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Searching for inexpensive fresh fish market in Manhattan

Does anyone know of an inexpensive market for fresh fish? I'm willing to travel anywhere in Manhattan (or off the island if its close by...)

I'm cooking for 25 people Thursday night, and with a very limited budget! I'd love to do a simple poached fish (salmon, cod, etc.) but can't swing $9.99/lb I've seen at most supermarkets (Fairway, Westside Market...) Any ideas, please?

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Westside Market
77 7th Ave, New York, NY 10011

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  1. Can you do FreshDirect? Right now it's quoting me Farm-Raised Catfish Fillet at $6.99/lb.

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    1. re: kathryn

      Thanks, Kathryn. I hadn't thought to check FreshDirect. I should have mentioned - the meal has to be kosher and while i love catfish I don't believe it's kosher...
      Will definitely check the FD website though...

      1. re: miriamsmarket

        Good luck! I also forgot to mention that if you're a new customer, you can often take advantage of discounts or free delivery deals.

        http://www.retailmenot.com/view/fresh...

    2. Flounder, cod and tilapia are $4.99/lb at Costco. Bluefish is often very affordable, usually around $6/lb or less at The Lobster Place, though it would not take as well to poaching. The fishmongers in Chinatown are also very good bets for fresh fish at a decent price.

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      The Lobster Place
      252 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

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      1. re: JungMann

        Thank you, JungMann! Do you recommend any specific Chinatown vendors? I don't usually shop in that neighborhood but would be thrilled to give it a shot! (Unfortunately I don't have a costco membership or I would have likely gone there first...)

          1. re: kathryn

            I usually go to Aquabest. There is also another on Mott, the first shop on the right with a barrel of frogs when headed north, which has good shellfish and bass.

      2. Sea Breeze Fish Market in Hells Kitchen, near Port Authority. I would go with fillets over the whole fish for most things. Most things are quite fresh, just take a good look. Very inexpensive generally, there are some good options for 5.99 a pound to 7.99 a pound. Also, if you wanted to pick out some larger whole fish they will descale, gut, and fillet it for you if desired.

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        Sea Breeze Fish Market
        541 9th Ave, New York, NY 10018

        1. Lobster Place at Chelsea Market and/or Central Fish on Ninth Ave btw 39th St and 40th St

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          The Lobster Place
          252 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

          1. Thanks for everyone's help and suggestions! I'm doing the shopping after work tonight and will report back with what I hope will be a success story!
            In my search for inexpensive fresh salmon fillet, so far I've found:
            Fairway Market $9.99/lb
            Westside Market $9.99/lb
            FreshDirect $8.99/lb
            The Lobster Place at Chelsea Markets $12.99/lb

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            The Lobster Place
            252 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

            Westside Market
            77 7th Ave, New York, NY 10011

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            1. re: miriamsmarket

              The Lobster Place is great - but quite expensive. Have you tried Rainbo's Fish in the Essex Market (off Rivington)? I find the quality to be much better than Chinatown and the prices are comparable. Their number is 212-982-8585

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              The Lobster Place
              252 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

              Rainbo's And...
              120 Essex St, New York, NY 10002

              1. re: oliver_selwyn

                oliver_selwyn and I have been down this road before re Rainbo:

                http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6243...

                I still won't buy from them, because I still (over a year later - how time flies) have never seen anything worth buying. Nor have I ever seen anyone else buying fish from Rainbo. Whereas the Chinatown markets I buy from, Aquabest & Ocean Star & The Hai Sein Co., are always filled with shoppers. That indicates to me that turnover is high, and the fish is (probably) fresh.

              2. re: miriamsmarket

                The Lobster Place charges $11.25 a pound for Scottish Salmon - NOT 12.99/lb

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                The Lobster Place
                252 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014