Critics favorite, Semilla, closed unexpectedly last year. Thankfully, a new restaurant called Casino Clam Bar has quietly opened from the same owners in its place. Casino Clam Bar is an 18-seat restaurant offering a high-end take on a Jersey Shore clam bar. They have stiff competition, with seafood favorites Maison Premiere and Extra Fancy just around the corner but, given their popularity, there’s always room for more.
Joe Carroll, one of Brooklyn’s top restauranteurs and the creator and owner of critically acclaimed restaurants Fette Sau, St. Anselm, Spuyten Duyvil, and the Michelin Starred Semilla, opens Casino clam bar in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Teaming up with Jeremiah Del Sol, former head chef at Bar Bolonat, they have created Casino as a slightly elevated and modern take on the Jersey Shore clam bars both Joe and Jeremiah grew up eating at on summer vacations.
The intimate jewel box space seats just 18 guests along a central U shaped counter where they can casually snack on a wide range of seafood and drink from a well curated beer and wine list featuring Joe’s signature mix of classic producers and young natural wine makers. The menu is a great mix of old and new classics from clam chowder and uni pasta to a large steamer pot filled with a variety of shellfish for two to share. Paired on the menu with Joe and Jeremiah’s recipes are a small selection of Spanish conservas and Pretrossian caviars.
Beginning December 1st these will be part of Cavihour, running from 5-6 daily. Cavihour will feature shockingly inexpensive caviar, conserva, Champagne and sparkling wine. Casino is Joe’s ninth restaurant. Known for his unique take on American classics, Joe Carroll brought the craft beer world to greater heights with Spuyten Duyvil in 2003, created the new modern world of urban barbecue with Fette Sau in 2007, and took on a new approach to the New York steakhouse with St. Anselm in 2011. Joe is also partners with acclaimed restauranteur Stephen Starr in Philadelphia (Fette Sau) and Washington D.C. (St. Anselm, coming March 2018)
Casino Clam Bar
160 Havemeyer Street (at S. 2nd)
Menu (Soft Opening)