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Wild Pacific Salmon in Queens?

Jim Leff Jan 3, 2007 11:37 PM

Someone told me I need to eat lots of grilled Wild Pacific Salmon and I'm getting a bit obsessed over it. I don't have gas in the crashpad I'm living in (don't ask), so can't cook.

Where can I find this on menus in Jackson Heights/AStoria/Woodside/Sunnyside?

I need to see if fresh direct offers this as a ready-made item...


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  1. Monkey Man Jake RE: Jim Leff Jan 4, 2007 01:23 AM

    All the salmon I see is Atlantic, and therefore farmed. Hrm. I gotta follow this thread. Oh! I know... How about Astoria Seafood. They will cook it there, and I've seen wild alaskan salmon there before.

    1. Jim Leff RE: Jim Leff Jan 4, 2007 03:50 AM

      Fresh Direct has the salmon, but not prepared.

      I found this: http://www.renaissanceofastoria.com/r...
      I've never heard of this place ("Renaissance of Astoria"), but don't get a great vibe.

      This is disturbing: "Farm sea lice plague wild salmon"

      1. janie RE: Jim Leff Jan 4, 2007 04:02 AM


        good link about counterfeit salmon.....

        saw wild salmon at the nasty fish market on 108th street in Rego Park, a block from Carmel--but it's not cooked there...

        Wild salmon is considered kosher so maybe you could find it somewhere cooked in Kew Garden Hills....

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          janie RE: janie Jan 4, 2007 04:05 AM

          why don't you get yourself the cuisinart electric grill--very compact and excellent for grilling fish and making panini's...and not expensive...http://www.cuisinart.com/catalog/prod...

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            Jim Leff RE: janie Jan 4, 2007 04:14 AM

            But what about sides?

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              janie RE: Jim Leff Jan 4, 2007 04:19 AM

              Wait, what about http://www.trattorialincontro.com/
              in Astoria, it's listed on their menu...might be pricey, but they've got it...............

              how about grilled vegetables as sides--or an electric rice steamer---

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                Jim Leff RE: janie Jan 4, 2007 04:28 AM

                great find, that's supposed to be a real good restaurant. Super hard parking, though.

                Speaking of vegs, I never see bagged prewashed sugar snap peas anymore. they were around for a while, and vastly better than frozen (and even a little better than loose/fresh). Anyone seen them in the nabe?

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                  King of Northern Blvd RE: Jim Leff Jan 4, 2007 04:53 AM


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                    ericalloyd RE: Jim Leff Jan 4, 2007 03:18 PM

                    super hard parking at trattoria l'incontro? they have valet. what's so hard about that?

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                      Jim Leff RE: ericalloyd Jan 4, 2007 04:20 PM

                      The valet must be new...or at least since my last visit, quite some time ago. the nabe is very tough to park in.

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                      pds8232 RE: Jim Leff Jan 4, 2007 08:30 PM

                      They have valet parking... what's hard?

            2. Melanie Wong RE: Jim Leff Jan 4, 2007 04:11 AM

              George Foreman grilling machine.

              1. Jim Leff RE: Jim Leff Jan 4, 2007 04:29 AM

                Also, I just realized. I've eaten in a thousand restaurants falsely claiming saffron in a dish, and in myriad other ways distorting and exaggerating. I have no way of knowing I'm getting wild salmon, except by flavor. And I'm not that hip on this stuff yet. Guess I really need to go educate my palate....

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                  dixieday2 RE: Jim Leff Jan 4, 2007 01:30 PM

                  FYI, the season for wild Pacific salmon is roughly mid-March through mid-autumn; it's very unlikely that you're going to find fresh wild salmon at this time of year. Wild Atlantic salmon does exist, of course, but the commercial market's pretty much been taken over by farmed salmon on this coast.

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                    Jim Leff RE: dixieday2 Jan 4, 2007 02:55 PM

                    I'd settle for frozen, or vacupacked (or whatever they call that).

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                    healthyguy RE: Jim Leff Jan 4, 2007 02:22 PM

                    Try Marino's Fish Market and eat it RAW

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                      jennsch RE: Jim Leff Jan 4, 2007 03:08 PM

                      You could also order some online. There are several wild salmon sources listed on http://www.food411.com/seafood.php.

                      If this is a health-related thing, you get the same benefits from other foods -- salmon isn't the only way to go (though wild salmon is a mighty tasty way to go).

                      1. welle RE: Jim Leff Jan 4, 2007 03:49 PM

                        Costo sells canned Wild Pacific salmon by Bear & Wolf (cooked). It also tastes much better then their regular house brand atlantic salmon (also canned).

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                          Jim Leff RE: welle Jan 4, 2007 04:20 PM

                          The problem with costco is that they don't deal with the smaller fishermen, which smaller companies do. But I need new eyeglasses anyway, so I'll join Costco and see what's happening. Thanks!

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                            joypirate RE: Jim Leff Jan 4, 2007 05:46 PM

                            Do you have a dishwasher? Make it in your dishwasher:


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                              welle RE: Jim Leff Jan 4, 2007 06:51 PM

                              Did you mean yourself as a smaller fisherman? or literally? If you meant yourself, the canned fish comes in packs of six, which is not unreasonable. I also suspect that you were told to eat Wild salmon to avoid mercury overload. If so, Costco also carries frozen fish filet of certified wild mahi mahi (which has medium mercury content i believe) and great deal on King Oscar anchovies (anchovies are supposed to be 'safe' fish).

                              If you find a good fishmonger, here is a recipe for Swedish gravlax - cold cured salmon dish (no cooking required): http://www.epicurious.com/features/ch...

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                            Abbylovi RE: Jim Leff Jan 4, 2007 06:01 PM

                            This isn't in Queens but if you're looking for salmon then you should know about Acme's Fish Friday's. Acme is located in Greenpoint and they supply Russ&Daughters, Fairway, etc. On Friday from 8am-1pm they sell to the public at VERY discounted rates.


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                              Dave_G RE: Abbylovi Dec 21, 2007 09:38 PM

                              After spending my first 3 decades in Seattle, I've spent the last few in New York. I've pretty much given up on ordering salmon as it usually gets the ice and fire treatment--frozen and then overcooked till the texture is ruined and the flavor--is 'gray' a flavor? So, it was with some skepticism that I ordered the "Wild Salmon with Puttanesca Sauce" at Valverde, a very small Italian in Astoria on Steinway. Wow. This was the best salmon I've had in a long time. It makes me remember why I used to like salmon. It was cooked medium-rare, and flavor of the salmon was strong enough to stand up to the delicious and also robust Puttanesca sauce. The rest of our meal was also great including seafood risotto, a very nice Sicilian red wine, and for desert a lemony ricotta cheesecake and perfectly-made cappuccino. The salmon was the star though.

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