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Where to Buy Sea Urchin/Uni (as ingredient, not @ restaurants)??

I am looking for a source of sea urchin for home cooking. I don't know how other markets sell it, but at Sunrise Mart and Mitsuwa (Japanese groceries) it comes on a little wooden slab covered in plastic. Problem is, Mistuwa is too far and Sunrise doesn't have it reliably.

Please help, hounds!

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Sunrise Mart
4 Stuyvesant St, New York, NY 10003

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  1. You can buy it online ("Catalina" in California is supposed to be an excellent & reliable source), but of course the shipping will be pricey.

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    1. re: Breezychow

      I've only ordered from them once, but my experience was pretty negative. I probably will not be ordering from them again.

      1. re: small h

        Egg on my face...thanks for the heads up!

        1. re: Puppimus

          No problem. Good luck in your search, and please report back.

      2. I remember buying them whole and alive from Citerella some years back. You might want to call D&D on Prince and Broadway as well for the shelled.How about the Korean Supermarket on W32nd bet Ave. of Americas & 5th Ave?

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        Citarella
        2135 Broadway, New York, NY 10023

        Han Ah Reum
        25 W 32nd St, New York, NY 10001

        1. I saw it in the shell at Eataly!

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          Eataly
          200 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010

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          1. re: luckiestduck

            do you remember the price or approximate price. i have been there and found everything over the top in price and bought nothing when i went.

            1. re: G3B

              I think it was $5.80/lb at Eataly. They are the Maine sea urchins though.

              I bought a tray of uni (Maine) at Eataly for $22 and I thought it was pretty good.

              I want to find a tray of Santa Barbara uni though.

              From what I have been told...fresh out of the ocean = good to eat right away. Out of the ocean for a few hours and you need to soak it for a while in ocean/salt water. Out of the ocean longer than that and it must have alum in it for preservative.

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              Eataly
              200 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010

          2. California urchin is at Lobster Place (Chelsea Market location) as of today.

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            The Lobster Place
            75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011