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“An old fashioned Italian neighborhood restaurant”

Lenny's Clam Bar & Restaurant
Ranked #4 of 47 Restaurants in Howard Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $30
Cuisines: Italian, Seafood
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Good for: Kids, Families with children, Large groups, Special occasions, Business meetings
Dining options: Lunch, Drinks, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Delivery, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Television, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: 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!
Howard Beach, New York
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“An old fashioned Italian neighborhood restaurant”
Reviewed January 7, 2014

This restaurant has undergone many changes over the years.. When it was a rib joint it was good but much to pedestrian and then when it made the changeover to basically Italian & seafood with ribs & steaks thrown in it hit the big time! The food though is the key.. It has always been fresh and delicious! The first time I took my 3 year old granddaughter there she blew me away when she ate the complete plate of mussels in red sauce! She loved them so much she would not share so we ordered another for us -- and you know she was right!

The prices are reasonable and the quality is spot on..

Thanks Joe

  • Visited December 2013
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Thank Richard L
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JoeDeCandia, Guest Relations Manager at Lenny's Clam Bar & Restaurant, responded to this review, April 9, 2015
Although this response is long overdue, we wish to thank you for your patronage and are happy that you and your granddaughter enjoy coming here together. Thank you for taking the time to post such a positive review, and we look forward to having you dine with us again.

- The Management Team at Lenny's Clam Bar
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English first
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Great time.”
Reviewed January 7, 2014

Always great service, excellent food, wonderful atmosphere . Would recommend this place to anyone who is looking for great time!

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank Ritusechka
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JoeDeCandia, Guest Relations Manager at Lenny's Clam Bar & Restaurant, responded to this review, April 9, 2015
We are happy to hear that you had a great dining experience with us! Thank you for taking the time to post your positive review!

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new york city
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30 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Go as often as possible”
Reviewed December 6, 2013

The food here is fabulous and reasonably priced. Always have a fun time when we go, and the staff is friendly and very helpful if you are unsure about what to order. Would recommend this to anyone who is looking for a great meal!

  • Visited November 2013
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Thank jsanNYC
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JoeDeCandia, Guest Relations Manager at Lenny's Clam Bar & Restaurant, responded to this review, April 9, 2015
We realize this response is long overdue, but we wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for taking the time to post such a positive review! We look forward to serving you again,

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Bethpage, New York
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“Average Seafood, Average Service”
Reviewed September 16, 2013

Started off with Baked Clams and a dozen Little Necks , they were good, 29 minutes later got some fried Shrimp and Calamari it was ok Calamari a litlle rubbery, Scungelli was very rubbery and not hot, dessert was good, service was very slow! My friends were sorry we came here!

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank Not4Nutten
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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“Excellent Food, Excellent Service and a wonderful evening”
Reviewed September 8, 2013

Superb food and an excellent evening with friends. A varied selection of starters and appetisers including some wonderful mussels, and the calamari was to die for. The selection of main courses was very good and the desserts were 'melt in the mouth' especially the tiramasu.

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank Roglyn
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JoeDeCandia, Guest Relations Manager at Lenny's Clam Bar & Restaurant, responded to this review, April 9, 2015
Thank you for taking the time out of your day to post such a wonderful review. We realize this response is overdue, but we would like you to know that we value your patronage and look forward to serving you again!

- The Management Team at Lenny's Clam Bar
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