Anybody know where I can get fried Ipswich (with bellies) clams in Manhattan? I've had them at the Oyster Bar, and they're pretty good, but I don't always feel like schlepping up there. East Village or nearabouts preferred. Thanks!
Oh, and if anyone's ever cooked these at home, perhaps you could tell me: is it flirting with death by mollusk if I have the fish guy at Whole Foods or Citarella shuck clams for me, so I don't have to risk severing a thumb? I would jump in a cab, take the shucked clams home and instantly bread and fry them, so it wouldn't be a delay of more than half an hour from fishmonger to frying pan...oh, oysters too, of course.
Now I think of it, I vaguely recall seeing little tubs of shucked raw oysters at the Union Square Whole Foods, not long ago; presumably they could safely do the same for clams?