Recipes »Manhattan Clam Chowder

manhattan clam chowderJim says this is the best chowder he's ever had (keep in mind his only previous Manhattan Clam Chowder experience was Campbell's). Of course, I think the Manhattanites got the soup right, even though many people would dispute me (the people of Maine in particular, who in 1939 actually introduced a bill to outlaw the use of tomatoes in chowder in that state, but such an action seems so ludicrous that one wonders if the historians are mistaken and whatever the Mainers were asking for was just misunderstood because of their insane accents).

This version either originated as Coney Island Clam Chowder, or Fulton Street Clam Chowder, both names were popular during the “Mauve Decade” of the 1890's, where Ragtime was all the rage and Chekhov was king. No surprise, the new dish was served at the seriously inventive restaurant, Delmonico's.

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Posted on August 13, 2007

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