Fully baked! Red Hook eatery to host clambake next month

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Kevin’s restaurant in Red Hook is having its first anniversary, but customers will get a nice gift: an all-you-can-eat, completely affordable clambake.

Even better, all the bivalves at the Sept. 10 will be caught by Kevin Moore, the chef and co-owner of the eponymous, 25-seat Van Brunt Street eatery.

Moore has been clamming near Montauk all summer, and has finally gotten so good at it that he thinks he’ll be able to dig up enough to fill his customers’ plates. And he’ll let the shellfish speak for themselves.

“I want to keep it as pure and simple as possible — garlic, white wine, butter for the clams, and maybe some peppers,” he said.

The feast will be served buffet-style and will also feature a saffron fish stew. The restaurant doesn’t have a liquor license, so make sure to bring your own libation.

While the party is ostensibly for the restaurant, Caroline Parker, Moore’s partner, said that it was also a reward for the community that has supported Kevin’s in its first year.

“There’s a $10 suggested donation to help us cover our costs, but anyone is welcome to join us for whatever he can pay,” she said. “There’s something very simple and very direct about having Kevin get the food himself and cook it and share it that’s very beautiful.”

Clambake at Kevin’s [277A Van Brunt St. between Pioneer Street and Visitation Place in Red Hook, (718) 596-8335], Thursday, Sept. 10, 7 pm. For info, visit

Updated 5:41 pm, August 20, 2009
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