Littleneck: Clam Shack + Burgers in Gowanus

Last Saturday we headed over to Gowanus for some food at Littleneck on 3rd Avenue. We had a party over at The Royal Palms a few blocks away and figured this would be a great place for the six of us to grab some food prior to exhausting ourselves playing shuffleboard. The place is pretty cool, and really has a Brooklyn Clam Shack vibe, also a great playlist consisting over Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, and The Beatles.

Also, they only take reservations via RESY (which are free) so download the app.


I started with a New Amsterdam New York Amber, which I stuck with all night. They also carried Ithaca Flower Power IPA, Captain Lawrence, Allagash White and some other beers on tap. They also had a full line of Narragansett bottles.

To start we ordered a dozen Kumamoto oysters which were extremely fresh, even the non-oyster matters gave them a try and liked them. They were plump and meaty, perfectly sized and served with the usual suspects of cocktail sauce, horseradish, and vinegar migonette. We also ordered Steamer Clams, Cast Iron Littleneck Clams, and New England Clam Chowder. I didn’t try the chowder as it is not something you can really share, but it got some really good reviews from the table. Some of these aristocrats just got back from Martha’s Vineyard and were comparing the chowder to The Black Dog Tavern. The steamers were okay, served with some clarified butter – nothing to special. The Cast Iron Littleneck Clams were great, and came with a piece of toast smothered in ricotta which made me ordering this a necessity. Highly recommend this dish, clams retained a lot of flavor from the broth. Just happy they were not ‘locally sourced’ from the nearby Gowanus Canal.

Me and the wife decided we would split a Connecticut Lobster Roll (no mayo, just clarified butter) and their Hamburger with cheddar and bacon jam. The lobster roll was good, happy I was able to get this without mayo and have some butter-soaked lobster meat on toasted bread. The burger was actually unreal, I would have never expected a burger from a clam shack to be good – but this was excellent. We ordered this medium-rare, and I put some ketchup and the smoky bacon jam on top of the patty. I haven’t tried many burgers in Brooklyn with the exception of the overly-hyped DuMont Burger (maybe just a bad experience) and Ramen Burger at Smorgasburg, and a few others – but this was the best I have had from the borough. I would travel back to Gowanus just for this burger. For my wife, who doesn’t really eat burgers to love it you know it was good.

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