Gravlax? Where to buy the fresh salmon and your best recipe!
Hello! I am invited to an Xmas diner and I have to bring an appetizing fish and I was thinking of making gravlax. Where can I but the fish (either Brooklyn or Manahattan below 14th Street) and what is your best and simplest recipe? Thanks in advance!
re: The Chowhound Team
Relax The Chowhound Team. The poster specifically asked about Brooklyn OR Manhattan below 14th St. We can allow a LITTLE crossover, so that every person with a shopping inquiry doesn't have to cross-post twice. I would think making things easier on the users would be the first priority, rather than making things more convoluted for them. I don't know if The Chowhound Team is from NYC or not, but in many cases it's easier for people to get from where they're starting in Brooklyn to a Manhattan location than it would be for some other intra-borough location. For example: if someone's in South Brooklyn and the recommendation is in North Broooklyn, Queens, or The Bronx, they will undoubtedly have to go into Manhattan on the subway first and then transfer to another subway heading back out - it's actually easier for them to just go somewhere in Manhattan. No need to be so strict on the geographic "rules" (which are inherently flawed, for the reason I just decribed) every time as long as people aren't abusing it.
And to roux42: could you tell us where you're starting from in Brooklyn? If you're in Bay Ridge, say, there wouldn't be much use in anyone recommending a place in Williamsburg - or vice-versa.
100% agree with SG. If it weren't for work, I would rarely be above 14th street.
But getting back to fish sources in Brooklyn, I suggest Fish Tails in Cobble Hill, Garden of Eden in Bk Hts or Fresh Direct. When I make gravlax, I like to use an at least side of salmon. Makes it easier to cut. You can order an entire salmon or just a side from Fresh Direct.
Garden of Eden
180 Montague St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
191 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
The very best and most simple recipe is from one by Mark Bittman called the Minimalist's Gravlax on The New York Times Dining wine recipes. I mad itlast night. It took me 10 minutes to prepare. I bought the salmon in Fairway in Douglaston so that doesn't help you. I've made it often and it's always excellent.
If for some reason you can't find the recipe let me know and I will write it out. It calls for only 4 ingredients including the salmon.
A book called COOKING ONE ON ONE by John Ash (co-authored by me!) has a good explanation of how to do it, with a recipe and variations in case the classic flavoring is not to your taste.