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Desperately seeking good smoked fish...

I'm desperate for a good smoked fish purveyor, preferably in Brooklyn. Apparently, Marshall's is no longer, and please don't say Acme - I think their fish is salty, chemically, and truly awful. I used to love Homarus in Mt. Kisco, but they have morphed into a new incarnation, and since my cousin moved, I no longer get up there. Where do Russ/Zabar's/Barney Greengrass get their smoked fish? Desperate for a great sable, nova, whitefish, et al.

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  1. Have you tried Rego Smoked Fish, in Middle Village
    69-80 75th street in Queens?
    August Hours: tues-fri 9-2 sat mon closed sun 8-12
    longer hours starting in sept.
    you can buy one slice to whatever you want, they prepare your order there...

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    Rego Smoked Fish
    69-80 75th St, Queens, NY 11379

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    1. re: janie

      I been wanting to go there, but never got a clear answer if it was still at that address. Thanks for that. What is the $ per lb?

      Regarding ACME. I used to not like their Nova very much, though I found it passable. But now they sell it sliced unpackaged, same as the whole fillets they sale. It makes a huge difference. It's not as thin as they would do at a good shop, but it's a major step up from their packaged stuff.

      However the whitefish is reason enough to go to ACME.

      1. re: 2slices

        I recently got packaged Gaspe smoked salmon (Gaspe is one of my favorites) from Fairway-Red Hook that was far superior to any other packaged/sliced fish I've had. And I consider packaged/sliced fish to only have the potential to be half as good as fresh-sliced. So I can imagine that their hand sliced Gaspe is especially good. Price matters a lot to me so the packages at under $20/lb are pretty damned nice--I forget the slab Gaspe price but it's a bunch more, for sure.

        1. re: 2slices

          Call them and ask, they answer the phone, albeit with a "hello",--kind of like Leo's Laticini..."Hello, how'd you get this number"?...anyway--my husband used to go there a long time ago under different owners, but it's still supposed to good--I've been meaning to check it out again, so I'll go very soon....and report back.

        2. re: janie

          I went to Rego Smoked Fish once, about a year ago, and will not return. Parking was difficult, and the "store", if it can be called such, once I located it, was not exactly clean and didn't smell very good. Most of the lights were off, and, frankly, I lost my appetite from the appearance of the place. I can't understand how this place remains in business, from a cleanliness perspective. I was underwhelmed by the selection of fish. The fish I bought was oily and smelled strongly. I will say, though, that the lady who worked there was very nice.

          I've not been to Fairway in Brooklyn, but I have bought many kinds of fresh-cut smoked fish at Fairway in Plainview, all of which was excellent.

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          Rego Smoked Fish
          69-80 75th St, Queens, NY 11379

          1. re: IWantFood

            Try M&I International Foods, 249 Brighton Beach Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11235, (718) 615-1011

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            M&I International Food
            249 Brighton Beach Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11235

            1. re: IWantFood

              words to describe smoked salmon:
              1. yummy
              2. oily
              3. smelly

            2. re: janie

              My dad ran a shop for years and got the best sable, lox, etc from a distributor out by Coney Island. It's located off Neptune Ave., by Stillwell. It may be a wholesaler but you can swing by and try to negotiate.

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              Stillwell Cafe
              1680 Stillwell Ave, Bronx, NY 10461

              1. re: eglazarev

                Banner?

            3. We love Rego. It is kind of like a speakeasy--tiny sign, hard to get them on the phone, it's truly in the middle of nowhere, but we've always been more than happy with the quality of the fish as well as the reasonable prices. You should see the lines on Yom Kippur...

              1. I'm a big fan of the smoked fish at the Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket, Saturdays only. Purveyor is Blue Moon, they sell mostly fresh fish but also three or four smoked options, smoked tuna, smoked blue, etc
                http://bluemoonfish.com/fish/

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                Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket
                Prospect Park W and Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238

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                1. re: pitu

                  Is Rego still open? Some rumors have it closed...

                2. Occasionally, Brooklyn Larder (718-783-1250) gets smoked salmon from a local purveyor up in Hudson Valley. He smokes the salmon on premises and it is quite delicious. The Fairway is Red Hook has pretty good sable, smoked tuna as well some naturally hardwood smoked salmon (sans insta-cure).

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                  Bklyn Larder
                  228 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

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                  1. re: bigmackdaddy

                    regarding the OP, I go to Acme every friday morning, recently saw a big box with Greengrass written in marker. To get the good nova u have to buy the fillet, but now they do slice some for you, though its thick and they dont trim the outside.

                    1. re: 2slices

                      Anyone know if Rego is still open? I find the Acme product rather mediocre...

                      1. re: menton1

                        I called they're open til 3pm on weekdays. ACME's weakest item is the nova, but I find the sable, baked salmon and chubs/whitefish to be very very good. Still I get NOVA for $14 lb. Just wish they'd trim it and cut it thin, but theyre not a retail so you gotta put up with that.

                        I have a friend who's got the knife and knows how to cut well. He got a whole filet there and that was great. Huge difference from when I eat it untrimmed.