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Nov 29, 2010 07:34 AM

Best fish markets in the downtown area?

Looking for a good place to get fresh fish in the downtown area. Suggestions?

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  1. Mercato del Mare and James Hook are good options, Cmart in Chinatown also has a fairly wide selection.

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    1. re: itaunas

      Second Mercato and Hook. If $ is no object, Savenor's on Charles has a small fish market.

      I just stopped at a new place in Chinatown; next door to Best Little Restaurant. Good assortment and quality. Some unusual live items. They had opened some months ago but closed due to a fire. Can't recall name..Great Family or something like tthat...down a fews steps.

      1. re: 9lives

        do you remeber what street? and was the selection/quality any better than say Kam Man or C-Mart (both of which I find a bit uneven in quality)?

        1. re: qianning

          It was on Hudson..same side of the street as New Shanghai. I haven't been to Kam Man but I thought it loojed better than CMart's seafood. It's mainly a seafood market; not a supermarket like CMart.

          I was in around lunchtime and it was very busy; but I'll stop in at a slower time and ask the owners how to prepare some of the items that I wasn't familiar with.

          New Shanghai Restaurant
          21 Hudson St, Boston, MA 02111

          1. re: qianning

            I think it's called
            Happy Family Food Mart
            11 Hudson Street

            also in Chinatown
            K's Seafood
            10A Tyler Street
            (617) 426-5153

            1. re: theparegorickid

              thanks to you & 9lives for the info...i'll definitely check it out next time i'm down there...usually i go to courthouse, but with the bridge work its even more of a trudge than usual to get to e. cambridge these days...nice to have alternatives.

              1. re: qianning

                also check out
                Morse Fish Co. Inc.
                1401 Washington Street
                (617) 262-9375
                been in business over 100 years

                Morse Fish Co
                1401 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118

                1. re: theparegorickid

                  thanks for the info. i have been in the morse fish store, although i haven't bought anything there. the quality looked OK, but if my memory is correct, they only sell filets?

                  1. re: qianning

                    Yes, that's correct. Occasionally, they will have trout with two filets still attached to the head, but that's as close as I've seen to them having whole fish.

                    1. re: Mike5966

                      Though it has it has it's fans here, I rarely buy fish at Morse. I just don't generally find the quality to be that good..

                      1. re: 9lives

                        I agree... I mainly go there because it's a 2-block walk away from my place. The main draw there for me is the availability of some rather tasty (and huge) Duxbury oysters.

                        I used a 10-inch pan to plate in the third picture. My OXO oyster knife is too weak to open these without getting damaged. I have to use this other carbon-reinforced French one.

      2. If you are looking for the best seafood restuarant, I would highly suggest Atlantic Fish Company over by Copley area. In my opionion, the best seafoods in Boston!

        1. Hook is pretty good, but be forewarned, they close at 5pm sharp during the week except Friday when they close at 6pm. Found that out tonight the hard way.

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          1. re: misscucina

            Hooks used to close even earlier than 5. Mercato is open til 8 during the week...comes in handy sometimes,