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Fish & Chips

My 11-year-old daughter has decided that she loves fish and chips, based on one out-of-town experience. I'd appreciate recommendations for a good place in Manhattan.

I'm not overly picky and not looking for a gourmet experience -- but I would rather avoid the local tavern where of course they have F&C on the menu, but what you get is something bought in Costco, taken from the freezer and tossed into long-over-used oil.

I had the F&C at Le Caprice at the Pierre not long ago, and it really was exceptional -- good fish, lightly battered, cleanly fried. Had the F&C at Landmark Tavern more recently, a really excellent block of fish but too heavily battered. Crunchy, and you could taste the oil.

Any thoughts? We're pretty flexible all around, but I'd like it to be a good experience for her.

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Landmark Tavern
626 11th Ave, New York, NY 10036

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  1. I really like A Salt & Battery in the West Village. It's solely a fish and chips shop.

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    A Salt & Battery
    112 Greenwich Ave, New York, NY 10014

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    1. re: loratliff

      I came to say the same thing loratliff did - the fish and chips at AS&B are really really good . . .well, the fish is, im not a fan of the extra-wide traditional cut of chips - if i wanted a baked potato id order a baked potato, give me shoestrings or give me death! (or salad). this is more a personal preference thing than a commentary on the objective quality of their offerings.

    2. My favorite F&C in the city is Mollys. Yes its a pub but the F&C are fantastic.

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      Molly's
      287 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10010

      1. Although NOT in Manhattan, The Chip Shop in Park Slope, Brooklyn is a good palce to get fish and chips done right. It's a British-owned and run establishment and in my opinion, their fish and chips are MUCH better than A Salt & Battery. I also love their malt vinegar and tartar sauce they serve as well.

        The Chip Shop also serves up fantastic deep-fried candy bars.

        http://chipshopnyc.com/

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        1. re: SpaceFood

          +1 - best fish & chips in NYC is not in Manhattan

        2. The fish and chips we had at Ed's Chowder House were excellent.

          Ed's Chowder House photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...

          http://thewizardofroz.wordpress.com

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          Ed's Chowder House
          44 W 63rd St, New York, NY 10023

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          1. re: RGR

            I had a sudden craving for fish & chips tonight, searched through chowhound and found your comment. Since it's YOUR comment, I thought I had to give it a try and made a reservation at Ed's Chowder House. Their fish & chips were really awsome! Not only that, the half-shell lobster was also great. Thanks very much RGR! :)

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            Ed's Chowder House
            44 W 63rd St, New York, NY 10023

          2. The chef at Kingswood is British and I really enjoyed the fish & chips entree there a couple weeks ago. The dish is composed of a large piece of fresh, moist fish inside thick, well-seasoned, ridiculously crunchy batter, sitting on top of perfectly crispy salty fries.

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            Kingswood
            121 West 10th Street, New York, NY 10011

            1. If you and your daughter are the adventurous type(not snobs).....do not discount the local Korean fishmarkets. many have hot deep fried fish made to order which they serve with fries or steamed fried rice, or as sandwiches. Whiting is the cheapest, but cod/pollack and flounder are also available. You will not find any fresher made fish and chips....btw....fries are always frozen... coating is more of the breadcrumb variety, not battered....and some will have a few small tables to sit at.

              1. Interesting to see this post, since I was in mood for fish and chips tonite. I had fish and chips at Pastis. The chips were great, the fish was OK but nothing to write home about.

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                Pastis
                9 9th Ave, New York, NY 10014

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                1. re: foodwhisperer

                  Has anyone ever been to Famous Fish Market in Harlem (684 St Nicholas Ave@145th St)? I know this is not an experience in ambiance, but it keeps popping up when I search for "best fried fish in NYC". It is a take out place. I have wanted to try it for a while now.

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                  Famous Fish Market
                  684 Saint Nicholas Ave, New York, NY 10030