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shelsky's smoked fish// 251 smith st// carroll gardens brooklyn

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MarkG Oct 15, 2011 02:39 AM

looking for feedback on their appetizing and their eat in restaurant. comparable to Russ Daughters??

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Shelsky's Smoked Fish
251 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

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  1. missmasala RE: MarkG Oct 15, 2011 02:35 PM

    They have an eat-in restaurant? hmm, didn't know that.

    Appetizing: we've gotten smoked salmon, whitefish, and whitefish salad from there. Salmon is good quality and well sliced, whitefish is also good. did not like the whitefish salad at all--big chunks of celery in it and just not what I was looking for.
    Bagels they carry were ok, but the bialy's weren't so good. But I haven't bought bagels/bialy's from them since right after they opened, so things might be different now.
    I wouldn't travel for it, but since it's right around the corner from me, I consider it a nice addition to the neighborhood. However, as a destination-worthy spot, Russ and Daughters wins, hands down.

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    Shelsky's Smoked Fish
    251 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

    1. jon RE: MarkG Oct 16, 2011 07:57 AM

      I like it but it's no Russ and daughters. Their bagels/ bialy's are from kossars in the city and they are fine but far from the best. Also, since kossars is closed is closed on Saturdays, the bagels shelsky's serves on Saturdays are frozen and then heated up. That is a bit ridiculous, considering they could just pop over to bagel hole in park slope or Windsor bagels for great bagels.

      Also, I got their belly lox once and it was so salty that it was Inedible. In fact we had guests over and they couldn't eat it either. They do have pretty good baked salmon.

      Fact is, I want to like it more than I do, especially considering there's nothing else like it in the neighborhood.

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        missmasala RE: jon Oct 16, 2011 06:07 PM

        That's a good way of putting it: I want to like it more than I do, as well.

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          pshelsky RE: jon Oct 28, 2011 06:36 AM

          As the owner of Shelsky's Smoked Fish, please allow me to kindly respond to your comments.... We now have different fresh bagels on Saturdays, they are not the day-olds from Kossar's anymore. With regards to the belly lox, yes, it is outrageously salty. We source ours from Acme as does every other appetizing shop. It is meant to be extremely salty, as the definition of lox is salt-cured, not-smoked, salmon. If you want something less salty, I would go with any of our smoked salmon varieties.

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          Shelsky's Smoked Fish
          251 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

        2. David11238 RE: MarkG Oct 20, 2011 05:36 AM

          Their organic Irish salmon is delicious. I believe it's made some where in upstate NY. The rest of their smoked salmon seems to be Acme. The rest of their menu such as the salads and lox wings are only fair. You might as well hit Fairway or BKLYN Larder (for the smoked salmon) if you want to stay local. Russ & Daughters or Zabar's if you feel like traveling.

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          Shelsky's Smoked Fish
          251 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

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            pshelsky RE: David11238 Oct 28, 2011 06:42 AM

            Hi David, We source our smoked fish from 3 smoke houses... We get our Gaspe, Belly Lox, David Burke Pastrami salmon, bluefish, chubs, whole whitefish, sable, and baked salmon (lean hot smoked we call it) from Acme. We get our Western Wild King Salmon, Scottish Salmon, and Cold-Smoked Tuna, from The Smokehouse in Mamaroneck. We get our Irish Organic, Smoked Trout Filets, and Kippered (Fatty Hot Smoked) salmon from Samaki in Port Jervis.

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