AOL’s City’s Best Guide to New York gave top honors to Randazzo’s Clam Bar (2023 Emmon’s Ave.) in its seafood category.
The neighborhood staple beat out such elite eateries as Le Bernardin and the Aquagrill in Manhattan, as well as other sea critter cookers around the city. Around since the 1920s, Randazzo’s is a relic of a waterfront that was once lined with world-class seafood restaurants, so if you haven’t already, make sure you hit it up at least once before it’s turned into a condo.
Since 1920, this unpretentious clam bar has been dishing up fresh seafood raw, fried or cooked under its famous spicy tomato sauce. The giant plate of lobster pasta — chunks of pinky-white sweet meat, royal-red sauce and slithering noodles — can feed two people for less than $20. Beloved by locals, Randazzo’s even has a to-go window facing busy Emmons Ave. Order a half-dozen raw clams or oysters — plucked from the avalanche of shaved ice and pried open before your eyes — and eat them on the canal’s pedestrian bridge. Hearty chowders and fried calamari pile on the flavor, while the old-school Brooklyn-ese waitstaff piles on the other kind of flavor. Are you still in NYC? Yes. Are you still in the 21st century? No way.
[Via SB/PB Civic Association]