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ZZ's Clam Bar

Hours may not be accurate

New York
Seafood Restaurant
$$$$
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Tues6:00 PM - 1:00 AM
Wed6:00 PM - 1:00 AM
Thu6:00 PM - 1:00 AM
Fri6:00 PM - 1:00 AM
Sat6:00 PM - 1:00 AM
ZZ's Clam Bar

169 Thompson St (at Houston)

New York, NY 10012

ZZ's Clam Bar does just what you'd expect New York to do to a tiny seafood kitchen: make it exclusive, extravagant, and exceedingly expensive. A bouncer out front enforces the reservations-only policy, which are not so easy to come by considering there are only 12 seats in the brick-walled space. The kitchen turns out high-end, mostly raw seafood that goes far beyond the namesake raw bar clams: you can expect a changing lineup of small plates like fruit-topped snapper fillet and trout roe on toast. The cocktails are as well-made as they are high-priced. Don't even think about slipping the pearl-handled utensils in your purse.