Culinary Advice

Knowing what kind of impact trade speculation has had in New York and Boston, the AL East rivals expected to be vigorous in their pursuit of him, Johnson offered a joke. Asked what he recalled about a past visit to Boston, Johnson said: “I was really torn between Manhattan clam chowder and Boston clam chowder. Really torn.”

Dear Randy:

We’d love for you to come to Boston. I just wanted to clear something up. Manhattan Clam Chowder is NOT Clam Chowder. It’s god-awful watery tomato soup with clams. Real chowder is made with cream, potatoes, bacon. Only in New England can you get the rich, thick, buttery, smoky, and creamy stuff. Like at Davy’s Locker in New Bedford, or the heavenly mix conjured up by Paul McCormick at the Ebb Tide in Dennisport. If you come to Beantown, the first bowl’s on me. And if you end up NYC, stay away from the soup and stick to the Pizza.

4 comments… add one
  • Our thoughts: The Unit should avoid all of that Boston trayf and just come here to NY. If the prospect of another ring doesn’t motivate him, matzoh ball soup from the Second Avenue Deli should.

    YF July 13, 2004, 10:43 am
  • We don’t need to get in battle of the tastebuds between Boston and NYC, as I am pretty sure NYC will come out on top. Having lived in the Big Apple for 10 years I am not sure there is a better place for foodies. But Boston and New England deserve props for a couple of things they do far better than Gotham –
    Ice Cream. Hands down, best selection and best quality of any region in the country. Too many great places to even bother naming.
    Rustic seafood. Faux-thentic places like the Mermaid Inn in New York leave us gasping for the real stuff, like at the Bayside in Westport, MA, or any joint on the Cape. New York’s highbrow fishfood, like at Le Bernardin, blows away most other places anywhere, but if you are looking for a lobster roll or fried scallops, don’t bother straining yourself in New York.
    To it’s credit, New York wins on the pizza, steak, and streetdog front. Also on the 4-star blowout meal side of things. Now back to baseball.

    SF July 13, 2004, 10:56 am
  • SF is a true chow hound, of that there’s no debate, and I won’t quibble with his assesment. But I must note that he has forgotten the one element that caps NY’s superiority over Boston, and should be reason enough for the Unit to move to the Apple: take-out Chinese. There ain’t no First Wok in Beantown.

    Gen. Tso July 13, 2004, 12:59 pm
  • “but if you are looking for a lobster roll or fried scallops, don’t bother straining yourself in New York.”
    Actually Pearl Oyster and Mary’s Fish Camp do a pretty decent lobster roll, excellent fried oysters and very good New England Clam Chowder. But I must admit for the real rustic treat seaside in New England can’t be beat.

    bronxborn July 14, 2004, 1:29 am

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