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Jul 11, 2010 04:47 AM

Is there anywhere to buy fish in the East Village?

I can't believe this neighborhood doesn't have a single good place to buy fish. Or does it?

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  1. Just Whole Foods and that's spotty at best. The last fish monger closed 6 years ago. There is a guy that use to sell fish at the green market at St. Marks on the Bowery on Tuesdays but I'm not sure he's returned this year.

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    1. re: bookhound

      Thanks. But, argh, I also dislike Whole Foods' fish, and the store in general.

      Someone ought to open up a fish shop -- I'm sure there would be plenty of customers!

      1. re: visciole

        There is talk of a fish market opening in the front of a restaurant, we'll see...

          1. re: visciole

            Not sure if they still come on Sundays, but Pura Vida used to be at Tompkins
            Square as part of the green market...

            1. re: penthouse pup

              Thanks for this info, I'm going to go check it out!

          2. re: bookhound

            It doesn't look good for Sea, the proposed retail fishmonger/restaurant/bar:


            1. re: kathryn

              Hence my inclusion of ... in my post. I really detest CB3. First no beer and wine license for Mercury Dime forcing them to close and now this.

              1. re: bookhound

                Yeah, I just didn't want to get the OP's hopes up! :(

      2. If you can step across Houston, there's a fish stall in Essex Street Market. I know you're asking about the East Village, but I'd recommend going to Chinatown.

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        1. re: Wilfrid

          Yes, you're right, I do go to Chinatown when I can, but I admit I find it irritating not to be able to find a single piece of decent fish in the nabe.

          1. re: Wilfrid

            There are a couple of fish mongers in Essex St Market... which one do you recommend?

          2. Yeah, CB3 strikes again, we were really close to having a fish monger on ave b, but the board turned them down.

            1. The fish monger who was at Saint Marks last year was called Sea Tuck. Their fish was excellent, and they were very clean and conscientious about keeping the fish cold. I think they are now at Union Square, and they used to be at the Sunday market at Stuy town - still could be. But those are both north of 14th st. I've seen the unappetizingly named "Gill Fish" sporadically at Saint Mark's, but their selection is small, and not quite up to the quality of others. If they return it would be worth giving it another try and supporting them... I've bought from Pura Vida at the Tompkins Square market, and wished I'd gotten there earlier in the day - lots of flies in the cases, not such a careful eye on keeping the fish cold, but that may have just been one guy working the stand that day. But yes, we sure could use a good fish market in the East Village!

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              1. re: hungrycomposer

                Yeah, by the time I got there they had very little selection and what was there looked only fair. Guy told me to come early -- guess that's what you have to do.

              2. Sunrise Market (japanese grocer) on 3rd ave has great fish for a good price

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                1. re: tjust

                  All the fish at Sunrise is sold on styrofoam trays wrapped in plastic, no? That's not how I like to buy my fish.