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Any recommendations for a fish market in Bergen/Passaic/Northern Essex that sells very fresh, top-quality seafood?

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  1. Peter's Fish Market
    Godwin Ave. next to Sears Hardware
    Midland Park
    (first-hand info. -- very reliable and knowledgeable)

    Butch's Live Lobster Sales (the old Emerson Fish Truck)
    274 Third Ave.
    (on recommendation of many others)

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    1. re: M-L.

      I'll second Peter's. My parents live in the next town and they always get their fish from Peter's. The guys who work there do a great job preparing the fish (like ifyou want a whole fish gutted and scaled.) They'll also tell you how to cook it and it is always fresh and great quality.

      1. re: M-L.

        Definitely Peter's and I'll go beyond talking about the quality. A few years back, I asked Steve Sr., over the phone for a price quote on lobster tails. He thought I asked for 3 oz. when I asked for 6 oz. He quoted the price for 3 oz., which is obviously less expensive. I put it in the budget for a non-profit event. Steve realized his mistake later, yet still stuck to that quoted price and delivered to me 6 oz. tails.

        1. re: JuliaE

          Lobster tails are always FROZEN.

      2. Try Butch's Live lobster sales at 274 Third Avenue in Westwood, NJ. It used to be the The Emerson Fishtruck, but moved to a storefront. Was very good when it was the fish truck, have not been to Westwood (a little out of the way). See link posted below.

        Link: http://www.fishtruck.com

        1. Whole Foods Market/Fresh Fields in Edgewater, Montclair or Millburn has the best! And also soon to open in Ridgewood.

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          1. re: Lu

            I've been disappointed with the fish at Fresh Fields in Montclair ... not very fresh and overpriced.

          2. Freeman's, Maplewood.

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              Mike Southwell

              Pompton Seafood on Cannonball Rd (on the corner behind the old train station) is outstanding.

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              1. re: Mike Southwell
                Mike Southwell

                oops, that's in Pompton Lakes

              2. rarely disappointed w/ the fish mkt in downtown maywood (pleasant ave).

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                1. re: Bill O.

                  I swear by Off The hook in Demerest Farms. Their wholesale business is in Midland Park.

                2. Denville Seafood is also very excellent if you are out in Morris County.

                  Denville Seafood
                  61 Broadway Ste 5, Denville, NJ 07834

                  1. Fairway in Paramus has a fabulous fish counter, large selection, top quality, fresh fish. Knowledgeable staff as well.

                    1. Off The Hook is very good!! It is in De Pieros Farms in Montvale not Demarest farm!

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                      1. re: amie

                        Merci. I buy wholesale, so I go through Midland Park, but thanks for the correction!

                      2. We always get our fish from pEters in midland park. If not there than off the hook. I believe they are the same family

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                        1. re: scholar399

                          I love Anchor Seafood on Kinderkamack Rd. in Montvale. Besides fresh fish they make and sell some really delicious prepared foods. I really like their lobster bisque, white clam sauce and their homemade herring in cream sauce.

                        2. anything else in west essex? I find whole foods overpriced and not fresh. My last two cod purchases have tasted of ammonia. Won't buy that again.

                          Has anyone tried the chinese market near home depot in east hanover?

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                          1. I'm Looking for a really good fish market in upper passic county area..

                            1. Corrado's in Wayne gets deliveries from the wonderful Peter's Fish Market. They have many great options.

                              1. I'm arriving at Newark Airport this Friday,and will be driving out west to Philipsburg via 78/22.

                                Can someone please advise which of these recommendations might be best for a reasonably easy detour from my route?

                                In particular I'm looking for a load of large little neck, or better yet, cherrystone or chowder clams.


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                                1. re: CFByrne

                                  First thought is to try Kings in Whitehouse Station, it is right on 22. If you call in advance, they will be sure to hold your order for you. (They tend to sell out on Fridays, so call.)

                                  531 U.S. Hwy. 22 East Whitehouse Station, NJ 908-534-6888

                                  1. re: CFByrne

                                    If not mistaken... in lieu of a Tax ID number, if you provide your Social Security Number on the form, you can open an account or obtain a one day pass at the Restaurant Depot in Union,

                                    Perhaps you can call and they will give you the details.


                                    Shoprite also has Littlenecks on sale this week...50/ct for $14.99

                                    As noted above, best to call in advance and reserve.

                                    1. re: CFByrne

                                      Metropolitan Seafood is excellent.
                                      On Route 22, very very close to Route 78 on your way to p'burg.
                                      (Take 78 West to exit 20A to Route 22)
                                      check their website or call, but as of today they are listing cherrystone and littlenecks



                                      1. re: Forklaw

                                        Yes, Metropolitan Seafood is good, just be careful about timing, as they close early (I think 7pm) Not sure what time the OP will be landing and then driving through the area.

                                        1. re: PuniceaRana

                                          Metropolitan looks right up my alley. These folks obviously know shellfish - and much more.

                                          I'll be landing at EWR around noon so schedule should not be a problem.

                                          Thanks much NJ CH'ers.

                                          If you ever need any South Florida recos, hit me up on the Miami board.

                                    2. Anyone know if North American Lobster on Rt. 17 closed?

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                                      1. re: njmarshall55

                                        It closed years ago.....Became a steakhouse or two.....now a Biggie's Clam Bar location doing very well....sorry, but not retail fish available.