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looking for best whitefish salad in the city - is it Murrays?

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had Murrays this past weekend...it was truly perfect. Even better than Essa bagel in my opinion. agree, disagree, other suggestions?

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  1. I love Murray's too, but Russ and Daughter's is pretty great as well. I'll hit whichever place I'm closer to.

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    1. re: Lila

      I'm partial to Russ & Daughter's

      1. re: Lila

        they both use a whitefish/salmon mix..

      2. I like Murray's, but for whitefish salad, I tend towards Barney Greengrass and/or Katz's. Much better than Ess-A-Bagel though, I'll give you that.


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        1. re: Nosher

          Barney Greengrass gets my vote. But I'm just a visitor not a native NYer so I haven't had a chance to try it at Murray's or some of the other places. But what I had a Barney's was incredible.

        2. The best whitefish in the city is the whitefish at the smoked fish shop whose name I never remember. It's on 2nd Avenue between 78 and 77, on the west side of the avenue. The owner was a Zabar alum, Japanese, I believe.

          Second best is Murray's.

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          1. re: bystander99

            Place is called Sable's (1489 Second Ave.) They have a great variety of smoked fish and salads (they actually have this lobster salad that is wonderful). The owner used to run the smoked-fish dep't at Zabars. Enjoy...

          2. Agata & Valentina-79th and 1st-

            My favorite whitefish salad. It's unexpected to find it there but it is out of sight. (I have been to all these places--I had a New Year's Day brunch and bought everything from Russ & Daughters except for the whitefish salad). It is more fish than salad--actually, it's chunks of fish with a bit of salad. It really has to be tried to fully understand how great it is. I hope one of you makes the trip (often sold out but may make fresh just for you) and posts a review. I am having some tonite.

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            1. re: eve

              that is what I love about chowhound...

              we talk about food and then seek it out.

              can't make the trip tonight, but I will aim to this weekend.

              thanks eve and all else...

            2. Does anyone have an opinion on Daniel's Bagels on 3rd in Murray Hill? I am not very experienced with whitefish salad but love theirs and would like to know how it compares.

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              1. re: Dbird

                Daniel's has some of the best white fish salad in the city, probably second to Agata & Valentina.

              2. Russ & Daughters actually makes a whitefish/salmon mix, though it leans very heavily towards the whitefish side of the fence.

                I can only manage so long before I need (and badly, at that) a bagel with whitefish salad and tomato from Russ & Daughters.

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                1. re: big o

                  I second Russ' whitefish/baked salmon salad, and the addiction it inspires.

                  1. re: JulesEV

                    It'd gotta be Russ&Daughters -- i love everything about that place.

                    1. re: Tom Sorgie

                      i agree with all of the above...the R&D whitefish/salmon salad is awesome...great by itself w/ tomato or on a bagel or wherever...sometimes i'll make a sandwich using some of their baked/kippered salmon and whitefishsalad together...

                  1. My mother used to buy the whole whitefish and we just carefully scaled it and ate it. What does whitefish salad have in it?

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                    1. re: lisettte

                      Chowhound encompasses a broad range of topics. You can find a lot of answers by just searching for them.


                      1. re: small h

                        Wow-I can't believe that no one mentioned Barney Greengrass. I think theirs is by far the best whitefish salad!

                        1. re: samiam123

                          agree on Barney Greengrass---all their whitefish is fantastic.

                          1. re: aimeezing1

                            I agree. Barney Greengrass has got something on Murray's. Celery, perhaps? Although, and I'm somewhat ashamed to admit it, I can't get over my love of Fairway's whitefish salad. It's so rich and full tasting, especially in comparison to some of the salmon-whitefish mixes.

                    2. I like the whitefish at Tal on 1st ave., though once I did get a bone stuck in my throat, which put me off for a year or so. I have been back on for a while now, w/out incident.

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                      1. re: tbear

                        Why would anyone want to mess up a perfect fish with all those mix-ins? I say buy a whole whitefish, take out the meat, and put it on a bagel. Nuff said.

                        1. re: fishermb

                          Absolutely, undoubtedly Russ and Daughters.

                          1. re: greenfiend

                            I've never had the whitefish salad at Murray's, but I'm partial to the one at Fairway-Red Hook. Lots of whitefish chunks, not too much mayo and not too salty. Just delicious.

                      2. Zabar's is very good but I will take Russ & Daughters any day; Citarella's is worth a try, too.

                        1. One or two doors east of Murray's is Lobster Place (another's in Chelsea). Excellent whitefish salad.

                          1. sables does a nice one too