Our History

Biggie’s Clam Bar was founded in 1946 by Joseph Yaccarino. One of twelve children, he was just an infant when his parents brought him to the United States from Naples, Italy, in 1900. In the 1930s he performed as a comedian under the stage name “Biggie”. By 1941, he decided to place his fate with clams.

Hoboken was a blue collared waterfront town at the time, populated with hundreds of taverns, to which “Joe Biggie” went corner to corner shucking raw clams from pails to eager patrons. Eventually he operated a pushcart, selling clams on the half shell for a nickel a piece. Joseph Biggie recruited his son Michael “Brother” into the business and in 1946, father and son opened Biggie’s Clam Bar on Madison Street. Biggie’s is still housed in the original red brick building and has since become a Hoboken institution, right along with Frank Sinatra and baseball. Biggie’s is best known for its family atmosphere and, second to none, raw clams on a half shell. In 1996, Biggie’s was handed to the 3rd generation of family members and underwent an expansion to its current size. Through the dynamic changes Hoboken has undergone in the last 65 years, Biggie’s has stood for tradition, quality, consistency and stability.

April 2010 dawned another new beginning for Biggie’s, as it made its long awaited debut in Bergen County, on Route 17 in Carlstadt, NJ, run by the fourth generation of family. Biggie’s first full service, full bar, restaurant has a different look than its Hoboken predecessor, but still keeps the same family owned feel. Biggie’s traditional menu from Hoboken is complimented by new exciting items, including oysters, tuna tacos and a number of high quality entrees and pasta dishes. The Route 17 location includes the opportunity to pair your meal with any of 18 draft beers and many more bottles. With nine televisions in the bar room and another six in the dining room, Biggie’s is an excellent place to catch all the games.

In April 2012, exactly two years after opening on Route 17, Biggie’s returned to Hoboken in its new full service format. Located at the former site of the legendary Clam Broth House, just seconds off the PATH train, Biggie’s brings its own history and tradition to a new part of town. With the same menu that has been enjoyed by many in our Carlstadt location, 22 beers on tap and 19 televisions surrounding diners, Biggie’s is ready to serve a new set of Hobokenites with a fun, casual and quality dining experience. The newest Biggie’s also offers a private dining area seating 40 people available for any occasion including happy hours, business outings and family parties.

The newest chapter in our story began in October 2013, with the opening our Ramsey location on Route 17. Ramsey is our largest location and is set up as a very defined bar and dining room allowing us to continue to provide a casual and comfortable experience. There are “best of” elements of this location, as we also feature a private dining room and an outdoor patio, popular features of other current locations. We’re also eager to start lunchtime deliveries to area businesses out of this location and we’re happy to give customers of our current locations a new option closer to home.

We’re really excited about our most recent locations and the chance to serve a new and diverse set of customers. At the same time, we’ll always remember where we came from, and those loyal customers who have supported us the whole time. Through four generations, we are guided by the values and principles, honed and passed down since 1946, that empower our staff to provide you with an excellent dining experience. Biggie’s has always stood, and will continue to stand, for tradition, quality, consistency, stability and a firm commitment to our customers, our employees, our suppliers and our community.

Thank you so much for joining us.

Our Values

At Biggie’s we are guided by a set of values and principles, honed by members of our family since 1946, that empower our staff to provide you with an excellent dining experience. Biggie’s has always stood for tradition, quality, consistency, stability and a firm commitment to our customers, our employees, our suppliers and our community.

We commit to:

  • Prepare the freshest, highest quality menu items, including all shellfish and seafood
  • Assure you of a casual, comfortable dining and bar environment at all times
  • Provide you with friendly, courteous and smiling service by a member of our team
  • Deliver, timely and efficiently, all foods and beverages, prepared to your satisfaction
  • Quickly address any request that will enhance your dining experience in a thoughtful manner
  • Allow you to speak with a manager immediately upon request
  • Value and act on customer and employee feedback in order to drive us towards positive change
  • Be an active and productive member of the communities in which we operate
  • Encourage you to return through exceeding your expectations on a continuous basis