So my family is all of a sudden on a clam fix -- my 3 yo daughter especially can't get enough pasta alle vongole. This weekend I made a terrific version but I got the clams in Bensonhurst and that's hard for me to get to since I don't have a car. I work in Manhattan and it might be easier to get clams here, but I need advice on where to go.
The clams in Bensonhurst were very small -- they were white and about one inch in diameter -- the kind you can serve with the shells in the pasta (which is part of the charm for my daughter.) I think they may be called Manila clams, but I'm not sure.
Anyone have any suggestions on who might sell really fresh, really tiny clams? Do you think Whole Foods or Fairway would sell them? How about Chinatown? If Chinatown makes sense, can someone provide a relatively specific address or cross street? I'm not a big fan of Chinatown overall so I generally avoid it, but I've heard that their fish is usually very fresh.
Thanks in advance!