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Does anyone know any good fish fry take-out restaurants? I'm not talking English fish-and-chips style, but the upstate NY type with crispy haddock fillets. I'm from Syracuse originally and the predominantly Catholic community there had many fish-fry options, especially during Lent.

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  1. Please let me know if you've found a place- I'm from Rochester and have had the same problem finding what you get upstate! Fish n' chips is not the same thing!

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    1. re: ab12

      My hubby is also from Rochester and his parents go to a fish fry place every Friday night! Often it's the Town Lounge in Irondoquoit.

      I'm not aware of any similar fish fry in NYC.

    2. I've been craving the same. I have fond memories of Friday's at Wheeler's when I was a wee one.

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      1. re: Up With Olives

        I've been looking for the past 6 years and haven't found anything yet that comes close to WNY fish frys. I don't think they exist here :(

      2. Although not quite the same as the upstate/ western NY fish fry, Bondi Rd does a great fried fish and it's more crispy than the english style fish and chips. Probably won't be able to get haddock though.

        1. slightly more the english fish and chip version, but the chip shop with three locations in brooklyn (boreum hill, park slope and bay ridge) offers haddock, place and cod I believe.

          1. I walked by a takeout restaurant on the western side of Lexington Ave. between 23rd and 24th st., today, that specialized in fish fries. I wasn't able to stop for a menu so can't tell you whether they have crispy haddock fillets, but given that they specialize in fried fish fillets, it seems like a promising place to look.

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            1. re: cimui

              Thats place is called Sea World. It does have fried fish that is good but more like an Arthur Treachers or Long John Silvers kind of good. Not the beer battered with coleslaw, potato salad and french fries upstate kind of good:)

              1. re: roze

                I *believe* it might be a different place. Is Sea World between 22nd and 23rd? The place I passed by had "New" in the name (or perhaps was a new restaurant advertising itself as such).

                I really want to try this legendary upstate fish fry, now, after hearing all these good things!

                1. re: cimui

                  Sea World is between 23rd and 24th. There is a Chinese place next door called New Taste I think which may be what you saw.

                  Someday hopefully you will be able to try the uptate fish fry...someday someone will serve it here....someday... (sigh)

                  1. re: roze

                    Very possible, roze. Thanks for the catch. I'm in the Catskills a lot, actually. If you know of any good places, esp. near Margaretville / Andes, please do tell.

            2. i think you will all know better but just in case... i would advise against BLT fish shack.
              i was sort of talked into it last thursday for a friend's b'day. i think the serving sizes were definitely adequate but everything tasted like it could have been found in the frozen food section of a grocery store. not necessarily that bad but nothing really to it.

              we had the fried calamari (not bad but i had far better), caesar salad (which was served as whole romaine lettuce leaves. the dressing did not appeal to me at all); shrimp and chips, and a lobster roll. oh, and the onion strings which were just plain onions rather than the yummy, sweet, spanish onions that dallas bbqs serves for their onion loaf.

              my friend, who has had great lobster rolls in maine, wasn't crazy about this one. there seemed to be a strange seasoning added in (couldn't quite determine which seasoning) and the lobster pieces were very small. fries were good as was the service.

              for me, i think the biggest disappointment were the taste of the batter and the yellow submarine i ordered which had absolutely no alcohol. i mean ABSOLUTELY NO ALCOHOL. since i don't drink too often, i usually feel it after one or two sips. i felt nothing after downing the whole glass. i should have said something. anyway, all of this for $100 without tip.

              i knew better but my friend wanted fish fry in either Chelsea or Gramacy Park and i failed to question the chowhound crew! so we wound up here.

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              1. re: nativeNYer

                Ah, the quest for a Fish Fry outside of Upstate New York ! Isn't it amazing that this fanatastic sandwih has not branched out beyond that geographic area. Is it really that difficult the cut an 8" piece of Haddock or Cod, coat it is a light cornmeal/flour mix and fry it for a few minutes after which it is perched on a split hot dog roll and topped with tartar and/or chili sauce ? I make them at home in Vermont whenever I have a hankering for a trip to Bob and Ron's or Ted's.

                1. re: TonyO

                  i agree, tonyo. what gives???!!!!

                  1. re: nativeNYer

                    Well, on the plus side, what we're talking about here is regional cuisine, and it is somewhat heatwarming that it exists in this day and age.

                    That said, I have been told that Dinosaur bbq has salt potatoes.