• Best Clam Spots in Hoboken + Jersey City {For Any Craving}

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    It’s National Clams on the Half Shell Day {yes, we realize that’s an insane holiday to celebrate, BUT it gives us the perf excuse to indulge in all the clam goodies Hoboken and Jersey City have to offer}. Whether you like them raw, stuffed, in pasta, in soup, or even on pizza {yes, for realz} several restaurants in both towns have got you covered. Check out the best spots in Hoboken and Jersey City to get your clam fix on this foodie holiday {or any day, obviously}.

    Hoboken

    Leo’s Grandevous {200 Grand Street, Hoboken}

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    Leo’s is a true Hoboken staple serving up traditional Italian fare in the ultimate old-school Hoboken atmosphere. If you’re dining here and have a craving for clams, you are in the right place — they have several clam-dishes on the menu:

    Manhattan Clam Chowder 

    Clams Oregeanato

    Clams Possillippo {over pasta}

    Clams on the Half Shell

    Baked Clams

    Clams, Shrimp, + Mussels in Garlic Sauce

    Linguine in Clam Sauce {red or white}

    Truth be told, you really can’t go wrong at Leo’s.

    Tutta Pesca {153 3rd Street, Hoboken}

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    When you’re at a restaurant that is known for their fresh fish, well, spoiler alert — everything’s amazing when ordering clams. Whether you order them as an appetizer or in your meal {or both}, you will surely be pleased.

    Top Neck / Little Neck Clams + Clams on the Half Shell

    Baked Clams — panko, kale, parmesan cheese, and olive oil

    Linguine with Clams and Pancetta Pasta

    Zuppa Di Pesca — over homemade linguine pasta or spinach with 1/2 lobster, shrimp, scallops, mussels, clams, and calamari.

    Tutta Pesca Traditional Risotto Ai Frutti Di Mare — with clams, calamari, shrimp, mussels, and scallops in a Mediterranean sauce.

    Biggie’s {36-42 Newark Street, Hoboken}

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    If you want clams, Biggie’s has them, and A LOT of them at that — even clam pizza {mmhmm, sorry Tony Boloney’s this is a real thing}. This OG Hoboken spot has an insane menu full of clams made in just about every way possible; they even have an entire section of the menu dedicated to them, listed below for your ordering pleasure:

    Manhattan Clam Chowder + New England Clam Chowder

    Clams on the Half Shell — self explanatory

    Rockefeller — broiled with a creamy spinach and parmesan mix

    Casino — broiled with minced bacon, peppers, and onions

    Roasted — roasted on an open fire grill served with drawn butter

    Southern Fried — fried than broiled with lemon butter, minced red onions, garlic, and parmesan

    Oreganata — stuffed with oreganata bread crumbs and broiled

    Steamed — steamed in a buttery garlic beer broth with red pepper flakes

    Fried — lightly floured and fried, served with homemade tarter sauce

    Clam Pizza — mozzarella, ricotta cheese, clams, onions, herbs, and garlic

    Biggie’s Po Boy — fried whole belly clams with tarter sauce atop red cabbage and tomatoes on Italian bread

    Seafood Fiesta — shrimp, scallops, clams, mussels, calamari, crab meat and linguine simmered in your choice of sauce

    Linguine in Clam Sauce {white or red}.

    Halifax {225 River Street at the W Hotel, Hoboken}

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    There’s just nothing better than dining on the waterfront and eating fresh seafood. Halifax has a number of delish seafood dishes, many that are perfect for a clam holiday celebration:

    Long Island Little Necks + New England Clam Chowder

    Main Blue Cod — New Jersey clams, green garbanzo, nduja, crème fraiche

    Seafood Stew — cod, clams, mussels, shrimp, scallops, squid, fennel, spicy tomato broth, grilled bread.

    READ: Places to Take Hoboken Visitors: {Where to Eat, Drink, + Go}

    Stingray Lounge {1210 Washington Street, Hoboken}

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    Stingray Lounge is the ultimate spot for all the raw bar deliciousness, so of course they’re whipping up some clam dishes, too. Order a martini and enjoy some of the fresh seafood from their raw bar = an ideal date night. On the menu:

    Raw Cherrystone Clams + Raw New Jersey Clams

    Clams Oreganata — little necks topped with bread crumbs, garlic, parmigiano-reggiano, oregano, + fresh parsley

    Steamed Little Neck Clams — white wine, garlic butter, + parsley.

    Trattoria Saporito {328 Washington Street, Hoboken}

    This classic Italian spot is serving up some of the yummiest pasta in town {made-to-order from scratch!}, but don’t pass up on their clam dishes, most importantly the Risotto Ai Frutti Di Mare — rice, shrimp, squid, clams in white sauce.

    Jersey City

    Laicos {67 Terhune Avenue, Jersey City}

    One of Jersey City’s fave spots for authentic Italian fare {off-the-beaten path}, Laicos offers many classic dishes that include seafood and clams. Choose from Baked Clams and Zuppa di Clams, and totes unrelated BUT be sure to get their chicken parm regardless.

     

    GP’s {236 Pavonia Avenue, Jersey City}

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    GP’s might be famous for their meatballs, but their seafood is pretty good, too. Still order the meatballs, but try out these clam dishes: Clams Oreganate + Clams Zuppa for a fresh take on the OG dishes.

    See More: South Street Fish & Ramen Co. in Hoboken

    Light Horse Tavern {199 Washington Street, Jersey City}

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    Light Horse has an impressive raw bar menu full of oysters, shrimp, mussels, lobster, and of course, Little Necks, Top Necks, and Cherrystones. Come for the clams, stay for the cozy vibe. You’ll be happy you made the trek!

    There you have it! This was a tough job doing clam research 🤤, but someone’s gotta do it. Enjoy National Clams on the Half Shell Day, and enjoy your clams which ever way you choose to eat them.

    Where’s your favorite spot to grab some clams? Share with us in the comments!


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    Briana is a born-and-raised Hoboken Girl who embraces both the new and old aspects of the Mile Square. She’s a freelance writer, works in social media, and more importantly (but not really) — a cat lover and total foodie. When she’s not working, she can be found convincing herself to buy something at Sephora or Target, eating mussels with her fiancé at Leo’s, or planning her next Disney vacation.


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