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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
PRICE RANGE
$10 - $30
Special Diets
Gluten Free Options
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Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
CUISINES
Italian, Seafood
FEATURES
Takeout, Seating, 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, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Delivery
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Reviewed October 2, 2020

The sauce is to be the best dip for their fried shrimp or calamari . The Chicken Franchisee is great with the Garlic olive oil Linguine . The baked clams are among the best in the city .

Date of visit: October 2020
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JoeDeCandia, Owner at Lenny's Clam Bar & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded October 10, 2020

We appreciate your 5 Star review! We appreciate the fact that you took the time to post and enjoyed our many specialties!

Reviewed March 5, 2020

Has been here as long as I can remember, great Italian style seafood and traditional dishes many have copied but this is the original

Date of visit: January 2020
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JoeDeCandia, Owner at Lenny's Clam Bar & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded March 12, 2020

We appreciate your visit and review! Thank you for being such a loyal customer over the years.

Reviewed March 5, 2020 via mobile

I went to a bridal shower and there was a preset menu. The food wasn’t bad but I wasn’t impressed. The service was great and it was packed on the night I went. Overall, I’d try it again.

Date of visit: November 2019
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JoeDeCandia, Owner at Lenny's Clam Bar & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded March 12, 2020

Thank you for your feedback and review. We hope that you will pay us another visit so you can try our many menu options as well as traditional favorites!

Reviewed February 17, 2020 via mobile

We had a layover in New York our bartender at our hotel highly recommended Lenny’s clam bar & Restaurant. He told us we would not go wrong. I had the CHICKEN OREGANATA which was delicious, i was given the choice of potato and veggie or...pasta. I went with the veggie. The food was excellent would highly recommend going there if have the chance.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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JoeDeCandia, Owner at Lenny's Clam Bar & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded February 17, 2020

Thank you for your recent visit. We appreciate you recommendation and 5 Star review and hope that you will visit again next time you are in the NYC area!

Reviewed February 7, 2020 via mobile

Early happy hour. Chose to eat and drink at the bar counter.. Great staff and their attitude shows it.. Amazing service and friendly atmosphere. The food was amazing.. oysters and clam chowder to start.. Calamari was great.. ordered eggplant but full and taking it to...go.. I’ll be back to this establishment.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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JoeDeCandia, Owner at Lenny's Clam Bar & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded February 8, 2020

Thank you for your recent visit. It seems you really enjoyed your dining experience here and we appreciate your 5 Star review. We look forward to serving you again!

Reviewed January 12, 2020 via mobile

Crossed the Atlantic to meet up with family from NY. Took us to Lennys and it was fabulous. The fish platter is a real winner.

Date of visit: July 2019
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JoeDeCandia, Owner at Lenny's Clam Bar & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded January 12, 2020

We are glad your trip to NY was made special by a visit to Lenny’s. Thank you for your 5 Star review!!

Reviewed December 27, 2019 via mobile

Recommended by the front desk of our hotel we were very happy with our experience at this 45 year establishment. Not fancy but a great vibe that comes from service staff that’s been there a long time ( our waiter 25 years) they know how...to work together and support each other much to the guests benefit. Also seemed like most of the other guests were regulars based on the familiarity with the staff. We had mussles , linguine with white clam sauce, a lemony chicken Frances and chicken tenders for my grand daughter which were excellent too. Loved everything and finished up with tortoni and cannolis. My daughter who lived in brooklyn said she will definitely return and so will we when in the area.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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JoeDeCandia, Owner at Lenny's Clam Bar & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded December 29, 2019

Thank you for your visit. We are glad to hear that your hotel’s recommendation lived up to our reputation of providing quality food and service to visitors traveling from all over. We appreciate your 5 Star review and hope to serve you again next time...More

Reviewed November 12, 2019 via mobile

Staying overnight at the JFK Hampton Inn , which does not have restaurant facilities, before a flight we needed somewhere for dinner. Surprisingly this area is poorly served with the only choice being the Green Acres Mall or the group of Italian restaurants on the...access road to the beach, both a 25$ cab ride away. We chose Lenny’s because of its reviews and seafood bias. A typical family owned and operated Italian restaurant with the almost obligatory celebrity photographs it was typical of its genre in ambience, food, and price. The initial slightly brusque service changed over the course of the meal to smiles which we assume is typical for this slightly nervous area. Whilst not being worth a special visit it was perfectly adequate for dinner before an early morning flight.More

Date of visit: November 2019
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JoeDeCandia, Owner at Lenny's Clam Bar & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded November 20, 2019

Thank you for your recent visit. It is unusual to hear complaints about service here. It is unfortunate that you felt that you were not warmly welcomed, as we are a restaurant that is often frequented by JFK Airport travelers, as well as late night...More

Reviewed November 9, 2019 via mobile

My parents had brought me to Lenny's many times when I was young and when life brought me to Queens unexpectedly, hubby + I decided to stop in for lunch. I hadn't been here in maybe 30 years so it was very nostalgic. It was...hopping, even on a random Saturday afternoon. We were seated immediately and warm bread and fresh bruschetta was brought to the table. Our server was awesome. I opted for exactly what I always ate when I came here: fried calamari over linguini with medium sauce. It was delicious and exactly as I remembered. Calamari was tender + not greasy, pasta was perfectly al dente, portion was huge. Hubby had sole francese over linguini, also quite yummy. Overall, it was so nice to know that Lenny's is still fabulous after all of these years. The only thing to mention is that there is no lunch menu, only the dinner menu so while you're getting a large portion, you're paying dinner prices. I hope to make it back before another 30 years passes...!More

Date of visit: November 2019
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JoeDeCandia, Owner at Lenny's Clam Bar & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded November 20, 2019

We are so glad to hear your recent visit brought back wonderful memories! Thank you for your visit and 5 Star review, it is much appreciated.

Reviewed November 8, 2019 via mobile

Another great meal at Lenny's. Why does their simple bruschetta taste better than anyone else's? I don't know but it just does. The stuffed mushrooms and fried calamari were melt in your mouth delicious. The eggplant parm & filet of sole oreganatta were out of...this world and because of the size of the portions we had to take half home. Also the desserts were spectacular. Apple crumb pie with vanilla ice cream and whipped cream in a mug ... and a warm brownie with vanilla ice cream and whipped cream. Our waiters, Juan and Dave were fantastic. We will be back soon ! Thanks Joe !!!!More

Date of visit: November 2019
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JoeDeCandia, Owner at Lenny's Clam Bar & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded November 20, 2019

We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your meal and specialty desserts here on your last visit. Thank you for taking the time to post your review! We look forward to your next visit. -The Management Team at Lenny’s Clam Bar

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islandgirl913
July 22, 2018|
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Response from JoeDeCandia | Property representative |
Yes we do. Sorry for the late response.
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Response from JoeDeCandia | Property representative |
I will check with the owner. What are the first names?
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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.
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