Littleneck looks like a spot you’d find in a town on Cape Cod where locals in wool sweaters casually use terms like “squall” and “windward.” It may sound gimmicky for a place in Gowanus to have buoys and rope knots hanging on the walls, but the seafood here is good enough that you won’t see it that way. They have a raw bar and a solid lobster roll, but our favorite thing is a bowl of clams and shredded lamb with Middle Eastern spices. Just keep in mind that this place is cash-only.
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