How is the seafood at Fresh Direct?
Hi. In all my years in Manhattan, I've never done Fresh Direct. I like doing my own shopping and picking my own stuff. But I am in a position where I have no choice but to do FD next week. I'm okay with ordering things like produce, staples, etc. But my main concern is seafood as I'm kind of picky about it. We usually get our seafood from Citarella or Chelsea Lobster. And I'm not a fan of the seafood at Whole Foods at all. So does anybody have any info pertaining to the seafood at FD?
I've never had a problem with it whatsoever, though there are posters on this board that would never order seafood from them. I've had salmon, tuna, catfish, arctic char and others that were all very good. Shrimp arrives frozen. Never tried muscles or clams. I really like the dayboat scallops.
I'd say, if you don't like Whole Foods, FD isn't gonna do it for you, either.
Okay, to be more clear with my logic, I figured that if the quality at WF wasn't up to par for you, then you are going to notice problems that I would not, and therefore FD may not be what you're looking for, either.
My perspective: I've never bought seafood at WF. I find it so easy to order from FD, and never really got into picking out my own meat and seafood, cause I don't see myself going back to waiting in lines and carrying the stuff home. WF Bowery is my closest decent grocery store (still a good 15 min walk away), and I rarely bring myself to go stand in those lines.
The fresh day boat seafood is okay- it'll do in a pinch. The local shrimp (which, I believe are only avilable from Tuesday to Friday ) have generally been acceptable.
But I stay away from any of the seafood that has previously been frozen- and that seems to be most of their seafood.Their seafood doesn't begin to compare to Citarella or most of the greenmarket seafood guys.
For a while I was ordering the giant Australian prawns from time to time, , which can be really lucious and sweet. Then a few months ago I got an order of them that was totally spoiled- literally black and rotten. It was shocking that they even made it into an order. Although FD gladly issues a credit in these situations, it really turned me off ordering most of their seafood again.
Now I pretty much only order from FD whwen I need bulk items like soda, bottled water and groceries. Like you, I really would rather pick out my own food- particularly produce, meat, poultry and seafood.
The fish was fine, just expensive. It's the produce I had problems with. Stuff would go bad the day after it arrived.
Thanks for all the info, guys. I'm curious about my first FD delivery. Erin, I know you said you're not a fan of lugging the groceries, waiting in line, etc. But I actually really dig the whole process of grocery shopping. DH and I usually walk from Midtown to Union Square and Chinatown to do our shopping. It's a way for us to spend time together, run some errands and get some exercise in the process.
Their website is kind of overwhelming. I ended up buying 8 cans of Muir Glen tomatoes, 4 bottles of Perrier and stocked up on some other stuff that I always hate buying because they're so heavy. I would have purchased more, but we just don't have the room to store everything. I kept the produce to a minimum, and will ask DH to run out to H-Mart in Koreatown or Grand Central Terminal Market for the majority of our fruits, veggies and seafood.