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Jan 16, 2011 03:54 PM

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!

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?

        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!

          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.

              200 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010

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

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