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Dec 24, 2007 01:29 PM

Urgent -- carp?

So it turns out my Czech husband wants to eat carp this evening, in keeping with the tradition in his country... and I didn't even know he was homesick. Someone help, please! Where can we find carp in Manhattan this Xmas Eve? What cuisines even use this unexciting fish? Has anyone seen it on a menu anywhere lately?

Many, many thanks for any help!

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  1. Try restaurants in Chinatown.

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    1. re: Ann900

      Yes! Every restaurant in Chinatown has carp, and it's really good. Steamed or braised or served all sorts of ways. Most restaurants are open late, so you can go there now.

    2. Hi j230,

      Wish I'd seen this sooner--I have seen carp on occasion at the two fish markets on 9th Avenue and 39th Street, but not with any regularity. Chinatown might be a good idea, but quite honestly, I think a trip out to Astoria is your best bet.

      But think of it this way--if you don't get the carp, you may just see the golden pig! Now Jezisek...that's another story.


      1. Too late for this evening, but you might want to consider posting this question on the Kosher board. Since carp is a traditional ingredient in gefilte fish, posters on that board might know where to find it other than just on Jewish holidays.

        1. Kapr na cerno? It looks like a real production with a lot of ingredients, according to Joza Brizova's "The Czech Cookbook." It also says "this tastes best served next day."

          Why doesn't he give you a few days notice!