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Jan 16, 2007 08:24 PM

Best fish store in Manhattan?

Hey Hounds,

Looking for a really good fresh whole fish this week.

Wild Edibles has a good reputation, though I have never been there. Fairway and Citarella are ok, but not of the highest quality, I think.

Some people swear by Chinatown, but I have no clue about the fishmongers down there.

Any recs gratefully received.

- Sean

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  1. the fish store at Chelsea Market is one idea. not sure how the selection of whole fish is, though.

    1. I liked Wild Edibles when I would go to the GV location - it's now The Lobster Place or something like that - the fish also looks v. good there - I've gotten a couple of things. They seem to have a carefully picked selection, as if the buyer chooses what looks good, rather than having a huge array. There is a place on the UES called Leonards, that is supposed to be excellent - haven't tried it. We usually go to Citarella - pretty reliable. Dean & DeLuca on Madison always has the most desultory looking fish, nor am I thrilled with the WF quality.

      I'm always tempted by the fish prices in Chinatown, and while I'm not squeamish, and I'm sure that many flies may well have touched fish that I eat, the sight of them in the C'town locations turns me off.

      1. Grace's Marketplace at Third Ave & 71st Str has an excellent fish dept. Ask for Ronny....

        Citarella's is pretty good but not as good as Grace's...

        I was turned off by WE....or, I should say, by the smell...made me think it wasn't the cleanest or the freshest...

        I agree with whoever was negative about Dean & Deluca...looks & smells tired....

        Eli's Manhattan has a fish dept but I've never tried always seems deserted...

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        1. re: fauchon

          Eli's Manhattan had some of the most beautiful salmon I've ever seen - at a cool $43 a pound - probably worth it, but a little too rich for me.

          As an aside - the D&D on Madison Ave always depresses me - some things are great - but the produce and fish departments are lousy - as if they don't have enough turnover - so I don't end up going there even though it's right down the street.

          1. re: MMRuth

            I'm in Eli's fairly often and *never* see any customers in the fish dept....maybe I go at the wrong times...maybe the astronomical prices are a turn-off...~~~shrugs~~~

            I completely agree about Mad Ave D&D...there's something really quite sad about it...

            1. re: fauchon

              My theory is that they do a lot of business in the prepared food and baked goods areas. The cheese selection is pretty decent, but pricey. I've had conversations with several managers there (they seem to have a lot of turnover, because I'd love it to be great, and they are aware of the problem, but I was just there yesterday and noted the same fish/produce problems. Nothing like the SoHo (or DC for that matter) store.

              1. re: MMRuth

                The produce is equally off-putting at the D&D SoHo location. Wide and varied selection, but mostly old, wilted and withered.

        2. If possible, I go to the fish stand at the Greenmarket on saturdays mornings. They always have wonderful scallops, flounder, etc. The only problem is that they only sell local fish, so the selection is limited, obviously.

          Otherwise,I really like The Lobster Place, both the Chelsea Market and the Bleecker Street locations. The fish is always fresh and the prices are fair.

          1. Add me as a fan of the Lobster Place.