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A rainy day, a bowl of chowdah

In the opening passage of

In the opening passage of "Moby-Dick," when Ishmael feels a "damp, drizzly November" in his soul, Melville figures it's time for his whaler to go to sea. An alternative: New England-style clam chowder with applewood-smoked bacon, as served at H2O Seafood Grill in Smithtown. Photo Credit: Newsday / Rebecca Cooney

Call me . . . hungry. Or Ishmael, Peter or Michael. But not Lee, Katia or especially Irene. I'm rain-soaked and ready for chowder.

Herman Melville devoted a passage to chowder in "Moby Dick," describing a place where you could eat it all day, to the point that you expected fish bones to exit your clothes.

On Long Island, you can dive into deep red Manhattan-style chowder and reddish Rhode Island-style. Maybe there's a milky Connecticut chowder out there, too.

I'm sticking with New England-style. I've had fine ones at H2O in Smithtown and at the two branches of Legal Sea Foods, in Huntington Station and Garden City.

But I'm hungry and ready for more. If you find one, let me know.

It's only September, but there's already  a "damp, drizzly November in my soul."

Photo: H2O's chowder.

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