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terasec Feb 8, 2012 09:18 AM

Not counting chinatown,
I live in chinatown and seen too much to trust anything south of canal.
I have gone to chelseas market,
While I like the large selection, lobster and clams were great, the fish were expensive and not so fresh.

Lately been going to a small market in astoria.
Anyone still buy fresh fish in manhattan?
I used to be a regular when seaport had the market.
Been to the bronx market twice, couldn't handle it.
Where's the fish?

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  1. Motosport Feb 8, 2012 11:45 AM

    Grand Central Marketplace has at least one fish market that looks good. Probably very expensive like the rest of the market.

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    Wild Edibles
    Grand Central Terminal, New York, NY 10017

    Pescatore Seafood
    Grand Central Terminal, New York, NY 10017

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      City Kid Feb 8, 2012 12:11 PM

      Last time I was at Sea Breeze (on 9th Ave, south of Port Authority) a few months ago it was still very good.

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      Sea Breeze Fish Market
      541 9th Ave, New York, NY 10018

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        orthorunner Feb 8, 2012 07:44 PM

        Sea Breeze has some good options, but you do have to be somewhat cautious in choosing. Beware of the flesh-down fillets on display; ask to see the flesh side to make sure it is indeed fresh. I have generally had the best luck with fish steaks such as tuna. They do a nice job with whole fish; they will descale it and take off the head and tail very efficiently if desired.

      2. JungMann Feb 8, 2012 12:52 PM

        Katagiri, the Japanese market on East 59th Street has a limited selection, but what they do have is quite fresh and rotates.

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        Katagiri
        224 E 59th St, New York, NY 10022

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          adido Feb 8, 2012 01:13 PM

          I live near Piscane - 1st ave and 52nd a little out of your way but the M15 bus can get you there. I've never shopped there because it seems to be a M-F 9-5 kind of place. It never seems open when i need to go shopping.

          http://nymag.com/listings/stores/pisa...

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          Pisacane
          940 1st Ave, New York, NY 10022

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            erica Feb 9, 2012 03:51 AM

            Pisacane is excellent. I think they close later than 5pm most weekdays and I know that they stay open until 6 or so on Fridays. It is a true family business, now run by two brothers. Just the kindest people. If you do not see what you want in the display case, ask because many items are kept in the back. (I've never seen skate on display but they always seem to have it on hand; ditto monkfish)

            They do a big wholesale trade as well as retail.

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            Pisacane
            940 1st Ave, New York, NY 10022

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            comiendosiempre Feb 8, 2012 07:27 PM

            Pisacane is excellent. The lobster place in Chelsea Mkt is also great and has good prices, lots of volume and selection.

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

            Pisacane
            940 1st Ave, New York, NY 10022

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              foodwhisperer Feb 8, 2012 07:55 PM

              Central Fish Market on 9th between 39th and 40th is excellent.

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              Central Fish Market
              527 9th Ave, New York, NY 10018

              1. foodmonk Feb 9, 2012 04:41 AM

                You mention that the fish isn't fresh in Chelsea Market, so I just want to offer a counter-opinion. I have always found the fish at Lobster Place to be fresh, beautiful and of good quality. It is a bit more expensive, but leaps and bounds better than what you will find under plastic at your local supermarket.

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

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                  terasec Feb 9, 2012 05:22 AM

                  Thanks for the replies,
                  M-f 9-5 place will be tough,
                  But see there's a few places I should check out.
                  As for chelsea market. Not that its so bad that I wouldn't go back.
                  But wasn't anything I would look forward to. Or go out of my way for.
                  I usually buy $50-$100 worth of seafood at a time, more for holidays and such.
                  Last few times I went there were a couple fish that was less than desireable some smell, texture was off, etc.
                  As opposed to my recent trip to an astoria market.
                  Everything Was very fresh, no odors, the snapper I just needed a light seasoning and steamed and wow flavor was great.
                  Same with fresh sardines I picked up.

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                    adido Feb 9, 2012 06:25 AM

                    I would reach out to Piscane (what I misdiagnosed as a M-F 9-5 place) to find out their hours of operation. It is a great business to support - I just rarely buy fish and when I want to I haven’t thought ahead to try to go there. Also Ideal Cheese is right next door and is another gem and worth the trek.

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                    Ideal Cheese Shop
                    942 1st Ave, New York, NY 10022

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                      Yaxpac Feb 9, 2012 07:36 AM

                      I am curious which place in Astoria that you are referring to. I live in Astoria and after Marino brothers closed there is not much in the way of a good fish store.

                      I usually head to Chelsea for the best selection and quality. Eataly has great quality too but is ridiculously priced.

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                      Eataly
                      200 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010

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                        terasec Feb 9, 2012 08:01 AM

                        Its actually not a fish market
                        A fruit store called berry market or something like that, that has a seafood section in the back. Its small and very limited, but so far has been great.
                        Off of ditmars and 46th I think

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                    small h Feb 9, 2012 06:22 AM

                    Have you checked out any of the Greenmarket seafood vendors? They aren't cheap, but there are often bargains to be had, and I think most of the fish is less than a day out of the water. Blue Moon is my favorite.

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

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                      lexismore Feb 9, 2012 07:27 AM

                      Blue Moon is fantastic. They don't have as wide a selection as some of the bigger places, but I've found their quality to be absolutely top notch. Unfortunately, they're closed from late December to sometime in March.

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                        small h Feb 9, 2012 08:15 AM

                        Yes, that's true. For now, there's PE & DD, also pretty good. And soon it will be March!

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