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mskathyny Apr 21, 2008 08:07 AM

I've lived in southern Westchester now for nearly 20 years but have yet to find a good, reliable source for fresh fish. (I was in Barcelona recently and could have wept at the displays in both the markets and the supermarkets of extraordinary fresh glistening fish on mountains of ice.) I sometimes go to 125 St Fairway but even their fish is sometimes uninspiring. There used to be a couple of stands on Main St in New Rochelle that sold fresh fish but I was a little suspicious of the sources. Any good fish markets in the Arthur Ave area? I'm willing to travel a bit. Thanks!

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    pobo Apr 21, 2008 08:47 AM

    I am not aware of any really terrific seafood/fish suppliers in lower Westchester. There is a seafood store on Main St. in New Rochelle, just west of North Ave on the south side of the street. The fish looked good, I made a seafood chili with the fish and it was fine, but not sure how it would be if cooked to set off the fish. La Maree in Mamaroneck is supposed to have good fish (in the flats area), they supply many restaurants, but the selection is limited. Believe it or not, I find the prices and quality best at Balducci's. Also, Matthew Karp from Plates sells fresh fish (caught the day before on Long Island) at the Larchmont Farmer's Market, which starts up next month. His prices are high, but the fish is really fresh.

    1. southlake Apr 21, 2008 09:30 AM

      For a trip over the border, in Greenwich, I get mine at The Lobster Bin.......it's by far the best in the area.........small place........small amount of inventory........they change it up daily......a little pricey? yes.......but it's all about the freshness when it comes to fish......isn't it?

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        roxlet Apr 21, 2008 10:04 AM

        We buy a lot of fish at Stew Leonards, and generally the traffic is so high, that it is pretty fresh. We also go down to Arthur Avenue and buy fish there. They have a wider and more unusual selection. I tried Apple Market in White Plains and I was impressed that they would clean and filet the fish to order, but we just weren't that happy with the fish in the end. Stews is good for things like salmon, and tuna and other, more usual fish.

      2. southlake Apr 21, 2008 07:00 PM

        There's also Daido Market in White Plains on Mamaroneck Ave....(going toward mamaroneck) by dunk n donuts........they have the freshest tuna i've ever seen.....and other interesting fish as well........super super fresh......check it out

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          jp62 Apr 22, 2008 04:45 AM

          Honestly, I find the Lobster Bin offensive. The off putting tell tale smell that hits you when you walk in the door is foul. Drive another 1/2 mile to Greenwich Ave. and check out Bon Ton which is across from the post office. Yes, he is expensive, yes his choice is limited, but it is the freshest fish that is sold in one of the cleanest fish markets that you will ever walk into.

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            jeanki Apr 22, 2008 10:21 AM

            Others have recommended Imperial Seafood in Mamaroneck, Kam Sen in White Plains, Eastchester Fish Gourmet in Eastchester.

            Isn't the Fulton Fish Market in the Bronx now?

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            surman Jun 16, 2009 01:28 PM

            How are the prices at Daido?

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            mskathyny Apr 22, 2008 02:55 PM

            Thank you all for those great suggestions. I had forgotten about Stew's. I used to go there more frequently when their wine was cheaper and I'd often pick up some fish. I'll have to get back there. And I'll also try some of the other spots mentioned. I never tried Balducci's for fish - assuming that it would be really expensive - but I'll give it a look. (Of course it's not just the expense that's the issue: it's paying a lot for mediocre quality!) And, by the way, yes, the Fulton Fish Market is now in the Bronx but I've never been there. I always assumed that you'd have to go at some hideous early hour. But I'll have to check it out to see if that's true. So, anyhow, thanks everybody!

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              luv2eatct Apr 23, 2008 06:19 AM

              Cant beat randazzo's on arthur ave

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                intrepid Jul 29, 2009 07:29 AM

                stews very limited selection, i like randazzos, and mt kisco seaffood, and contis

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                pobo Apr 23, 2008 12:11 PM

                I used to buy fish at Imperial all the time, but I have found their quality can really range all over the place, plus their prices have gone up (equivalent to Plates at Larchmont Market), and they don't sell dry scallops. Unless I happen to be on the Avenue, I don't go there anymore.

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                  HamTech87 Jun 17, 2009 03:11 PM

                  We go to Brothers Market in Dobbs Ferry on Ashford just off Route 9/Broadway. My friends in Scarsdale go to Eastchester Fish Gourmet on White Plains Road.

                  Anyone in the Rivertowns go to DeCicco's in Ardsley for fish?

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                    surman Jun 18, 2009 11:08 AM

                    RE: DeCicco's in Ardsley for fish

                    Very good quality, but a limited selection. Prices and product knowledge are OK, not great. I tend to stick to the weekly specials here.

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                    wineconsul Jun 17, 2009 07:09 PM

                    I second Brother's in Dobbs Ferry. Always fresh and looks great

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                      debrouillard80 Jul 29, 2009 07:09 AM

                      it's kind of a troop but i exclusively use fjord fisheries on route 1 in cos cob, ct. i know this is kind of a southern westchester thread, but the journey to this place is well worth it. GREAT selection. very knowledgeable staff. very fresh fish. the prices get high for the more exotic stuff, but i'm happy to have to option to buy it. i use them both professionally and personally.

                    2. menton1 Jul 29, 2009 08:17 AM

                      It's curious to me that conspicuously absent from this thread is mention of Apple Farm in White Plains. While this is not going to equal the glistening fresh fish in Barcelona (Barcelona is smack on the Mediterranean) it has the biggest selection I've seen in the suburbs. Good prices, very fresh, and a big variety, lots of species not seen in supermarkets or small fish mongers.

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                        Jon1856 Jul 29, 2009 09:43 AM

                        Apple Farms may have been brought up with-in this thread:
                        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/628469

                        My POV on AF;s is very different from yours-Do not see all too much difference in variety there.

                        And that is why I go to fish mongers et al for something different.
                        That said, I have found that S & S (generally specials) as well as DeCicco's (several locations) carring some very good fish.

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