Well, as my screen name implies, this is an ongoing quest. We volleyed this topic back and forth to the point of exhaustion some time ago, but some rules were being broken and it made for difficult reading. Lots of replies were for the best Ipswich clams around, and, predictably, the names of establishments throughout New England were liberally tossed about. Well, let's try this the original way, okay, gang? I want to know ONLY the best places to get this wonderful morsel IN NEW YORK. In fact, I'd prefer that we keep it to Metropolitan New York (Long Island, all 5 boroughs of NYC, Southern Westchester, Southwestern Connecticut and eastern New Jersey). This way, the clams you all cite will actually be obtainable. I think we all are aware that the good ones are simply going to be closest to the Cape and the north end of Boston. But, failing that desire to drive a zillion miles, what is good 'round these here parts?
I've tried Bigelow's on Long Island (no good, very expensive). Tried a place in Glen Head on Long Island called Crabby Dan's. Not only are the clams crappy, the entire menu is crappy, but they're friendly folk (so?). Haven't tried the places on eastern Long Island that have been mentioned here before (but I promise I will), and I'm willing to go as far as Westport, CT for a decent fried whole belly. I know about Mary's Fishcamp in Manhattan, but haven't been there either. Any NEW suggestions, group?