HOME > Chowhound > Manhattan >


Best whitefish salad?

Can be from anywhere, but must not be made with too much mayonnaise, or contain celery. Any suggestions?

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. Not sure about the celery, but try either Russ & Daughters or Barney Greengrass. Might also check with Zabar's.

    2 Replies
    1. re: markabauman

      Russ & Daughters definitely contains no celery. It's a whitefish/salmon mix, if that makes a difference. And it's awesome.

      1. re: small h

        Too salty for me. Zabar's has celery, but it's tastier, smokier, and less salty.

    2. This is an aside, but has anyone tried Bering cisco yet?

      1. Have you tried the whitefish salad from Tal Bagel, Daniel's (Third Ave. & E. 37St.) or Agata & Valentina (almost no mayo)? All three are great and I don't believe contain any celery.

        3 Replies
        1. re: ellenost

          Zabar's is too much mayo

          Russ & Daughters = the best...hands down

          1. re: ellenost

            Agata & Valentina's is the best anywhere -- jsut enough mayo to bind the whitefish together. Zabar's has way too much mayo. Most others also have too much mayo plus sugar, for some odd reason.

            1. re: City Kid

              Ditto for A & V's. Large chunks of whitefish, not much mayo. Much better than Zabars, Fairway, Sables.

          2. There's another Chowhound thread on this topic you might check out:

            I checked out the Russ & Daughters whitefish salad last week. It's good, but I prefer the smokiness and texture of the Lobster Place version. Also, I could be wrong, but I think Russ & Daughters uses onion, which gives the salad a slightly astringent quality and reminds me, ever so slightly—forgive me, Russ enthusiasts—of tuna salad.

            1. i just ate a bite of some whitefish salad from Whole Foods Columbus Circle: truly awful, like a combination of paste, cotton candy, and h.s. cafeteria scrod whipped into a bland mush...avoid...so bad i plan to return it...

              Russ&Daughters has always been my fav, but the store is alas far from my new neighborhood

              1 Reply
              1. re: Simon

                oh my, yes.

                i am a big russ n daughters fan,m but needed to jet outta midtown fast the other day and picked up the whole foods version. one of rhe strangest, most unpleasant glop-fests ever.....

              2. Barney Greengrass, UWS

                1. agata is good, also sables on 2nd ave & 78th st

                  bagel bob's used to have great whitefish - but they went belly up, and i dont mean belly lox

                  Sable's Smoked Fish
                  1489 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10021

                  Agata & Valentina
                  1505 1st Ave, New York, NY 10021

                  1 Reply
                  1. Another vote for Russ & Daughters. Love it.

                    1. You might like the whitefish at Murray's Sturgeon Shop. Both they and Barney Greengrass have the type of whitefish you're seeking, though I think they do it just a little better at Murray's.

                      7 Replies
                      1. re: JungMann

                        Sorry to scoot in on this thread, but does anyone know any bagel shops that will serve you a bagel with actual whitefish? I've had the sandwich at ess-a-bagel but it's not the most convenient for me. Most other places I've been (including Russ & Daughters) either only sell the actual fish, have it in salad form, or don't have it at all.

                        As far as the salad goes, my vote too would definitely be for R&D.

                          1. re: small h

                            Every time I've gone to R&D and asked for a sandwich, they insist that they only sell the actual fish. They'll make a sandwich with the salad, but not a sandwich with the fish which is what I alluded to.

                            1. re: fishermb

                              I misunderstood you. Apologies. I checked the websites for Eli's, Zabar's & Grace's Marketplace (they all sell whitefish) - no definitive answers there. But maybe call those, if you haven't already?

                              1. re: fishermb

                                fishermb, I would recommend a Sable sandwich which may be a bit more but well worth the price. Smoked whitefish plain is a bit dry and salty. If you love smoked fish, a trip to Acme in Greenpoint will be well worth it.

                                1. re: fishermb

                                  R&D's super hebe sandwich, with whitefish salad & wasabi flying fish roe is da bomb.

                                  1. re: Rmis32

                                    correction: it's called the Super Heebster.

                          2. Definitely Daniel's on 3rd Ave aboutn 38th Street--no celery and not much mayo--excellent!

                            1 Reply
                            1. re: maxinem

                              When I lived in Murray Hill (18 months ago), I loved Daniel's whitefish salad. Glad to hear it's still great.

                            2. I'm a whitefish salad lover/celery hater and really enjoyed the offering at Barney Greengrass. I don't remember if there was celery in there or not, but if there was, it only enhanced the flavor and texture.

                              1. I really like the Whitefish Salad the fishmonger at the Union Square Greenmarket sells on Saturdays. I can't say if there's celery in it, but iif there is, it's unobtrusive.

                                1. Hudson Bagels on Hudson at Christopher has great whitefish salad - the best in NY from my perspective. And their bagels are different and good and recommended.