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Smoked Sturgeon?

My husband and I are coming to NYC on Friday for the weekend and we're planning to go to either Barney Greengrass or Russ + Daughters. Btw, thanks to all of you who already helped us plan our trip. I've had plenty of nova, whitefish, sable, baked salmon, etc. in my day, but I've never had sturgeon. What is it like? How do you eat it - on a bagel? with eggs? If I'm getting a bagel with 1/2 nova and 1/2 sable, am I making a mistake by not trying the sturgeon? Thanks!

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Barney Greengrass
541 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024

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  1. Smoked sturgeon is quite tasty, white, delicate, slightly meaty - completely different from smoked salon or trout and definitely worth trying. You can put it on a bagel in much the same way as smoked salmon.

    1. In case it's of any use to you (like if you get to Barney Greengrass and the line is too long), you should know about Murray's Sturgeon Shop (could the name be better suited to your needs?) on Broadway between 89th & 90th. It's not a sit-down place like BG, but the quality of their smoked fish is excellent.

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      Barney Greengrass
      541 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024

      Murray's Sturgeon Shop
      2429 Broadway, New York, NY 10024

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      1. re: boredough

        Murray's does seem to be very good. I've only been there a few times, but each time, the cutting was excellent.

        1. re: boredough

          It's the same fish.

          I know a guy who works at the company that supplies fish to both places (and also many others). Same fish.

        2. Definitely worth getting. As someone else said Sturgeon is different from sable or salmon. Since it will be you and your husband you could always get a third bagel to split. You can get half with sturgeon and half with another fish for you to try.

          1. "If I'm getting a bagel with 1/2 nova and 1/2 sable, am I making a mistake by not trying the sturgeon?"

            YES

            Barney Greengrass is not called the Sturgeon King for nothing. If you have a taste for smoked fish, you will appreciate the uniqueness of sturgeon, You are in for a treat.
            I suggest the Sturgeon Platter, knowing that appetizers of Nova and/or sable are possible additions. To further complicate matters, the whitefish salad is 'to die for.'
            Arrive early to avoid the crowds.
            Enjoy!

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            Barney Greengrass
            541 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024

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            1. re: Chuck Lawrence

              Okay, I'm sold on the sturgeon. We will fit it in somehow even if we have to eat more than we planned! But my follow up question is this: we are planning on Ellis Island on Sat. so our A plan was to go to Russ & Daughters, gets bagels and then go to Katz's and get a sandwich and eating it all at Katz's. Our B plan if it's too cold for Ellis Island is to go to Barney Greengrass and then hit one of the museums up there. Is the sturgeon equally as good at Russ & Daughters?

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              Barney Greengrass
              541 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024

              Russ & Daughters
              179 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002

              1. re: tlubow

                not having been to barney greengrass, i can't compare, but everything i've ever had at russ and daughters has been exceptional.

                1. re: rose water

                  i agree on russ and daughters, their smoked fish is really exceptional...i really like their smoked sturgeon

                  ive never had barney greengrass though, so i cant compare

                  1. re: Lau

                    Did you have it as a platter or on a bagel?

                    1. re: tlubow

                      i got it as a separate platter, i dont like it on a bagel actually

                      i stuff i generally get is one of their smoked salmon on a bagel with cream cheese, pickled herring in cream sauce, smoked sable and smoked sturgeon (although not in one sitting just generally i mean).

                      it is one of the few really old school NY "institution" type places that i actually think serves a really great quality product that deserves all the praise it gets as opposed to a veniero's where you're living off the reputation built a long time ago on long since dead quality product

                    2. re: Lau

                      both are good. but i like the sturgeon better at Barney Greengrass. everything else though, prefer Russ and Daughters.

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                      Barney Greengrass
                      541 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024

                      1. re: daffyduck

                        I looked at the weather report and it's going to be cold, cold, cold on Saturday, so Ellis Island may be off and Barney Greengrass will probably be on. That being said, what about the sturgeon and eggs?

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                        Barney Greengrass
                        541 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024

                        1. re: tlubow

                          For me smoked sturgeon is a real delicacy. While I'm sure the egg dish is nice, I'm a purist - just cream cheese and bagel.

                  2. re: tlubow

                    Everything at Russ and Daughters is delicious but there is only one Sturgeon King.

                    I suggest you have an early sit down breakfast at Barney Greengrass, then hop on the subway at Bway and 86th to Battery Park and Ellis Island (a memorable site, to be sure). Then, like many of our ancestors, head to the Lower East Side and Katz's. You can always hit Russ and Daughters after, have them pack up supplies in an insulated bag, and take it home with you.
                    Also, il Laboratorio del Gelato is right there...

                    1. re: Chuck Lawrence

                      sounds like i need to head to barney greengrass....i wish LES was closer to UWS b/c it's one hell of a trek, but ill make it up there

                      1. re: Lau

                        Come on Lau, you seem to make the long flight to Asia or the West Coast easily. Transferring between the F and the B is not bad nor between the E and the C or the NR and the 1.

                        1. re: MVNYC

                          haha this is true

                          ok i just looked it up on google maps directions, i should be able to get there in like 35-40 mins, i guess its not that bad

                        2. re: Lau

                          if youre coming from around Katz just take the one stop over to W4 and transfer there.

                  3. Get to Barney's before 10:00 on Sunday morning and you'll probably get a table pretty quickly. After 10:00 it really fills up fast.

                    If you've never had sturgeon, this is the place to try it.