Do you like Manhattan Clam Chowder? I fancy myself a connoisseur of the more rare and more red breed of clam chowder, ordering it almost any place I see it on a menu in hopes of finding the perfect bowl—from expensive steak houses in New York City to small seafood dives on the East End of Long Island (where I find it to be, ironically, far better than in Manhattan). I had that perfect bowl for lunch today, at the Greenport Tea Company. Located about as far east of Manhattan as you can get (next stop: Ireland?), this quaint little tea shop sells infusers and loose tea by the ounce but also serves a terrific lunch. I eat here about once a month, but today's soup took the gold medal. Every slurp was a delight! Fresh-tasting clams, with a perfectly spicy red base that wasn't watery. When I went to compliment chef Jenette, she said she hadn’t made it in two years. I begged her to make it a regular.
An added bonus is that your soup is served with their sinfully rich, melt-in-your-mouth corn bread. Even the small size soup is plentiful; the large coupled with the 2 thick slices of corn bread easily makes a meal.