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Dec 26, 2010 08:11 PM

In Search of Reasonably Priced Politically Correct Caviar

Having a few friends over on New Year's and would like to serve the classic caviar/blini/creme fraiche. Any suggestions on where I might buy some tasty but well priced sustainable caviar anywhere in the NYC area?

Thanks so much!

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    1. re: gutsofsteel

      The Black Sturgeon Project by Mote Marine Research, inSarasota Florida, produces an excellent fresh Sturgeon product. It is sometimes in stock at Petrossian.

        1. re: tschoenberg

          There's a small storefront on Brighton Beach Ave. around 5th that sells good caviar. Don't know about the political correctness, though.

      1. Fish eggs are notoriously essentialist. I suggest you forgo them in favor of some fruits and vegetables that have undergone sensitivity training. Nightshades and leafy greens in particular tend to be ideologically sound.

        If you must have caviar, how about Russ and Daughters, at 179 East Houston? They are family-owned rather than corporate, and have been since 1914. "And Daughters" rather than "and Sons" should get pc points, especially given the pre-feminist venerability of the appellation.

        Btw, there is now a producer of "no-kill" caviar: Mottra. They claim to massage the caviar out of an incision in the lower abdomen of the sturgeon. Sounds a bit fishy to me, but I guess torture and maiming is marginally preferable to killing.

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        1. re: erikschwarz

          But then you don't get to eat that delicious sturgeon meat...sturgeon is one of the most fantastic fish around.

          1. re: EricMM

            Eating our Sturgeon-American friends cannot be politically correct! I myself might enjoy it, but I am a dreadful revanchiste.