictured below) which is our take on a classic English Breakfast. So don’t sleep in!!!!! Brunch is served Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am until 3 pm.


KICKSTARTER MY HEART! Yelp Helps, Dive In Gowanus and other news from the dog days of summer

We may well be into the DOGG DAYS of summer over here but we still got plenty of fun poppin’ off.

So here goes…


As my man Nikki Sixx would say “OHHHHH!!! YEAH!!!!! KICKSTARTER MY HEART!!!!” We are gonna be out at the Kickstarter Film Festival on Saturday, August 3 serving up our Maine-Style Shrimp Roll with Black Pepper Aioli and a side of homemade potato chips! This year’s festival is being held at Havermeyer Parkmin Williamsburg which is located at 329 Kent Ave between South 3rd and 4th. Doors are at 7PM doors, 8PM is the live show and 9PM is when the screening starts.

And on August 7th and 8th we will be providing the cocktails at the Yelp Helps event happening right around the corner over at The Green Building. The event benefits a number of local charities and non-profits including the Gowanus Canal Conservancy, Red Hook InitiativeRightRides for Women’s Safety, and several dozen others.

Dine into the Gowanus?!?!?!?

And speaking of the Gowanus Canal Conservancy we will be participating in the Dive In Gowanus event on Friday, August 16. The event is raising awareness for local businesses and a portion of the proceeds generated that night will go to benefit the GCC, an organization whose mission is to fund environmental clean-up and community-based initiatives.

And in case ya missed it the local paper of record, The Brooklyn Paper, included us in their 3rd Avenue bar and dining crawl along with other great restaurants like Runner & Stone, Fletcher’s BBQ, and Four & Twenty Blackbirds!

So swing by and check it out. We are also now proudly serving pies from The Blue Stove and we got a whole bunch of new seasonal items on the menu!

New York Mag’s Best New Oyster Happy Hour + Kitchensurfing Lobster Roller!

Hello there budget-minded bivalve lovers! I am sure you have all been waiting with baited breath and the moment is finally here (or, rather, it was here a week and a half ago and I am just now getting around to updating the site): New York Magazine‘s SHUCK YEAH: The Latest In Oyster Happy Hours list for 2013 has finally hit the streets…er, Internet. And looky who’s the lead-off…US!!!

Just as a reminder we offer OYSTER HAPPY HOUR Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 5 – 7 PM with $1 oysters and all draft beer for 5 bucks!

And, in other news, we were lucky enough to be asked to compete in the Lobster Roller, an event organized by our buddies around the block over at Kitchensurfing. The competition was fierce with chefs from across the city all vying for ultimate bragging rights. In the end we took home the GOLD. You can check up a wrap-up of the entire event over on the Kitchensurfing blog as well as on The TV Dinner, the blog of Lobster Roller judge and NY1 traffic reporter of record, Jamie Shupak. Congrats to all the other competitors and thanks to the Kitchensurfing crew for inviting us to compete!

(pics courtesy of Jamie Shupak and Kitchensurfing)

here comes the summer!!!

It’s a scorcher out there today which means that the summertime is finally here! And we have a whole bunch of news to report. So here we go…

In case you missed it our lobster roll was featured in The New York Post‘s round up of the best rolls in town. It ain’t exactly a Page Six item about us and Amanda Bynes (if only), but hey, we’ll take it!

Also, we are pretty psyched to be a part of Edible magazine’s New Fish City event down on the Hudson River. We are gonna be serving up Maine-style shrimp rolls, ceviche, homemade potato chips, and our Narragansett potato salad alongside some of our favorite spots in town like Esca, Palo Santo, Ample Hills Creamery, and The Lobster Place. It’s a free event and the whole thing goes down on June 13.

See ya there!

And if you haven’t been by the restaurant in a while we’ve made a number of seasonal changes and additions to our menu. We just added a cast iron Littleneck clam dish to the menu. It is served up with a compound butter, herbs, and a baguette from our friends across the street at Runner & Stone.

We have also retooled our pan roasted Arctic Char for the warmer months with a setup that includes peas 3 ways and some chopped strawberries. It’s a full-on YEAH BUDDY style explosion of flavor in yer mouth.

And a new spin on an old classic, the glazed Polish bacon, a pork belly dish of no small concern, gets a new setup with cherries, chicory, and chicharróns!

That about wraps it up! But in case you haven’t checked it out yet we are also serving brunch Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am until 3 pm. So swing through and say what up!

And don’t forget you can keep up with all our goings-on plus daily deals and specials on our Facebook page and Twitter!

New menu items! New press clips! New Chalkboard!

Sup buddies?!?!? Spring is right around the corner and we got a few new additions to the menu here at Littleneck (including the Pan Roasted Arctic Char with preserved lemon and sunchoke purée pictured above) and put a new spin on some old classics like the steamed Littlenecks and the bacon plate so if you have been hunkered down in hibernation all winter and haven’t been by in a minute now is a great time to swing through!

And in other Arctic Char-related news, our old pal Edith Zimmerman from The Hairpin did a little listicle for Refinery29 and picked our Cured Arctic Char as on of her 5 favorite dishes in NYC. Thanks Edith!

And New York Magazine wrote up the Shrimp & Grits we serve at brunch (or “Weekend Lunch” as I prefer to call it). Oh yeah, don’t forget we are serving BRUNCH now…..or “Weekend Lunch” if you prefer. Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am until 3 pm.

And finally, we recently got a chalkboard for the sidewalk where we can broadcast our message to unsuspecting passersby. Check it out!

Now taking reservations for Valentines day! Choice Eats & More!

Because we all know oysters are nature’s #1 aphrodisiac we are now booking reservations for Valentines Day! And as always there’s no prix fixe, no price gouging, no nonsense….we are just gonna be having some awesome specials and a couple little surprises for all you lovers out there. So hit us up at 718-522-1921 or info [at] littleneckbrooklyn [dot] com to book now!

And in other news we are gonna be headed back to the Village Voice Choice Eats event again this year!  Tickets are on sale now and if you were there last year you know to get there early.

And if you haven’t stopped by to check it out yet Littleneck is now serving BRUNCH or “WEEKEND LUNCH” for those of you who detest the ‘B’ word. In any case we adjusted the brunch hours to go until 3 pm on Saturday and Sunday so you can get that extra hour in….because we know you sometimes aren’t a morning person and we totally understand. But don’t take my word for it…we just landed on the Eater Brunch Heatmap.

Finally, in case you missed it Littleneck turned 1 year old a couple months back and we were interviewed by Eater about where we started, where we are at, and where we are headed in the future. Go check it out….and also in a shocker which has sent reverberations around the world we (or one of us, anyway) was named one of Flavorpill’s 50 Culture Makers to Watch in 2013. I know, crazy. Right?

OK see ya on Valentine’s Day and hopefully sooner!!!

Time Out New York Best Seafood Dishes + Moby Dick Marathon

Our lobster roll was just voted one of the top seafood dishes in New York by the editors of Time Out New York…and considering that I have eaten most of the other dishes on the list it is seriously an honor to be in such esteemed company. Just look at all that delicious, succulent claw meat! Don’t you wanna stop by soon and scarf one down?!?!?! Here is what they had to say:

Maine lobster roll at Littleneck

The Gowanus Canal may not conjure up New England’s sandy shoreline, but the superlative lobster roll at this hipster clam shack will transport you there anyway. The sweet, gently poached lobster is barely dressed with a transparent slick of Hellmann’s mayo and lemon juice, plus diced celery. An airy toasted split-top bun from Maine’s Lepage Bakeries cradles the tender meat. 288 Third Ave between Carroll and President Sts, Gowanus, Brooklyn (718-522-1921,littleneckbrooklyn.com). $18.—Mari Uyehara

And in other news we are excited to be a part of the first ever marathon-style reading of Herman Melville’s classic novel, Moby-Dick, Or, the Whale, presented by Housing Works Books along with partners Word Brooklyn, Molasses BooksPenguin Classics, Out of Print Clothing, Do or Dine, and, of course us! More info below:

The event will span three days, three bookstores, two boroughs, and feature over a hundred readers, including authors Jonathan Ames, Rick Moody, Sarah Vowell, Touré, Mark Kurlansky, Joshua Cohen, Aryn Kyle, David Goodwillie, Will Hermes, Lev Grossman, Eileen Myles, Elissa Schappell and more; joined by booksellers, editors, bloggers, journalists, and other Melvillians. The full crew is listed and updated at http://mobydickmarathonnyc.org/crew/, and as we near capacity we’ll be taking alternates.

The event will span three days over the weekend of November 16–18, chosen because the book was first published in the United States on November 14, 1851. The event will begin the night of Friday 11/16 at WORD bookstore in Greenpoint, where there will be a pre-marathon presentation of the “Etymology” and “Extracts” from 5PM to 6PM, with the event officially starting with the most famous first line in literature “Call me Ishmael”, at 6PM. The night will be fueled by clam chowder from Littleneck restaurant. The marathon reading will pick back up on the morning of Saturday 11/17 at 10AM Housing Works Bookstore Cafe in Soho. Around 11:30AM Amy Virginia Buchanan’s Pequod Players will present a dramatic performance of chapters 37–40: Ahab, Starbuck, and Stubb’s monologues and chapter 40, “Midnight, Forecastle.” Saturday will be fueled by more Littleneck chowder before moving back to Brooklyn to continue the night at Molasses Books in Bushwick (4PM–12AM) with clam and flounder chowder from Brooklyn’s Do or Dine. The marathon will finish back at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe on Sunday 11/18 at 10AM, with the chase concluding around 4PM.

To hear the book read aloud in its entirety is a wonderful way to experience it for the first time or anew—and the perfect opportunity to read Moby-Dick in a single weekend.  It’s going to be a great celebration of a canonical New York City writer, and hopefully the inauguration of a New York City literary tradition. Though an urban reading of the book might surprise some, it’s an apt home, as the novel begins in the “insular city of Manhattoes” and the author was born and died here in New York City.

Time Out New York’s Coolest Jobs in NYC

I could barely believe it myself when they called us but in case you haven’t had a chance to check it out yet Littleneck was profiled in this week’s Time Out New York coolest jobs in NYC feature. So click on over to get some serious career advice….ha! As if we should be giving career advice to anyone.

And if that isn’t enough we also clocked in on Time Out‘s list of the best lobster rolls in town! Yeah buddy!

From The Department of Enjoy Every Sandwich: L Mag Food Power Rankings + CBS News

The L Magazine has just released their Food Power Rankings issue and our lobster roll–not to be outdone by its tatsy, deep-fried cousin the clam roll–landed the #2 spot!

And speaking of the clam roll–a favorite of listicles all across the world wide web–CBS New York news just named ours the #1 sandwich on its 10 Best Seafood Sandwiches in New York.

So stop by soon and while you’re at it ENJOY EVERY SANDWICH.

"Enjoy every sandwich" - Zevon

Littleneck, Tasting Table’s Lobster Roll Rumble, and VH1 Morning Buzz

Not since Bret “Hitman” Hart and Lex Luger simultaneously eliminated each other at the Providence Civic Center in 1994 has a RUMBLE been this highly anticipated. So, that said, if you’re heading to the Tasting Table Lobster Roll Rumble tonight be sure to stop by and check us out and cast your vote! 20 rolls enter but only one will walk out a champion. And in case ya missed it earlier today we were on VH1’s Morning Buzz today with a little preview of the kinda meat we’ll be packing at tonight’s event. And of course a portion of the proceeds benefit Share our Strength, a non-profit dedicated to fighting childhood hunger so you know it is totally worth your while!