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Whole Fish - rarely delivers

princeofpork Mar 30, 2007 07:14 AM

I have been ordering the whole fish entree in a variety of restaurants throughout NYC for the past 10 years. From Italian to Thai to Greek. Althought the flavor is usually outstanding and I dont mind extracting the meat I am usually still hungry when I am finished. The kicker is, this dish is consistently one of the more expensive items on the menu.
For me the Whole Fish has gone the way of the crab cake, I just never order it any more.

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  1. LFeinberg RE: princeofpork Mar 30, 2007 07:19 AM

    Try the whole fish at Lavagna...it will not disappoint!

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      scooter RE: princeofpork Mar 30, 2007 08:13 AM

      I agree, whole fish is often disappointing. I was recently pleased and surprised by a whole tilapia in miso chile sauce at Wu Liang Ye, though.

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        jsmitty RE: scooter Mar 30, 2007 09:44 AM

        whole fish at kittichai. whatever you think about this place, the whole fish is terrific.

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          LFeinberg RE: jsmitty Mar 30, 2007 09:45 AM

          If you go to Kittichai, make sure to order a muddled-berry mojito to go along with your fish

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            jsmitty RE: LFeinberg Mar 30, 2007 10:15 AM


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        binkis RE: princeofpork Mar 30, 2007 09:58 AM

        I'm surprised to hear that. I often order whole fish at The Greek Kitchen (58th & 10th) and at Fish (on Bleecker). I always find the meals to be filling enough, and I'm a pretty big eater.

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          Pan RE: princeofpork Mar 31, 2007 12:44 AM

          Unless you have the appetite of an elephant, I don't think you'll be hungry after eating a whole fish dish at Grand Sichuan (whichever branches are open at this point, which would include St. Marks and Chelsea). I also agree with LFeinberg on Lavagna. The whole fish dish there is actually a special for two people, unless there's another one I'm forgetting about.

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            LFeinberg RE: Pan Mar 31, 2007 05:26 AM

            You're right, Pan...the whole fish at Lavagna is for 2. It was simply fantastic! :)

          2. EJC RE: princeofpork Mar 31, 2007 03:31 PM

            Favorite whole fishes are definitely at Greek Kitchen, and the Mustard Fish @ Spicy Mina in Queens. The latter is pretty spectacular.

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              kobetobiko RE: princeofpork Apr 1, 2007 04:09 PM

              you can try the whole fish from Cookshop. It is done in the stone oven. Delicious!

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                was_bk RE: princeofpork Apr 2, 2007 07:29 AM

                Ethos (on 3rd Ave in the low 30s) serves all sizes of whole fish.

                When I've ordeded it to eat solo, I've always had a choice of at least 2 varieties that were just the right size. In fact I've even had room to share a dessert.

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