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A restaurant that specialized in Ugly Fish

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irbaboon Jan 9, 2012 03:56 PM

I am looking for the name of a restaurant that was featured in the Food Network several years ago. It specialized in serving very ugly species of fish in unusual manners such as a large black toothy fish curled with it's tail in it's mouth. The restaurant owner said "The uglier the fish, the sweeter the taste" I think it may have been located in NYC. Any idea what the name of this place is or was?

  1. EricMM Jan 10, 2012 02:18 PM

    There was a restaurant in NYC called the John Dory, now closed but the chef (April Bloomfield? Not sure...) opened a new seafood restaurant who's name escapes me. I never ate there, but the john dory itself is a pretty ugly fish...very thin and flat, but with a very big, narrow head. Most are silvery with a black spot near the tail. Delicious if you can find it...very firm meat.

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      small h Jan 10, 2012 05:00 PM

      The John Dory closed at its original location in Chelsea and reopened at the Ace Hotel in November of 2010. The chef is indeed April Bloomfield.

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      Bellachefa Jan 10, 2012 06:50 PM

      How long ago was this. The Patagonia Toothfish that was later marketed and nearly fished to extinction was called the familiar Chilean Sea Bass. I once bought butaguchii from a fishmonger in hawaii that said it was an ugly fish but delicious. And it was delicious.

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