Randazzo's Clam Bar
Serving Brooklyn since 1932
Our family’s history in the seafood business in New York City dates back nearly a century. Around 1920, Sam Randazzo, our great-great grandfather, opened the family’s first seafood market on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. After more than a decade on the Lower East Side, Sam moved the family business along with his wife and four children to Sheepshead Bay, a fishing community located in South Brooklyn, in 1932. At the time, the area was primarily farmland and dirt roads with fishing boats and a few local businesses occupying the waterfront.
The new fish market was located on Emmons Avenue near Sheepshead Bay Road. Over the next thirty years, Sam and his family sold fresh fish and seafood to the local community and added a lobster market next door. Sam’s daughters, Mary, Elena and Anna, developed an interest in the family business and learned how to cook using their grandmother’s recipes. In addition to raw seafood, the family began using the recipes to serve specialty dishes, such as fried calamari (Gal-a-Mah) with spicy tomato sauce.
To be honest, prior to my latest visit I never knew Randazzo's was featured on Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations in 2012, and nor did I need it to be featured on that show to know that this institution existed near me. For almost all of my life, I lived near one of the great seafood establishments in Brooklyn, located way too far south for some to "trek" to, but very well worth the long train ride.
Love this restaurant that's been in my neighborhood for over 30+ years. Been here many times with my friends and family. Their Manhattan Clam chowder is sooo good. If you want good Italian Seafood this is a must try. I love their Steamers. We went last night and they didn't have any because it's not on season. We ordered s dozen cherry stones, chicken cutlet parmigiana, mixed seafood rigatoni & linguini in white clam sauce. Everything was delicious.
“I’m now 45 and have been eating here since I was a kid. This is the last of the mohicans of Sheepshead Bay. The best of the best. I now live in Philly and a Chef make my up , just to eat here. Randazzos is a must eat and the best of the best.”