I love herring. Mind you, it wasn't always that way.
My father, somewhat of a herring fanatic, tried
valiantly to have me eat it but I resisted as, I
guess, most squeamish kids would (herring is not
exactly kid-friendly, in smell ,taste, consistency,
you name it). And kids don't usually drink frozen
vodka shots so there's nothing to wash it down with.
But with age, and a refining palatte, I came not only
to accept it but to search for the best of it.
Needless to say, the vodka shots came naturally.
Anyway, I quite like Russ and Daughters' herring in
lemon and ginger, also their matjes, even their
herring in mustard sauce. I like going there, talking
herring, ogling the clean cases that house the stuff
and its accompaniments. I've made my own pickled
herring from a recipe in Saveur, sending away for the
raw material from Scandia Foods on the net. It went
well and gave me an appreciation for what goes into
the process of pickling it and making up a marinade
that suits it. So I ask, besides Aquavit, where the
herring is pretty superb, where else might I find
sublime examples of this fish? I'm fairly new in the
city but I'm sure I've only discovered the tip of the
After reading all the other followups I feel there
must be something wrong with me for loving Tabachnicks
(going to the store in Millburn, NJ, haven't tried and
don't even know if they bottle it, but they probably
do) herring with or without cream sauce.
As for the comment about kids not liking it, I think I
liked it better when I was little than I do now. At
least I had it more frequently, especially at the
after services kiddush on Saturday morning!
dear doug, i can only offer my humble two cents on the
herring issue, after such great postings (one reason
why chowhound is so wonderful). i went to a new place,
ulrika's, on 60th st. last week, and though herring is
not always my #1 choice on a given menu, i tried the
plate of tiny samples of herring dressed different ways
and was mighty impressed. there's also a choice of 3
aquavits in small glasses, too, and they go perfectly
with the tangy, creamy fish. they're pretty nice there,
too, so ask questions.
re: Barb H.
I, too, have heard about this event at Grand Central.
I was just there, waiting at the front for someone to
show up and there was a crudely drawn poster
advertising the event. On it was a Norwegian woman, in
traditional fashion, lowering a whole herring into her
mouth. Thanks for the tip. I'll call up and see what's