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Apps Only: Summertime Seafood Fix at Mary's Fish Camp

New York Ben Fishner Post a comment

When it gets as hot and muggy as it has been the last couple of weeks in New York, I get seafood on the brain. And while I can't make it to New England for the real deal, there are plenty of options in the city for a quick fix. With a serious hankering for fried clams, I found myself at the counter at Mary's Fish Camp this week, trying to see if I could string together an affordable, satisfying meal, and the West Village institution delivered. More

TGI Fry-Day: Fried Clam Roll at Mary's Fish Camp

New York Jessie Pascoe Post a comment

The first bite is a mix of flavors and textures: the pipping hot clams rest over a cooling celery root remoulade—made even more flavorful thanks to capers, red onions and chives—and it's all cradled in a fresh roll, next to a refreshing side of slaw. Of course, the fried clams dominate the dish: these battered mollusks are crispy, crunchy and copious. Such roll overflow necessitates extensive utensil work, but, when each mouthful tastes this good, who cares if a knife and fork come to the rescue? More

Sandwiches That Will Change Your Life

New York Ed Levine 9 comments

For the September Details Magazine (on newsstands now) I wrote a story on 22 sandwiches that will change your life. It's worth buying the magazine for Anthony Cotsifas' pictures alone. Here's some of the story cut for space reasons: There... More

The State(s) of Fried Clams

Ed Levine 21 comments

Having just come from a thoroughly disappointing meat at NY's latest attempt at a clam shack, Ditch Plains, I began to ruminate on how much I love fried clams. With Memorial Day, the official start of the fried clam eating season, just around the corner, here is my absolutely incomplete guide to eating fried clams in the NYC area, Connecticut, and Massachusetts, with a southern Maine spot thrown in for good measure. The descriptions of the clams themselves will be minimal. As I discovered a couple of years ago when I went on a ten clamshack eating adventure with Dave Pastnernack, the chef of Esca, fried clams are either really good (sweet, nutty, crisp and greaselessly fried with no breading... More

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