South Street Seaport Fish Market to the Bronx Information
So I know the Seaport used to have a great fish market and now it's up in the Bronx. I heard they open ridiculously early, like at 2am. I was wondering, is there any easy public transportation that can take us up there? Also, is it open to the public wanting to peruse the market and make a few purchases?
Any help is much appreciated, thank you!
I'm gonna take a wild guess and assume that even if you get inside you'll be hard pressed to find places that don't sell by wholesale. At least that's been my experience in going to less traversed central fish markets. Even at London's Billingsgate Market one has to try hard to find stalls that will sell certain items non wholesale (so fair enough if you've found sea urchin after 30 minutes of searching... they're not gonna budge on their minimum order of like 10 kg.)
If your goal is to by the freshest fish at retail, then you are probably better off buying from one of the sellers at a Greenmarket, where the fish has by-passed the entire boat to wholesaler to retailer to customer chain and is straight from the boat to the customer. It does, however, sound like fun to poke around the market.
"It does, however, sound like fun to poke around the market."
Couldn't be more right about that. About 5 years ago I visited the Fulton fish market late at night, maybe 2-3 AM. It was one of the coolest things I'd ever seen: forklifts everywhere, guys throwing fish to each other, fish getting taken apart with huge knives. An incomparable experience. The guys had no problem with people looking around and even asking some questions, but I didn't see any selling going on. Don't know if the new market is anything like what it used to be. (And of course, I'm sure it was much different when I saw it than it was in the many decades before that.)
I think they are open Mon - Sat 1AM to 10AM, May to December. Jack Hoeffner is listed as a contact whose number is (845) 457-3453. The 6 train will bring you to Hunts Point, but then it's likely best to take a cab in to the market if they even allow cabs to enter passed the toll plaza. Hunt's Point is NOT an area you want to mull around in at night. Call the contact for additional info so you can plan your trip accordingly. Look --> http://www.newfultonfishmarket.com/
ETA: The New Fulton Fish Market, is open Monday through Friday for buyers from 1:00 a.m. to 7:00am. Retail buyers are asked to come shop either Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Fridays during those hours and after 6am on Mondays or Thursdays. CALL to be sure.