Clamato: Sea in the City


Chef Bertrand Grébaut and Théo Pourriat’s seafood tapas bar is already a local favorite – only months after opening in November. Just next door to their hyped sister restaurant Septime (where reservations are sold out months in advance)  reservations aren’t accepted here, so the insider strategy is to come early or late to guarantee a spot.

Grab a seat at the long bar, one of the 4-top wooden booths against the wall – or a romantic table for two in at the far end of the room (which actually has the best views). The decor is relaxed, but pretty, having chosen neutral white, beige and aqua tones against honey-colored wood and brick.

The menu changes daily (printed on hand tinted paper with the day’s date) – and the creative and modern options are designed to share. Start off with Utah beach oysters followed by fish rillettes, and gigantic sea urchin …then hope that the baked razor clams dressed up with crushed peanuts and herb butter, scallops bathed in brown butter & cauliflower puree, octopus carpaccio with grapefruit pulp and anchovy, or smoked shrimp, roasted red pepper and white beans on toast are on the menu.  Libations can be gin monkey cocktails, Philomenn beer & natural producer-driven wines. For readers with a sweet tooth, don’t miss the maple syrup tart with Chantilly cream.

If you love the chipped white and blue Falconware as much as I did (British enamelware porcelain fused onto heavy-gauge steel) you can source it not far away at Merci.

Booking a table isn’t an option, so the secret on this spot is getting there early or late. Bonus? Open all day Sat & Sun.