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Where to find best quality raw fish for making sashimi at home?

I am looking for more variety such as Fluke, and Tai, or uni, and not just the "Grade A Tuna / Yellowtail" that you can find in more gourmet markets in NYC. Any suggestions?

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  1. I've always wanted to do the same. I would go to Chinatown really early when the fish get delivered, unless there are better options.

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    1. re: kwanito

      I don't think the fish you get at Chinatown can be used for sashimi, regardless of how early you get them in the market. Fish for sashimi needs to be handled / frozen / transported differently to avoid contamination. I wouldn't use the live fish or lobster still swimming in the tanks for sashimi because the water that the stores use to keep the fish can be from any source (and not likely to be seawater)....

      1. re: kobetobiko

        Ah, understood. I really like sashimi/sushi, but know next to nothing about its preparation. Thanks for the thread.

    2. I would ask at a Citarella grocery. They have the freshest produces, fish and meat, and I am sure they could help you with that.

      1. I don't know this for a fact, but I'll throw it out there anyway - how about a very early visit to the Fulton Fish Market in the Bronx?

        1. How about some of the Japanese and Korean supermarkets scattered through out the City (W.32nd bet Ave. of Americas and 5th Ave. and the places in College Point and Flushing)? You could also try the supermarket at the Edgewater Mall in NJ.

          1. Mitsuwa over in Edgewater has an excellent selection (plus lots of other stuff, it is the next best thing to visiting Japan). Then run a shuttle from Port Authority if you don't drive.

            595 River Road,
            Edgewater, NJ 07020
            (201)941-9113
            SUN.-FRI.
            9:30AM - 8:00PM
            SAT. 9:30AM - 9:00PM

            shuttle info:

            http://www.mitsuwa.com/images/timetab...

            1. 59th and 2nd ave japanese supermarket kata giri

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              1. re: sventao

                Yes, Katagiri has many kinds of sushi-grade fish.

              2. mitsuwa is probably the best. They just had live tuna cutting demonstration a few weeks back.