Stopped by a true-to-its-name 'chowder shack' in Williamsburg the other day. It's called "Hurricane Hopeful," a tiny hole-in-the-wall at 218 N.7th (just off of Driggs and steps from the L on Bedford).
All I can say is WOW! What a treat to stumble upon.
The owner is a super-friendly guy in his late 20s/early 30s who told me he lived in Truro,Cape Cod for several years - and it shows. His menu is composed of chowders only with the requisite clam leading the way. "Sarge's" clam chowder is the real deal, imo - meaty clams strewn throughout the soup, fresh herbs, chunky potatoes, and lots of bacon. Very reasonably priced,too, if you ask me - I think a pint was around $5 and change. He's also got a yummy, sweet Carribean Veg chowder as well as a Salmon and Potato chowder (didn't try that one yet but according to the menu, he's using Norwegian salmon). I think he may have one more but it escapes my memory right now.
Anyhow, the place has a really cool vibe - kind of a nautical theme in a genuine (not cheesey!) expression of its New England roots. Lots of newspapers on the window with references to hurricanes and the like, some netting and paddles and other paraphenalia on the walls inside. Seems like a fun place to sit in (very limited seating, though) on a rainy day sipping killer chow-dah.
Try it, folks. If you're like me, you will keep going back and slurping it on the subway as I have done a couple of times now.