The names of Clinton and Delancey Streets were married together to create Clancey, a new restaurant on New York’s Lower East Side. Bennifer, Tomkat, and Brangelina didn’t make it, but we are hoping that Clancey does. A low-key spot with high notes of some re-thought American classics makes this a spot you will want to eat at with some Instagram worthy dishes also worthy of your appetite.
The owners are NYC hospitality vets, Todd Birnbaum and Denis Bogart. This is Denis’s 15th venture (His first was a place called Shampu, in what is now Drexlers) and Todd has been working the NYC restaurant scene since the club heydays of Limelight, having been involved with numerous memorable openings over the years.
Crowd pleasing is really what this local is about. The burger itself is above average with treats like fried onions and lemon pecorino. Clancey elevates the average while still being approachable in most of its dishes. It does this with things like the beer cheese for the pretzels actually being made on site with house pilsner and with subtle treats like “secret oil” which seasons the base of the shrimp grits.
Clancey is a hybrid, not too fancy and not too simple either. If you have a group and are looking for a good place to eat and drink before hitting the town in the ever- crazy Lower East Side, this may be your spot. It has a rock-n-roll type aesthetic coupled with good food that seeks to go beyond the norm while still catering to universal tastes.