The Clam

4.7
855 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
The Clam is a 50 seat neighborhood restaurant drawing its inspiration from one of our favorite ingredients, the clam. Mike Price, chef and co-owner, offers a menu that celebrates seasonal, market driven ingredients as well as showcases influences of the Atlantic seaboard. The menu boasts a variety of clam dishes, some classic, some with a new twist and fun originals. The menu is rounded out with iced shellfish, salads, appetizers as well as meat and local seafood entrées. Desserts follow suit, and are inspired by the seasonal and local market offerings. All made in-house, the approach is simple and straightforward with something for everyone. Our shared vision and common goal is to offer genuine hospitality to our guests, garner relationships and establish ourselves not only as a neighborhood gem but also a Greenwich Village destination where our guests can be confident that their experiences are sure to be exceptional.

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

For Valentine's Day, Chef Mike Price creates a special 3-course prix-fixe dinner at $85/person. If the reservation is cancelled within 2 days of February 14th, there is a $45/person charge. If you fail to attend & fail to cancel your reservation, there is a full charge of $85/person.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
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The Clam in the West Village is (you guessed it) a seafood restaurant that's a safe bet for most occassions.

Ratings 7.5-8.0:These are restaurants that are reliable, tasty, and particularly good for whatever we have deemed them “Perfect For.” Hit up a 7.7 for Date Night with confidence, as long as you don’t need the restaurant to be the most interesting thing that happens that night.
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PL
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My only slight complaints are that the steamers could have been sweeter (although I think that has more to do with the time of year than the restaurant) and everything could be slightly less expensive. Now that I'm done with those, let me say that the clam dip, clam chowder and chocolate dessert we had were nothing short of outstanding, the service was impeccable, and, thank goodness, on a cold Sunday night the noise level was sublime. I have already recommended the restaurant to friends and will return myself.

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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

Food was tasty, but lukewarm. Service was glacially slow. Had to order bread between appetizer and entree to fill the gap, but bread didn't come out until halfway through the entree. Then they charged us for it.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Clam is my favorite neighborhood place!!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellence. Super friendly, accommodating. Just very happy with the experience.

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s
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never a bad meal or service at The Clam. It’s my favorite.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Greatest neighborhood restaurant! So friendly, great food, great drinks. Also good for a special occasion.

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RP
New York Area
125 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Wonderful dinner with friends- great wine list, with artful bar staff & all terrific seafood options. Especially enjoyed sharing app & lobster fried clam sliders, bream catch of the day! Also shared kale salad & special veggies - not to mention tasty desserts! Quite a spot for good food, friends & talk!

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RT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I rarely write reviews, but we had such a good meal here that I had to. It's a small space but the tables are positioned and spaced to make it very comfortable. We had a meal of one shared appetizer and two appetizers each and it was completely filling. Lots of different tastes, all beautifully presented. Great service, too. We'll be back.

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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super restau! Accueil parfait, plats excellents. Il faut absolument essayer le lobster slider.

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OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Locale carino a Chelsea.
Il servizio “insolito”, abituato sicuramente alla propria clientela affezionata.
Siamo stati accolti gentilmente dalla signora alla cassa, che ci assegnava il tavolo come da nostra richiesta, vicino la vetrata.
Il menu a capodanno era fisso: 130 dollari a testa, escluso il vino. Scegliamo dal menu un Pinot dell’Alsazia ma era terminato, ne viene proposto uno italiano (al prezzo di circa 20 dollari in più).
La bottiglia non puo’ essere lasciata al tavolo, come da nostra richiesta, ci comunicano che non utilizzano glaciette. Il calice e’ stato rabboccato durante la cena a discrezione dei camerieri (senza logica comprensibile).
Il menu proponeva tre scelte di antipasto, di primi e di secondi e due di dolce.
Le porzioni di antipasto decisamente ridotte.
Le ostriche servite con sopra il ghiaccio, non sono state particolarmente gustose.
Il sugo degli spaghetti con aragosta e’ risultato troppo e troppo piccante. Il riso al tartufo era poco saporito e poco.
Il pane non era incluso nel menu ed e’ stato portato su richiesta (la cameriera ha avuto anche dubbio di averne a disposizione!!!) e’ stato calcolato un extra menu sul conto.
I secondi piatti di pesce ed uno di carne sono stati gustosi, la quantità era adeguata.
Allo scoccare della mezzanotte e’ sembrato che la sala non desiderasse gli ultimi tavoli rimasti e non c’e’ stato nemmeno l’accenno di brindisi con la clientela, che tristezza! Inoltre dal primo al dolce e’ stato tutto molto accelerato.
I dolci non ci sono piaciuti, appena discreti.
Nel complesso e’ stata un’esperienza che non rifaremmo.
Il prezzo totale, incluse tasse, e’ stato di 380 dollari circa in due.
A Ny abbiamo mangiato e bevuto decisamente meglio in molti altri locali, forse ha inciso negativamente il menu del capodanno!!!

Spero il locale traduca le recensioni e si renda conto dell’esigenza di avere a disposizione la glaciette, non si possono dettare per tutti i tempi della cena, non si e’ ospiti ma clienti!

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m
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed New Year’s Eve dinner at The Clam. The choices on the menu were great. The Clam is our “go to” restaurant whether it is early dinner or late lunch. We have brought several friends and it’s always delicious ! Laura, Alex and Matthew always take great care of us!

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PC
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had dinner at The Clam on New Year’s Eve. Food was excellent as usual, the service impeccable, and the venue cozy and quiet. It is one of my favorites here in New York City.

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W
New York Area
171 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always delicious and welcoming!
If you like seafood and a relaxed vibe- come here!

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a
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved the lobster clam sliders! It was quiet one night we ate there and then on Saturday it was louder and less comfortable for talking.

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RP
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved the Clam and I hesitate to throw any cold water on the experience but I would ask the management to consider lowering the music, or eliminating It altogether. But don't let this comment keep you from trying this restaurant. The food was well prepared and tasty (we had the whole fish), the ambiance open and friendly and the staff were exceptional. It was our favorite restaurant in lower Manhattan during our 6 week stay in NYC. Nice people and we will definitely be back.

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G
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a gem of a restaurant with a cozy neighborhood feel... (and a side street with free parking!) We took the name literally and focused on clams. Nice littleneck clams as a starter, followed by the very tasty beets and burrata salad, then a bowl of Long Island steamers in a mouth-watering broth and spaghetti and clams in a seemingly simply but unforgettably delicious tomato sauce. The meal didn't miss a single beat and the service was excellent. Our best find in NYC in a great while!

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TA
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Clam was excellent. Thoroughly enjoyed the Feast of the Seven Fishes dinner on Christmas Eve.

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h
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for a special dinner, Feast of the Seven Fishes, on Christmas Eve. It was sensational. Seven different seafood or fish dishes,each imaginative and excellently prepared. First time, but will be an annual tradition. The service is always great here. No matter how busy, they make you feel relaxed and like you are eating at their home.

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L
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Wonderful spot- went for prix fix holiday menu and all the food was wonderful and just delightful. Only comment would be that the service and timing- while absolutely perfect to the nth degree- felt very efficient and almost not as cozy as I expected. It was a feat of perfect timing between host, server, kitchen etc but for some reason it left me feeling a bit impersonal which surprised me given the absolutely lovely space, perfect lighting and charming spot and Christmas Eve. Maybe if added half and hour to their reservations would have made it feel more relaxed and personal- I totally understand the need to be on time for the reservations so cannot fault at all but for a 300 dollar experience for two it felt a bit mechanical...which was a little disappointing for me personally, so that made an impression. Still great food, nice spot.

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r
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The clam dip with housemade potato chips is a must, but the kitchen was unable to serve up a bowl of steamers that wasn't gritty and filled with sand, in spite of two attempts at the dish. For a restaurant called "The Clam," you'd think it'd be a no-brainer.

The server acted flippant upon our request to send the dish back, but the manager was quite friendly and professional. We ordered a Sicilian white wine, which was absolutely terrific, and the whole grilled fish with escarole was also a stand-out.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and service.

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KS
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite neighborhood seafood restaurants. Must do the Clam Dip and Sliders - it's non negotiable as far as I'm concerned.

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EK
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brought a couple of friends to The Clam for dinner and we had an amazing dinner. We all had fish entrees, (Salmon, Swordfish, Sea Bream) all delicious, appetizers and sides. Capped it off with an digestif. Amazing all around. The Clam is also, perhaps, the coziest restaurant in the city. I love it!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

attentive but not overbearing service. quality food in good portions. very tasty and simple preparation.

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

i LOVE the clam. it's one of my favorite restaurants in manhattan. consistently excellent food, excellent svc.

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CG
Chicago
40 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an amazing experience! Food, staff, atmosphere! Freshest food on the planet oysters and lobster and clam sliders to die for!

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MU
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favourites in New York. Fantastic food and great service. Never disappoints

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EB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

We’ve been to the Clam 4-5 times.. I was taking my wife and her best friend out for a special dinner. We have never been disappointed and always look forward to coming back. The food was outstanding. We got some amazing oysters, Great piece of fish and the classic spaghetti and clams. Where are experience fell short was from when we walked in the door and the cold greeting from the hostess making us feel like we were lucky to be there. Our waitress was competent but very indifferent to making us feel welcome.

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DJ
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Nice neighborhood spot with consistently good food and friendly staff.

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ST
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was really great. Food, service and location. Am definitely going back very soon!
Steamers were delicious!
Crudo was spectacular!
Swizzle and Spice drink was a perfect fall/winter rum drink!
Really enjoyed the night.

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JS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a cozy little spot. Great service and ambiance, perfect for date night.

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WS
New York Area
67 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

While the tiles on the ceiling are lovely, it means the place can get a little loud and feel a little tight. Otherwise, everything was on point. A little pricey, but totally on point.

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C
New York Area
59 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Post play at 4 PM, we elected to just sit at the bar during Happy Hour. There were only two items on HH menu - fried clam strips and hush puppies. We had clam chowder, littlenecks, and steamers - all were excellent. However, $130 for two drinks each and 3 food items was a tad high

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s
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Clam is by far my favorite restaurant in NYC. I’m so lucky that it’s in my neighborhood! It never disappoints.

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S
New York Area
64 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food has always been great; still is. Oysters and fish couldn't have been fresher and were well prepared. All that said, the standout was the service. Our server was attentive without the least bit of fuss, was truly accommodating and upbeat in all our interactions. We look forward to the next time!

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w
Hawaii
18 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service and delicious food. We started with the excellent clam dip (with homemade potato chips) and a nice reisling. Our mains were the salmon and the clam & lobster sliders. We opted for a side of brussel sprouts. All well-prepared, tasty, and served hot. No desserts for us - too full. But we managed after dinner drinks. Our meal cost $172 - typical for a small restaurant in this part of town. We definitely would return again.

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CG
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is incredibly delicious, the staff is attentive and helpful. The place is warm, maybe even seductive. I just wanted MORE of everything, it was that good. Wine bottles could have a more reasonable range, though the cocktails are top notch. Highly recommend the clam dip, any west coast oyster, the sliders, the spaghetti and the steamers.
BRING BACK THE PIZZA PLEASE!!

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PG
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We took a co-worker out for a retirement lunch. Everything was delicious and the staff wonderful.

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Y
Miami
107 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service, wonderful food ... a fairly quiet early Sunday dinner for three, and thoroughly enjoyable.

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d
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We started with oysters and cocktails and ordered the same thing all over again because we couldn't get enough. Then we shared a pasta dish with the homemade Parker Rolls and wiped the pasta bowl clean! The rolls were the best bread we all had ever tasted! YUM. We all have different fish entrees and there was nothing left on each plate! Everything was amazing from the moment we stepped in to your restaurant. The service, food, cocktails were all superb. Thank you and we will be back and be sure to recommend.

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