Since it was doing nothing but raining I decided to try Bigelow's (on Sunrise hwy and Long Beach Rd)and Buoy for the first time. The fried clams at Bigelow's are an enigma to me. They seem to care about their food. The side of coleslaw was crispy, fresh and creamy without being overly sweet or having too much mayo, the clams were crispy on the outside without too much breading and not greasy at all and were nice and hot. However, they had no flavor. They had a "clam" aftertaste at the most. I am curious if the clams are made in-house or if they get them from a ready made for the fryer from a distributor. The consistency didn't tatse like it was previously frozen, like I say they were crispy and non greasy at all. My real gripe is the price. It cost $21.00+ for a large order with slaw and a Poland Spring. It's disheartning when the free condiments weigh twice as much as your main course.
Buoy's fried clams were a bit better but not by much. They were certainly bigger and certainly whole bellies. Again, crispy and not greasy. But, again, not too much flavor. And, they only cost around $12.00 sans side. I also had a warm shellfish medley salad. Bay scallops, shrimp, mussels and little necks on top of mixed greens with garlic vinegrette. The shrimp were tasty but had that "just thawed" taste. Some of the mussels were good, some were not. The clams,again some good, some not. The scallops were attrocious. They tasted old. They had that strong fishy taste that usally happens when fish has been out in the air too long. The vinegrette tasted like a mix of garlic powder, sugar and Gulden's mustard. So too make up for all this I went down the road and stopped in Spicy chicken. I ordered half a fried. That wasn't too good either. Just salty skin with a very sugary, non-too spicy dressing. The macroni salad was from the supermarket and the collard greens were just awful. I have no idea what was in them. They tasted like vinegar.
If it means anything, the staff at all three places were very professional and courteous.
I think it's a shame that there aren't to many good seafood places in NYC/LI. Next! Minnows in Park Slope.