The team behind Torrisi Italian Specialties, Parm, and the hit Carbone, recently opened up another joint, a few doors down from Carbone, called ZZ's Clam Bar. It's a small..very small- (8 seats at tables, 4 at a side bar) cocktail lounge with amazing seafood dishes.
I stopped in a week ago and was blown away with the amazing and unique fare being served here. A few things to note though: 1. The place is not cheap. In fact, it's very pricey. If you are on a budget, this place is not for you. Each cocktail will cost you $20. The food is definitely awesome. But some dishes come at a price. Just want to stress that. I dropped $242 including tip just on myself. I indulged on 3 cocktails (which is $60) right there!) 2. There is a bouncer out front. The place is small, so I guess I can understand that. I recommend making a reservation though, because the bouncer would not let me in at first, which I strongly dislike. But, that being said, if you are a foodie like me, and don't care about prices when it comes to culinary adventures, ZZ's Clam Bar is worth checking out. And here is why:
Cocktail #1: "Smoke": Islay Scotch, Grenadine, Curry Leaf. Amazing.
A canape of razor clams was one of the best bites I've had all year.
Oysters were pure perfection.
Uni Toast was an orgasm in my mouth. Yea, per usual with me and sea urchin, I'm addicted. I've had plenty of sea urchin toasts in my life, the one at ZZ's is quite sensational.
A ceviche of lobster, coconut, and chili, was both awesome and wonderful. True Fabulousness.
Cocktail #2: "Cherry": rye, mezcal, spices. Awesome.
Seared live scallop, Sicilian pistachios, and brown butter. This dish was unbefuckingleivable. Jaw-dropping. Orgasmic. Magical.
Carpaccio of tuna, foie gras, and bone marrow was $56. It was silky and delicious.
You can end with the perfect key lime pie. Well, you should end with it, cause it's just perfect.
So there you have it. A little magical culinary adventure at a very small cocktail lounge, with truly awesome and unique fare. If you got cash to spend, check it out.
ZZ's Clam Bar
169 Thompson St. (bet. Bleecker and Houston)
New York, NY 10012