Great part of staying in town over a long weekend in NYC is getting to try new places when they're empty and friendly. Hostess from Little Owl sent me over to The Clam, open two months. Really nice vibe. Lovely btg wine list, including a sparkling vouvray that I started my meal with.
Had the shrimp cocktail campechana which was an accurate version of the beachside version one gets in Mexico on the Pacific coast, at least to me. It has that sweet and vinegary flavor of ketchup which sounds bad, but to me lends an authentic touch, yet not cloying. NO HFC. Served with totopos - fresh fried tortilla chips - and raw vegetables in a delicious cup of green goddess dressing. Oh, that was alongside an amazing parker roll which BLOWS AWAY the John Dory's. My main was one large softshell crab with a slaw, not wet, but fresh and filling. And an Argiolas from sardegna.
Service was warm and neighborhoody. Chef Price in the kitchen. Barback saw me taking off the green label from my mini bottle of tabasco to add to my campechana and then spent about 8 minutes doing the same to all of them. I mentioned to him and he said he noticed me having done it and he didn't want guests to have to do that themselves. Love is in the details :)