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Mar 27, 2007 10:23 AM

New York fish monger recommendation needed

Can anyone recommend a fish monger in New York who might regularly have black cod. I usually buy from Fairway (UWS) or Lobster Place (Bleecker or Chelsea Market) but would argue that while I trust them for both for quality, I simply don't see black cod with any regularity.

(Or maybe I've been duped and "black cod" is the cod they regularly sell.)


UPDATE: Just discovered this is sablefish and that I have seen. That said, I'll certainly take any recommendations on fish mongers generally.

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  1. Check: Dean & Deluca, Citarella, Balducci's, Whole Foods

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    1. re: LFeinberg

      I usually buy fish at Citarella or The Lobster Place (on Bleecker). I find that the fish at Whole Foods and Dean & Deluca (Mad. Ave.) always looks like it's been sitting around for a couple of days. Eli's on Third Avenue has absolutely beautiful fish, but at v. steep prices.

      1. re: MMRuth

        I agree about Whole Foods. Never the freshest.

    2. I'm going low brow on you, and I'll risk the wrath of the boards to say that I have never bought a bad piece of fish in Chinatown. I always go to the stinky triumverate (though not as stinky as you'd expect them to be, which is a good sign), two are practically next to each other on Canal one block east of Lafayette on the south side of the street, but I find that my favorite with the freshest and best selection is on Mulberry between Canal and Bayard, a little closer to Bayard. The last one is the most expensive of the three, but worth it, it's also less busy because there is less foot traffic.

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      1. re: ballulah

        There's a concentration along Grand Street too - roughly around Forsyth.

        1. re: ballulah

          I second the fish markets where Canal and Walker intersect. Very fresh and a bargain at $5/lb. I just feel guilty shopping there because I like to be conscious of where my fish comes from (for environmental and health reasons). For example, I'd rather get wild salmon than farm raised.

        2. What about Wild Edilbes?

          1. I buy black cod on a regular basis at fairway, where it's called... black cod.

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            1. re: Julia

              Wow, clearly I've missed it. I'll have to look harder. Out of curiosity, how much are they asking a pound? (Roughly, if you have an idea.)

              1. re: NYChristopher

                approximately $14 a pound, as I recall.

            2. not sure if they have black cod, but Citarella has a huge selection and i've bought truly delicious fish there many times...

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              1. re: Simon

                i never was displeased with citarella fish......

                  1. re: jsmitty

                    agreed, but they are reeeealy pricey. i saw above Julia sauing it's about $14 a pound at fairway... i think it runs aorund $20-24 a pound at citarella. i want to check out fairway now, though i live on the UES

                    1. re: ironcheff

                      I moved downtown and still make the trip to the UWS (subway up, cab back) every other week.

                      1. re: ironcheff

                        just to reiterate: bought some black cod at fairway this saturday at $13.99 a pound, and it was very fresh. check it out. I live on the UES, too.

                        1. re: ironcheff

                          Yes - I saw black cod at the Citarella on the UES last night for $22.99 a pound.