ZZ'S Clam Bar

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$50 and over
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Seafood
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ZZ’s Clam Bar opened in June 2013 and is a raw seafood and craft cocktail bar. Serving only the highest quality ingredients, ZZ’s is an intimate space and a study in raw fish and cocktails from around the world. Dishes like Chianina Beef Carpaccio, Seared Goldeneye Snapper and Kampachi Tartare are paired exceptionally with specialty seasonal drinks. ZZ’s Clam Bar received three stars from GQ Magazine and Bloomberg and was credited by The New York Times for ushering in a new age of raw eating in New York City. ZZ’s Clam Bar serves as the hub of cocktail creativity for the group. In 2014, ZZ’s was nominated as the Best New Bar in America by Tales of the Cocktail, as well as awarded a Michelin star, one of the few cocktail bars in the world to hold this distinction. ZZ’s is elegant yet welcoming and invites guests to enjoy exquisite food in an unadulterated state.

For any questions regarding an existing or future reservation, please email reservations@zzsclambar.com
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Seafood
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 6:00pm - 1:00am
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Phone number
(212) 254-3000
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Rich Torrisi and Mario Carbone
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Cross street
Houston
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Parking details
There is a parking garage on Thompson Street between West 3rd and Bleecker.
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking
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Stuttgart Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2016
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The most fantastic tiny place with outstanding service and ambiance quirky and cool, great food if you like raw seafood and excellent cocktails!

H
London
102 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Small bar! Food is average not special not high quality but price high. All wine bottle over 100$!

T
Miami
20 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The food is amazing. The menu is small, and they were out of several options, which was a problem. Still, I would come back many times, since the choices I made were fantastic. Wine list is very limited too. But the quality of the fish and the beef carpaccio did compensate it all.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience all around! Incredible food, cocktails, service, ambiance. Felt like we were in a speakeasy. Truly recommend.

MH
Miami
18 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

ZZ's is an exclusive restaurant from Torrisi & Sons. It's pricey but they are giving you a different experience than anywhere in the City. They have a great variety of mostly raw seafood. Don't be fooled by the name. This is far from a clam bar. You could easily have a great meal here without even eating a clam. The highlights were the tuna toast and the beef carpaccio with black truffles, lobster and sea urchin. They also have great cocktails. Our favorites were the coconut and the Curaçao. The only disappointing part of the evening was they were out of uni toast and the razor clam dish.

HA
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and customer service. Cocktails are outstanding!!!

MW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

A very intimate space, but not crowded by any means. Cocktails were wonderful, I went with the Sarsaparilla and my dining partner enjoyed the Coconut (because how could we not?). Food was good, though not worth the steep price. The trout roe was by far the freshest and most delicious thing we had, however the toast itself was soggy with butter. Quite unfortunate. The seared scallops were strangely flavorless without their peculiar sauce. I do wish we'd gone for a ceviche dish. The tuna, foie gras and bone marrow carpaccio was unsurprisingly decadent and very satisfying. However, once again, the toast was drenched in butter and rendered pretty much inedible. They recommend 4-6 dishes per 2 guests, but I'd say grab a small bite beforehand and go to ZZ's for cocktails and a plate or three.

BG
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific dining experience. I enjoyed avery minute of being there. Jason and the rest of the staff made it an amazing night. Going to be trying their other restaurant Carbone next week!!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So cool, but wickedly overpriced. Will think twice before we go there. Extraordinary ceviche was about $20/bite. That's a bummer.

NY
New York Area
190 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2016
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

This place is a very interesting experience. Very good to go once for that, but probably not headed back. It is the smallest restaurant I have ever been in. It has a special experience feel. Unfortunately, with two empty two-tops, we were told our places were at the bar against the wall. When we said we would have a drink and eat elsewhere, they begrudgingly let us have a real table. (We had a reservation.) The food is exceptional, but more like snack portions than dinner. All in all, fun, unusual experience--but not really dinner.

OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2016
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 2

The food is amazing and the drinks are ridiculous however the finance bros at the bar just ruin the ambiance and make you feel extra dumb about dropping such ridiculous $ on the food. The room is very loud that evening and that really killed the vibe.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! Drinks are fantastic and food is delicious. Our service was also on point.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is outstanding! The uni toast is the best in NYC I must say:)

OT
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Two Michelin stars. Cocktails & raw bar. Caviar wth mascarpone. Fois gras & fatty tuna. Uni toast... Tough to get a rezzy. Only 12 seats in the place. Be prepared to spend $200 per person and person - for a few hours of pure bliss. My favorite among many hits by Major food group.

DC
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service, great food and drinks, good good fun!

d
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

ZZ's pairs wonderful fresh ingredients in a decadent way along with creative cocktails in an intimate setting. The staff, food, and reservations team were all great.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The drinks were exceptional

G
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My new favorite place. LOVE it! Great cocktails. Great seafood.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is heavenly, especially the Beef Carpaccio. The joint has this elegant but decadent vibe to it, haven't experienced so anywhere else in the city.

10/10

r
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional service, food, drinks and experience.

TA
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience in this tucked away gem on Thompson St. Seating for 12 and fabulous, attentive service. The Cocktail menu is amoung the most innovative in the City. Each offering more lavish then the last. The food, primarily crudo, was the absolute equal to the liquid offerings. The intimate space and great vibe contribute to special evening. Go ahead and take the plunge!

D
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2015
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

While I enjoyed many aspects of the experience, the inside joke nature of it ultimately rose to the level of off putting. I admire the wit, intelligence and creativity of this restaurant group, and was interested in ZZ's because of their reputation. The name threw me off from the reality that this was a tiny spot that was emulating ( in a very droll NYC fashion) a super high end sashimi restaurant,with its elaborate mostly raw fish preparations and nose bleed prices.
Again, the food had much to recommend itself flavor wise, but the gestalt of the place was too theatrical and presumptuous about its value. I get it that value wasn't really meant to be part of the conversation but the name felt like a disingenuous ruse. I'm an experienced eater so I can't say that the place was entirely inexplicable but I see no need to go back or recommend it. Only for the very rich it seems. Given the size, perhaps that's all they want or need it to be.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2015
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Godo drinks terrible service