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djwackfriz Apr 29, 2011 10:03 AM

Anyone know of a fish market in Chinatown that sells whole flying fish, either frozen or fresh?

I've poked around a bit with no luck, but there are 35 million fish markets to sift through.

Any help is much appreciated!

  1. sgordon Apr 29, 2011 10:51 AM

    Don't know of any specific ones, but you might want to start by concentrating on the Vietnamese markets - it shows up in Viet cuisine here and there, not so much in Chinese.

    The only resto I know of that serves it (other than the roe) is Robataya NY. Might want ask someone there if they'll divulge their source.

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    Robataya NY
    231 E 9th St, New York, NY 10003

    1. DaveCook Apr 29, 2011 11:11 PM

      Flying fish also land at Bajan restaurants -- that is, businesses catering to folks from Barbados. Culpepper's and Cock's, both in Brooklyn, are two that comes to mind.

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        djwackfriz May 3, 2011 08:26 AM

        Thanks for the tips guys!

        I checked every Viet/Thai/Amalay grocery in Chinatown this weekend, no luck unfortunately. I even stopped in several Vietnamese restaurants and showed the cooks a picture of a flying fish, and only one had ever seen one. He said I will never find this in the U.S.

        Also called The Lobster Place in Chelsea Market, they've never seen them imported.

        Last stop is Culpepper's to see if they'll sell me some raw fillets!

        ugggghhhh

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

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