RE: New England or New York Chowder
Nothing better than Manhattan Clam Chowder! I make mine with fresh celery, canned whole tomatoes, fresh carrots, fresh green pepper, fresh boiling potatoes, lots of fresh thyme, bay leaf, basil, lots of black pepper, salt, white wine, olive oil, clam juice and fresh or canned clams. Fresh or canned..It doesn't matter that much if the seasoning is right and the other ingredients are fresh. Personally, I like the canned clams better.
Very hard to find Manhattan Clam Chowder in restaurants.