Just a quick heads up: Littleneck will be serving up piping hot chowder at the Village Voice’s 5th annual Choice Eats tasting event this coming Tuesday, March 13 at the Lexington Ave. Armory. So if you will be there please stop by and say hello.
Tuesday March 13, 2012 6:30 – 9:30pm
The 69th Armory at Lexington Avenue
68 Lexington Ave @ 26th Street, NYC
It’s not just about the clam rolls over here…I mean it totally is, but it isn’t just about the clam rolls. We do burgers too! And Time Out New York recently named our burger as one of the best new kids in town alongside Roberta’s, The Cardinal, Allswell, Fatty ‘Cue, and the venerable Steak’n'Shake, the regional chain which I had no idea had even made in-roads into New York.
Time Out New York recommends the delicious picks on its Best New Burgers list as appropriate for “boys night out,” but we don’t discriminate. We will happily serve our burger (or anything else on the menu for that matter) to ladies and gents alike. And we highly recommend it accompanied by a platter of delicious oysters! Stay tuned to our daily specials and raw bar offerings on Twitter (and give us a shout to tell us what you liked, too!)
They say it is an honor just to be nominated and, lo and behold, it totally is. We came in at a respectable #3 in the best seafood category in this year’s Metromix reader’s poll. So thank you loyal readers, we couldn’t have done it without you.
Stop by this weekend. We have 7 different types of oysters right now a bunch of new beers including Green Flash Imperial IPA, Sly Fox Pikeland Pilsner and Narragansett Cream Ale…which brings us up to different flavors of ‘Gansett for those keeping score at home.
What’s the strangest request that you’ve accommodated here?
Aaron: The night before were were open, we were in here doing some last minute painting, and we wrote out a bunch of fake specials on the specials board. We put up “fried tuna rings,” and I put it as a joke tip on Foursquare. And then somebody saw that on there and came in and ordered it.
Andy: The waitress came back to me and said, “There’s a couple that wants to order the fried tuna rings. They say it’s off the menu. Can you explain that to me?”
Aaron: We had to explain that it was an homage to White Castle.
That’s us in an interview with Eater for the Gatekeepers feature. Click on over to check it out. And to the anonymous commenter that called us “dirty hippies“: I will have you know a source just hipped us to an illicit back-alley deal and we just plunked down the cash for the long since sold out COMPLETE EUROPE ’72 BOX SET…so, uh, yeah. Maybe you were on to something???
The Giants vs. Pats Superbowl Sunday is here and though we are torn between our physical home on 3rd Ave. in Brooklyn and our spiritual home on Cape Cod one thing is for certain: we love chowder…and if you are reading this right now you probably do too. The Daily News is once again pitting New England against The Big Apple, this time with competing chowder recipes. So click through and check out our recipe from chef Alan Harding which goes head to head against the John Dory Oyster Bar‘s Manhattan-style Clam and Bacon Acquacotta.
Just when you thought the media blitz was over we landed alongside serious mainstays like the Grand Central Oyster Bar on the latest Village Voice Fork In The Road listicle: New York’s 10 Best Bargain Seafood Joints! Click on the link to check out the full list.
Additionally, we also made NYCGO.COM‘s list of the city’s best new restaurants. We’ll take it! Go check that one out too.
The first snowfall hit NYC earlier this week which means Olde Man Winter is finally here for good. But don’t worry, we’ll be keeping you warm with piping hot bowls of clam chowder…the same chowder that was just featured in Refinery 29‘s list of the best winter comfort foods. For those keeping score at home this is the first time a fashion blog has covered us and judging by the mountain of shoes that I just bought off the clearance rack at DSW it probably won’t be the last.
Click on the picture below to see the full article:
We were featured in today’s New York Times dining section in the $25 And Under column. The Times loved the specials and the raw bar:
You can experience the change at Littleneck, 288 Third Avenue (President Street), Gowanus, Brooklyn, (718) 522-1921, littleneckbrooklyn.com, an urban clam shack a cherrystone’s throw from the canal. It is run by musicians with a kitchen led by the Brooklyn restaurant veteran Alan Harding (Gowanus Yacht Club, Patois).
On opening nights for the neighboring gallery, hipsters wait for seating amid Littleneck’s whitewashed wainscoting and cute nautical doodads. Andy Curtin, an owner looking more shipmate than band mate in a beard and woolen cap, swoops about with dishes you’ll be happy to dine on: specials like huge, scrumptious, head-on shrimp, baked in salt with a touch of tarragon ($12); snappy, fascinating salads like pea shoots with bittersweet popcorn shoots, watermelon radishes and golden beets ($8). Meaty corkscrew whelks are perfect in drawn garlic butter ($1 each). Urchins are creamy embodiments of sea ($6 each).
The fabulous bicoastal oyster selection ($2 for East Coast, $3 for West) delivers bracing, diverse pleasures vividly described by the waitresses — British Columbian Kusshis have a “slight melon flavor,” Chincoteagues are “kind of lemony.”
And a big what up to my man Foster over at The New York Observer for this gem:
So swing by soon!!! We have a revamped wine list and have added a few new beers too including Ommegang Belgian Pale Ale.
And in other big news: We also now have available!!! Perfect for that special someone in your life.
Our resident record snob Aaron, who rules the house iPod with an iron fist (but he puts that iron fist away as he gently and artfully pours you a drink), put together this playlist for The L Magazine. It skews heavily towards the “Dudes With Beards” genre (i.e. Captain Trips aka Jerry Garcia, Dennis Wilson, Lowell George from Little Feat etc.) but if you can handle a little bit of that you will totally dig it! The playlist is also available on Spotify so point your browser in that direction for some highly enjoyable listening even if you aren’t currently eating one of our clam rolls.
It’s New Year’s Eve and a lot of places are going to try to dig into your wallet with nasty cover charges, absurd prix-fixe “deals,” and other crap you don’t want. Guess what: WE’RE NOT!!! Littleneck is with some delicious surprise specials and drinks flowing generously all evening. We’ll be serving drinks until the last one of you staggers out the door, so come on over and kiss an oyster at our midnight champagne toast. If you’re lucky maybe the oyster will kiss you back.
And if that wasn’t enough for you, WE’RE OPEN NEW YEAR’S DAY TOO! Stop by for a little hair of the dog to nurse that hangover, and you can tell the bartender about all the bad decisions you made the previous night. He’s good at keeping secrets.
Also, we are officially on Twitter. Follow @LittleneckBK to hear about our daily specials and other HOTT GOSS like where our clam rolls will be popping up around town at festivals and other fun shindigs. They get around!!!
Clam Cat wants to see you on New Year's Eve!!!