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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?

170 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10012

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  1. 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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      1. re: uncledunkel

        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.

        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

      2. re: bob96

        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:

        505 Columbus Avenue, New York, NY 10024

        31 West 17th Street, New York, NY 10011

        1. re: Mr Porkchop

          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.

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

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

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        1. re: UES Mayor

          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:

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

          80 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

          1. 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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            413 E 12th St, New York, NY 10009

            24 Harrison St, New York, NY 10013

            1. 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.

              240 9th Ave, New York, NY 10001