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Where to go to make the best Seafood Platter?

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I need to prepare a beautiful seafood platter for 12-15 dinner guests...where should I go to purchase fresh seafood?

Oysters
Shrimp or Prawns
Littleneck Clams, Mussels, or Cocktail Claws
Crab Dip
Poached or Smoked Salmon
Steamed lobster

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  1. The Lobster Place in Chelsea Mkt is probably a very good bet. Great seafood, wide choice and good prices. You may also want to see if they, or another fish monger, could make you such a platter. It may save you a lot of time and effort. Though I imagine you don't want those oysters opened too far in advance. Good luck.

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

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    1. re: comiendosiempre

      +1 You can hear (I mean smell) the ocean when you walk in.

      1. re: Cheese Boy

        THIS.

    2. Citarella has been famous for their top quality fish and seafood for years. I would probably have them prepare the platter. Whole Foods can also do that, and Zabar's as well.

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      Citarella
      2135 Broadway, New York, NY 10023

      Zabar's
      2245 Broadway, New York, NY 10024

      Whole Foods
      10 Columbus Cir, New York, NY 10019

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      1. re: ChefJune

        Zabar's...hmmm...don't think so. They don't sell fresh fish, only smoked fish + herrings.

        Fairway will probably be a better place.
        There or Citarella.

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        Fairway Market
        2127 Broadway, New York, NY 10023

        1. re: pbjluver

          Eli Zabar's market indeed sells fresh fish and seafood

          http://www.elizabar.com/

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          Eli's Manhattan
          1411 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10028

        2. re: ChefJune

          I would go to Citarella -- have put my own together from there in the past. Not a fan of the seafod at Whole Foods, and I believe it is correct that Zabar's doesn't sell fresh seafood, though Eli's on the UES does -- for a price.

          Edit -- also not a huge fan of the seafood at Fairway -- nothing wrong with it, but I always go next door to Citarella instead.

          Dorian's is my favorite fishmonger in the city -- expensive, but they do deliver.

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          Dorian's Seafood Market
          1580 York Ave, New York, NY 10028

          1. re: MMRuth

            Pisacane.

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            Pisacane
            940 1st Ave, New York, NY 10022