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uncledunkel Apr 12, 2011 03:57 PM

I tried Baccala for the first time at Lupa a few months ago (their Thursday special) and thought it was excellent. Where else can I find some near that quality?

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Lupa
170 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10012

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    uncledunkel Aug 27, 2011 10:29 AM

    Ordered the baccala at Cacio e Vino last night. Not what I was expected compared to the dish at Lupa. Last night was very salty, Not sure which is the more common preparation.

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    Lupa
    170 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10012

    Cacio e Vino
    80 2nd Avenue, New York, NY 10003

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      uncledunkel Apr 24, 2011 07:28 PM

      thanks for all the suggestions. came across salt cod on the menu at txikito last night so it was one of many things we ordered. very good. will def check out some of the suggestions too.

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      Txikito
      240 9th Ave, New York, NY 10001

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        geendatz Apr 16, 2011 07:48 AM

        I love well made baccala mantecato[the Italian version of brandade]...more olive oil,no cream.The best versions,for my taste,are at Hearth/Terrior and AlDiLa.It's not easy to find good dried baccala,and some restaurants salt their own codfish.

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        Hearth
        403 East 12th Street, New York, NY 10009

        Terroir
        413 E 12th St, New York, NY 10009

        Terroir
        24 Harrison St, New York, NY 10013

        1. Delucacheesemonger Apr 16, 2011 06:54 AM

          Balthazar does a brandade de morue app, that is salt cod with some potato to make smooth

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          Balthazar
          80 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

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            UES Mayor Apr 15, 2011 07:02 AM

            any Peurto Rican or Dominican restaurant should have different versions, also in cold salad form which is da bomb!!!

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              bob96 Apr 15, 2011 03:25 PM

              Always have a baccala (bacalao) at a Latino place, with rice and beans on the side. Guess salt and dried cod is in my dna: my dad's town in Calabria is an epicenter of it, with an annual festa for stocco, the less-common air-dried cod:
              http://www.stoccoestocco.com/en/stock...

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              bob96 Apr 12, 2011 06:12 PM

              As a long time baccala lover, I share your dream. Alas, unless you catch some in a simple salad or stew at a Puerto Rican/Dominican/Cuban cafe, where it's usually regularly available, you'll look hard. Il Colosseo in Bensonhurst has it seasonally (winter--in Italy, it's often treated as a winter dish), and it may pop up as a special at other southern Italian places, but be wary--I've had fresh cod listed as "baccala". You might check Portuguese places--it's a national dish, served in a number of ways, and should be available at any time.

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                uncledunkel Apr 15, 2011 04:49 AM

                thanks bob. no one else?

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                  Riverman500 Apr 15, 2011 05:10 AM

                  You can also search for "bacalao" or "bacalhau" on menupages under find-a-food. I've had very good bacalao croquettes at Cafe Ronda. I think Casa Mono serves this too and Hotel Griffou serves it for brunch as fritters but I haven't tried those dishes yet.

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                  Casa Mono
                  52 Irving Place, New York, NY 10003

                  Cafe Ronda
                  249 Columbus Ave, New York, NY 10023

                  Hotel Griffou
                  21 W 9th St, New York, NY 10011

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                  Mr Porkchop Apr 15, 2011 09:12 AM

                  Any Portuguese place worth its salt cod should have a dish or two. In addition to finding it at Portuguese, Italian, and Caribean places, you're likely come across it on some Spanish and Brazilian menus as well, often in fritter form.

                  I'm quite the bacalao fan, but I'm hard pressed to think of a version in the city that really blew me away. For high quality you might try Aldea, they have some salted cod on the menu. There's a salt cod dish at Kefi that was pretty good, actually probably the best thing I ate at an otherwise underwhelming meal there.

                  I'll ruin a moderator's day by saying if you're ever in Rome you should make a point to visit this place: http://www.fodors.com/world/europe/it...

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                  Kefi
                  505 Columbus Avenue, New York, NY 10024

                  Aldea
                  31 West 17th Street, New York, NY 10011

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                    Mr Porkchop Apr 16, 2011 10:10 AM

                    Ah, almost forgot, City Sandwich, the Portuguese inspired sub shop in Hell's Kitchen, has a pretty unique salt cod sandwich that might be worth checking out.

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                    City Sandwich
                    649 9th Ave, New York, NY 10036

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