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Dec 6, 2004 08:54 AM

Best Fresh Seafood Market

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Slightly OT...

Where can I find a great, fresh-as-possible seafood market in Manhattan? I'm looking for the store to have great product, good service with excellent knowledge of the differences among the varities offerered and good know-how regarding cooking strategies.

I need AK King Crab Legs, Lobster tails, halibut, larger scallops, etc for Christmas Eve dinner. Price is not a factor (yet).

Thanks in advance for any recs.


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  1. Citarella has the most knowledgeable counter help. Fairway has better prices but most of the counterstaff are not that knowledgeable with cooking instructions.

    I also like the selection and help at Whole Foods, Columbus Circle location.

    4 Replies
    1. re: clancy

      Citarella, Wild edibals, and Wholefoods are all overpriced for standard seafood. If you were looking for something special say walleye or fresh-water perch then fine...

      1. re: bluedog

        so where do you buy your fish?

        1. re: josh L

          you get what you pay for, right ??????

          1. re: brad

            That goes without saying with fish and seafood.

    2. The market at Chelsea Market is excellent although a little pricey. There are a few on 9th ave in the 40's that I also frequent and haven't been dissapointed. And lastly if you realy know your fish Chinatown is CHEAP and varried. Just be sure you know what you are buying.
      Good Luck

      1. By far the best around is Wild Edibles. Many of the city's top restaurants by wholesale from them. Very knowledgable. Grand Central Market is the best location, but there is a store on 3rd Avenue around 35th street.

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        1. re: rocky

          Also a new location on Lexington and 84th

        2. c
          Caitlin Wheeler

          I think Wild Edibles in the Grand Central Market (there's also a branch on third avenue in the high 30's) has impeccable freshness and really good customer service. If you go to the Grand Central Market branch, the other fish seller, Pescatore, is also quite good.

          Link: http://www.wildedibles.com

          1. Thanks for the quick replies. I'm headed over to GCS this afternoon, so I'll stop by at Wild Edibiles.