(Photo: Rockaway Clam Bar’s Instagram)
Earlier this month, when we shared the lineup of food vendors at Riis Park Beach Bazaar, we noted that one of the newcomers this season would be Rockaway Clam Bar. Now we have some more information to share about the seafood purveyor that’ll take over for Wildfeast as that vendor focuses on its new Long Beach restaurant. Turns out that the folks behind Rockaway Clam Bar, which soft-opened yesterday and will fully open this weekend, are Susan Povich and Ralph Gorham of Red Hook Lobster Pound. The couple, who split their time between Red Hook and Rockaway, are focusing on the sort of New England-style grub you might find at Bigelow’s Fried Clams, the throwback clam shack over in Rockville Center, Long Island. Think clam rolls, clam-strip sliders, clam chowder, and peel-and-eat shrimp.
Naturally, there’ll be a lobster roll, as well. Unlike the Connecticut, Maine, and Tuscan style rolls you can score at the Pound’s Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Montauk locations, this one will be stuffed with fried lobster (and lobster caramel!).
Check out the menu here, and notice the abundance of Old Bay. It’s in the elote, on the brussels sprouts, on the loaded cheese tots, you name it. Practically the only thing it isn’t in is the frozen watermelon salad, which looks like an absolute necessity on a hot summer day.
Rockaway Clam Bar at Riis Park Beach Bazaar, Jacob Riis Park, Bay 9, open daily during the summer, noon to 9pm.