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The Lobster Place - closing it's store on Bleeker Street

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jasmine Sep 12, 2011 01:03 PM

Sad news for people who like the Lobster Place. Apparently, they couldn't/didn't want to renew their lease on Bleeker St. and so, as of today, will no longer be there. They will still have the store in the Chelsea Market but for those of us who live in the West Village, the store on Bleeker St. will be missed.

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

The Lobster Place
252 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

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    michelleats Sep 12, 2011 05:42 PM

    Thanks for posting this news, Jasmine. You probably saved me and many others a futile trip to the store.

    It shouldn't be too bad a walk to Chelsea Market, but I'm wondering if we have any other fish markets remaining in the neighborhood. Are Citarella and Whole Foods (Union Square) all that remain?

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    1. re: michelleats
      penthouse pup Sep 12, 2011 06:31 PM

      Depending on what you consider "neighborhood," Sunrise Market has reliable salmon and tuna (although some other items are suspect.) I wish Lobster Place was still with us but truth be told, they weren't given the best quality fish from the home market (or were forced to sell off what they had even when visually untenable.) I only hope some of the guys are retained and back in Chelsea Market.

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      Sunrise Mart
      494 Broome St, New York, NY 10013

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

      1. re: penthouse pup
        loratliff Sep 12, 2011 09:07 PM

        I never noticed a difference in the quality of fish there vs. Chelsea Market. What did you purchase that you thought wasn't quality?

        1. re: loratliff
          penthouse pup Sep 13, 2011 07:04 AM

          Alas, their tuna was often on the browning side...and the halibut was often clearly not as fresh as one would find it at Chelsea. That said, I often went for oysters and salmon...I will miss them.

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          fishermb Sep 13, 2011 04:54 AM

          In regards to your last comment, i read that all of the bleecker staff would be moved to the chelsea market location.

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            michelleats Sep 13, 2011 09:50 AM

            Sunrise is within the realm of the NYU Empire, so good enough! I haven't had great luck with the packaged fish, there, but on a few occasions, I have stumbled across very fresh saury, not packaged, but iced in a bucket. It only seems to be available sporadically as a daily special.

            Luckily, Chelsea Market isn't actually a very long walk, either, really. So if I have to haul my lazy self up there, I will.

            And yes, I agree... I hope there's room for the staff at CM. Lobster Place employs some very, very nice people at both locations.

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

          2. re: michelleats
            David11238 Sep 13, 2011 05:11 AM

            Doesn't the Union Square Green Market have several fish monger vendors?

            1. re: David11238
              penthouse pup Sep 13, 2011 07:05 AM

              Sure--Wednesdays (the best) and Fridays and Saturdays...but come winter, they are gone for the most part.

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              Union Square Greenmarket
              Broadway and E 17th St, New York, NY 10003

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                michelleats Sep 13, 2011 09:53 AM

                Good call. Do you recommend any specific vendors that are both good and well priced? Mostly, I buy produce from the Greenmarket, but seldom meat or fish.

                1. re: michelleats
                  David11238 Sep 13, 2011 10:18 AM

                  I stick with Blue Moon. While they're strictly local fare (Long Island waters), their fish is pretty damned good. I usually buy skate wings, sea scallops, bay scallop & monk fish liver, when in season, and recently some whole skinned & cleaned puffer fish. And if you can get it, the smoked swordfish is amazing. As an aside, I managed to get my hands on some rabbit and pork livers from Acadian Farms (also in the Greenmarket).

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                    michelleats Sep 13, 2011 10:54 AM

                    Oh right!! I need to make a habit of buying there. I've been very happy with their seafood in the past, but for some reason, it never occurs to me to seek them out at the Greenmarket. Mostly, I just want to grab the necessities and then run from the crowds. Thanks, David. Great tip.

                    1. re: michelleats
                      penthouse pup Sep 13, 2011 02:27 PM

                      Blue Moon is there Wednesday. I've found Pura Vida (Friday) to be good but not at Blue Moon's level and the Saturday group (owner's name is Wade) has a nice selection that's nothing to complain about but Blue Moon is tops. By the way, on Wednesday, the "trout man" whose name I forget offers extraordinary smoked trouts and his fresh ones are superb, as well.

            2. loratliff Sep 12, 2011 04:15 PM

              It closed yesterday. Murray's will be expanding into their space.

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