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Oct 30, 2009 10:42 AM

Good Asian Markets on Red Line near Central Square? (Sushi suitable fish would be good too!)

Hi guys,

I recently moved to Central Square, and with the closing of Kotubukaya in Porter, I can't seem to find any good asian (japanese preferred) markets in my immediate area. I'd love to find a place similar to Kotubukaya, especially with a selection of sushi grade fish (fish which has been frozen deep enough to kill potential parasites).

Can anyone recommend places that are within short walking distance of either Central or the Red Line in Cambridge? Central would be best, obviously.

I actually live -right- next to Central itself, if that helps.


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  1. There's a korean grocery store down towards MIT, I think it is called Lotto mart or something like that. I've only been in there a couple of times, and then only for specific items so can't really speak to the quality.

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    1. re: jgg13

      Lotte Market, but no sushi fish. They do sell some meat, and are decent for Korean groceries (and only more basic Japanese goods).

      Reliable is kind of in your vicinity, though not really right off the red line. Requires transfer on a bus, but would meet your general requirements, and sells sushi fish.

      1. re: kobuta

        The Reliable has some very nice sushi grade tuna generally. Most of the other fish has been lightly salted but is very fresh. From Central, just jump on the 91.... not a bad trip for good korean/japanese groceries.

    2. There are two great places to buy sushi-grade fish in your general vicinity: New Deal Fish Market (622 Cambridge St) and Courthouse Seafood (498 Cambridge St). Both are approximately a mile from Central Square, and can be accessed by walking down Prospect and taking a right on Cambridge, or if you're averse to walking, taking the 83 down Prospect and then catching the 69 toward Lechmere.

      New Deal Fish Market
      622 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02141

      Courthouse Fish Market
      484 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02141

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      1. re: FinnFPM

        Thank you! New Deal sounds awesome!