Best Fried Clams (2008)
Robert Sietsema: The Littlenecks fry up crisp, rubbery, tendrilous, profuse, and ungreasy at Umbertos Clam Bar. I prefer the Bronx branch, which boasts a barn-like dining room and pretty tables out on the street that make the place look almost Parisian, at the quintessential Belmont corner of 188th and Arthur Avenue. Squeeze on the lemon and prepare to chew!
Sarah DiGregorio: At Bigelows Fried Clams, juicy, big-bellied Ipswitch clams are sizzled in the fryers behind the counter to order. Crunch through the thin, crunchy breading and clam brine gushes under your teeth. Yes, its over the border from Queens in Long Island, but if youre serious about fried clams, youll get there.