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Lenny's Clam Bar & Restaurant

16103 Crossbay Blvd, Howard Beach, NY 11414-3442
+1 718-845-5100
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  • Excellent51%
  • Very good25%
  • Average15%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible3%
Travelers talk about
“baked clams” (31 reviews)
“ribs” (9 reviews)
“seafood” (16 reviews)
Closes in 11 min
Italian, Seafood
$$ - $$$
16103 Crossbay Blvd, Howard Beach, NY 11414-3442
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Friendly staff, amazing food, and a bar what more can you ask for? Had a great time here! Pricing is fair.

Thank Kristi P
Reviewed March 12, 2018 via mobile

We ate here a few times while on buisness nearby, each time service was great, all the food we tried was delicious and fresh, I would definitely recommend this place.

Thank Monseyfire
JoeDeCandia, Owner at Lenny's Clam Bar & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded March 12, 2018

Thank you for taking the time to post your 5 Star review. We are glad to know that you can count on us for enjoyable business dining. -The Management Team at a Lenny’s Clam Bar

Reviewed February 11, 2018

My family and I have been patronizing this restaurant for many years and for many special occasions. For this particular birthday celebration we were a party of 16 (14 adults and 2 toddlers). We were seated in the back "party room" and the table was...More

Thank kainoy
JoeDeCandia, General Manager at Lenny's Clam Bar & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded February 12, 2018

We are so happy to hear that your birthday celebration was an enjoyable one. Thank you for choosing Lenny’s for your family’s celebration. We look forward to celebrating many more special occasions in the years to come! -The Management Team at Lenny’s Clam Bar

Reviewed January 16, 2018

Terrible food. Ordered calamari for appetizer and they were saggy and not cooked correctly. Pasta and clams were extremely fishy. Will not go again. Very bad experience.More

1  Thank 737disappointed
JoeDeCandia, Guest Relations Manager at Lenny's Clam Bar & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded January 19, 2018

It is unfortunate that you did not enjoy your dining experience with us. We pride ourselves on being in business for so long and the fact that our management works around the clock to address any issues with food and/or service. A mention to them...More

Reviewed January 13, 2018

To me this looked and felt really authentic old school Italian, but I'm no expert. The broiled scallops with pasta were delightful and the ambiance was of everyone loudly enjoying their dining experience. Service could have been a little quicker, but prolonging my dining experience...More

Thank Kevin M
JoeDeCandia, Guest Relations Manager at Lenny's Clam Bar & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded January 14, 2018

Thank you for your 5 Star review! We can assure you that we are in fact authentic old school Italian restaurant and are proud to say we have been in business for over 40 years. We are glad to hear that you e noted both...More

Reviewed December 28, 2017

We have dined at Lenny's on many occasions, and it's usually excellent. We came her after Thanksgiving, and it was far from our usual experience. Maybe it was the holiday? We surely felt far from thankful for this mediocre meal. Not sure WHAT happened last...More

2  Thank DiningWithWolfs
JoeDeCandia, Guest Relations Manager at Lenny's Clam Bar & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded December 30, 2017

One of the many reasons we are in business for over 40 years is the fact that we always have management on staff to accommodate any issues with food or service. A mention to management about your disappointment in your meal would have certainly been...More

Reviewed December 3, 2017

In the heart of Howard Beach, it is a staple and has been here for years. I had the veal parmesian with spaghetti, and it was a bit tough. Servings are large for which I made 2 meals out of it. Service was really great....More

Thank Jack F
JoeDeCandia, Guest Relations Manager at Lenny's Clam Bar & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded December 6, 2017

It seems your dining experience was not up to par with our usual standards. We not only pride ourselves on the highest quality food, but our management will go above and beyond to make sure every guest leaves satisfied. We hope you will take this...More

Reviewed November 19, 2017

We've been back to Lenny's on 3 separate occasions since my last review. We like the food here, so we come back, but recently, we've gone here a few different times over the past couple of months, as a couple, and with some friends as...More

2  Thank DiningWithWolfs
JoeDeCandia, Guest Relations Manager at Lenny's Clam Bar & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded November 25, 2017

We thank you for taking the time to post your review and appreciate all of your feedback. It is important for us to hear from our valued customers to maintain our high standards. We are glad that you found some favorites for you to enjoy,...More

Reviewed November 9, 2017 via mobile

Good and service are excellent. There is also a tremendous variety and many types of things to choice. Great for a seafood lover but even this of you that don't want seafood, many things to choose from. So good I even had a party there...More

Thank Sylvia K
JoeDeCandia, Guest Relations Manager at Lenny's Clam Bar & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded November 11, 2017

We appreciate the fact that you took the time to post your 5 Star review. Thank you for choosing Lenny's when it comes to special occasions as well. We appreciate your patronage and hope to see you here again. -The Mangement Team at Lenny's Clam...More

Reviewed November 8, 2017 via mobile

We wanted to have a great meal on a quick NYC stopover without having to go into Manhattan. On the recommendation of our hotels bellhop we ended up having an awesome dinner at Lenny’s. We arrived about an hour before close but we didn’t feel...More

Thank Kim C
JoeDeCandia, Guest Relations Manager at Lenny's Clam Bar & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded November 9, 2017

We are happy to hear your stopover resulted in a visit to Lenny's. Our central location by JFK airport often brings visitors from all over to our restaurant. We thank you for your 5 Star review and look forward to serving you again next time...More

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February 4, 2018|
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Response from JoeDeCandia | Property representative |
I will check with the owner. What are the first names?
May 5, 2016|
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Response from VFF63 | Reviewed this property |
I would say they will for a group of 6 or more. Call and ask, they have generous seating capability. Large main room and side rooms as well.
Michael S
March 26, 2015|
Response from JoeDeCandia | Property representative |
Good Morning- We are open until 2am and have a full menu and bar until closing. Since we are located only 5 minutes from JFK Airport, you should have a smooth transition to your next flight. We look forward to your visit... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$10 - $30
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Valet Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Private Dining, Delivery, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Families with children, Kids, Special occasions, Large groups
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
11:00 AM - 3:00 AM
11:00 AM - 3:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 16103 Crossbay Blvd, Howard Beach, NY 11414-3442
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Queens  >  Howard Beach
  • Phone Number: +1 718-845-5100
  • E-mail
THE STORY OF LENNY’S: Family Owned and Operated for over 40 Years ​My father, Joseph DeCandia, was born in Bari, Italy and came to America in 1956 at the age of 18. He took odd jobs as a dishwasher, a baker and a butcher. In 1958 he took a job at “Lenny’s Pizza” in Brooklyn on 86th Street where he started to learn the pizza business. A year later he went to work at “Lenny’s Pizza” on Nostrand Avenue which he later purchased in 1960. In 1969 my father decided to expand and opened “Lenny’s Pizza” on Cross Bay Blvd and 160th Avenue. Still wanted to grow in 1973, her purchased Ernie’s Bar on a handshake, located at 161-03 Cross Bay Blvd. He took this small bar and developed it into “Lenny’s Clam Bar” which opened on January 11, 1974. His original menu (which is posted on the entrance wall) consisted of only a few items, including his now popular medium-hot sauce. Business started off slower than expected so my father decided to try TV commercials featuring himself and some then famous celebrities. I realized while working alongside my father that together with hard work, great food, good service and his personal attention what truly can be attributed to Lenny’s popularity and fame was him inviting people into his restaurant by saying “Ask for Joe and get a free glass of wine on the house.” We continue to use all the finest ingredients and highest quality products with the same recipes, traditions and values that Lenny’s was built on. My father passed away in 2002. Today “Lenny’s Clam Bar” is still operated and run by myself and my family. Come and enjoy a wonderful dinner. Buon Appetito!
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