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Is it possible to buy fresh sea urchin from a market? Does Lobster Place carry them?
I love fresh uni with nothing on it so I don't find it necessary to go to a restaurant.

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

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  1. Eataly carries it, according to this report:

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7427...

    I've also seen it for sale at AquaBest on Grand St.

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    1. re: small h

      confirming that you can purchase it at Eataly.

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      Eataly
      200 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010

    2. Sunrise Mart generally has it. Often they'll have a couple different types, too - I'll use the cheaper one for making sauces / uni butter / etc, the fancier stuff for serving straight. Probably even the fancy grade is cheaper than at Eataly, though I admit I've actually been quite surprised at some of the prices at The Big E being more reasonable than I expected. On the other hand, some of the prices were exorbitant. Worth checking out, though.

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      Sunrise Mart
      494 Broome St, New York, NY 10013

      Sunrise Mart
      4 Stuyvesant St, New York, NY 10003

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      1. re: sgordon

        I've purchased it at Sunrise Mart and found it barely edible. Perhaps it was a bad day.

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        Sunrise Mart
        4 Stuyvesant St, New York, NY 10003

        1. re: uwsister

          Probably depends which grade you got - last time I was there, there was one for, like, $7 a tray and another for $24, if I remember the prices right. That second number might be a little high - maybe it was $21 or so. But that fluctuates with the seasons. Like I said, the cheap stuff was fine for making sauces where it was one of several players - but I'd use the good stuff for when it's the focus of a dish.

          1. re: sgordon

            Frankly I don't remember the price - have you tried the expensive one there?

            1. re: uwsister

              Yeah, I've had both - like I said, the cheap one was good for making sauces & uni butter and such, the pricier one for serving raw / garnishing.

          2. re: uwsister

            Sunrise sometimes has uni labeled "California" and if you check the sell-by date to ensure it's worth buying, you may be surprised--it's been sweet and fresh when we have purchased it. Usually goes for $20 a tray.

        2. I've purchased it at Citarella but wasn't happy with the quality. This link may be helpful:

          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/481880

          1. I bought a box from Mitsuwah in NJ....it was ok...I should give Eatery a try.

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            1. re: Monica

              Please report back when you try Eataly. I haven't liked Mitsua's uni either. I actually haven't found uni at a store that compares to the uni served at good sushi restaurants.

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              Eataly
              200 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010

            2. Although I have never ordered from here myself, I know several people who do, and have been very pleased:

              http://www.catalinaop.com/Sea_Urchin_...

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              1. re: gutsofsteel

                Ok, because of your post, I put an order for the premium uni (and some other stuff) to be delivered today. Just received it and have a question. When I received it, it was still cool (delivery was delayed for a few hours for some reason). Just tried it and was kind of fizzy (when I put it on my tongue, there was a carbonation). Taste is good, but am a bit concerned about the fizz. Is that normal?

                1. re: Miss Needle

                  Nope. It sounds like it turned as does potato or macaroni salad does when not properly attended to. I'm curious, did the uni have a tin-metallic taste as well?

                  1. re: bigmackdaddy

                    That was what was surprising. The taste was fine. It was by far better than all of the uni I've purchased at stores. It just fizzed on my mouth -- and it was all of the pieces. I even tasted the fizz with the rice and seaweed. And when I tried the toro, there was a slight fizz, only when eaten alone. With rice, couldn't really detect it. The other fish I purchased were fine.