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Jan 10, 2007 06:46 PM

Best Brooklyn Lox

I'm going to a brunch and I want to bring some seriously good smoked lox from someplace jewish in brooklyn. Any ideas?

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  1. brooklyn is tough for smoked fish- try russ and daughters in the lower east side- consistantly the best jewish smoked fishes in the city. enjoy fb

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    1. re: frankbooth

      no places in crown heights or borough park or something?

    2. It's not a Jewish shop but Fairway should have a decent selection of appetizing. I haven't bought from the one in Red Hook but the Plainview location has several kinds of lox, whitefish, kippered salmon, sturgeon, pickled herring, etc. It's pretty good for a market.

      Second Russ & Daughters though. I don't think you'll find better in the city.

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      1. re: CornflakeGirl

        This makes me sad. If you are in Plainview, you really should be going to Bagel Boss for your lox. And if you go to Ben's deli instead of the Regal for pastrami, its time to take a long hard look int he mirror.

      2. russ and daughters is wonderful. in brooklyn, the best option is probably the retail hours at the acme smoked fish company. they're open to the public on fridays from 8am to 1pm, offering really low prices. their sable is magnificent, but great quality all around.

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        1. re: wleatherette

          I'm gonna second Acme, I've gotten some amazing stuff there on Friday mornings. The earlier you get there the better, they tend to run out of stuff pretty quick.

          1. re: billhill

            What everyone is recommending is fish smoked by Acme, since most of the smoked fish sold in NYC (at places like Zabar's, Russ & Daughters, etc.) is Acme fish. Obviously, you'll get it cheaper and fresher if you go to the factory. It's all certified kosher except for the sturgeon. At the factory you get a limited selection of what they produce. I've seen cold smoked salmon, kippered salmon, pastrami salmon, gravalox, sable and tuna in slabs. They also have prepackaged choices and delicious salmon and whitefish salads.

          2. re: wleatherette

            having just enjoyed some delicious fish (lox, hot smoked salmon, smoked trout) fresh from acme's retail shop, i have to reiterate my recommendation. it's cheap, straight from the source, and of the highest quality. poster joekarten makes a good point below - most places mentioned here (russ & daughters being a notable exception) get their fish from acme.

          3. Garden Of Eden, Montague St, Bkln Hts, has an acceptable selection of Acme, Norwegian, Scottish & Irish smoked salmon as well as lox, and the other usual suspects (whitefish, kippered salmon, etc. The quality is good enough.

            1. Im not a specialist, but surprisingly The Orchard on CIA between I and J offers very good fish, sliced to order, homemade whitefish salad and such, in addition to their special fruit selection.

              Have to think they must be pretty good, given their picky clientele.