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Another question about Jackson Heights! Where is the best place to buy fresh fish? I usually buy fish in the Chelsea Market at The Lobster Place, but it's totally out of my way these days. Many thanks for any suggestions!

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  1. Jackson Heights Farmers' market on Sundays.

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    1. re: saria

      Great idea!

    2. Go down Broadway a few blocks into Elmhurst, and you can get much better fish/seafood at Hong Kong or NY Markets. There's another good one whose name I can never remember at B'way near Queens Blvd.

      1. Whatever you do, avoid Pacific Market on 75th and Bdwy.

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        1. re: Miss Needle

          ... as well as Hong Kong Supermarket further down on Broadway.

          1. re: diprey11

            I like Hong Kong...it usually has pretty good stuff. I got a really nice grouper there yesterday. But Pacific Market is the pits.

            1. re: EricMM

              Do they stock mostly wild or gross farmed stuff?

              1. re: AubWah

                The salmon, tilapia, hybrid bass, catfish, and barramundi are farmed, as is this very pretty and bizarre looking freshwater fish, which I believe is a kind of goby. In other words, the usual suspects. The shrimp, mussels and oysters are also farmed, and they occasionally have the farmed cod that have those white tags in their mouth. All the other fresh fish- snapper, sea bass, porgies, etc. are wild. The frozen fish, mostly pomfrets and milkfish, are farmed, at least the milkfish is. They are now carrying live spot prawns (wild) from the west coast....very expensive, but absolutely delicious. I look forward to their arrival in spring even more than the arrival of soft-shell crabs.

        2. What about woodside?

          1. Jose Fish Market, Roosevelt Ave and 81st (?) St.

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            1. re: janethepain

              Awesome, that's right by me. I'll check it out!

              1. re: janethepain

                At least a few years ago, Jose Fish Market also made some decent prepared foods, notably soup ... http://www.chow.com/digest/6704/fish-...

                1. re: squid kun

                  Ok, I'm confused. I went to Jose Fish Market and saw no fresh fish, just prepared fried fish. And it had that strong fishy smell... am I missing something?

                  1. re: luckiestduck

                    Did you check the back? Farther back in the store, next to the counter, they have a bar of fresh fish and some shellfish.

              2. For most basic seafood items, check out Chong Hap, the Korean market on Roosevelt/73rd-ish. Not a great selection, but most items are handled with better care than most other places nearby.

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                1. re: E Eto

                  agreed, they had really pristine mackerel the other day. Not a huge selection, but what is there is good. We stock up at the farmer's market (now it's always fish dinner on Sunday)

                  1. re: quentinC

                    Seatides on Roosevelt and 92nd street...been going there for more than 20 years.

                    1. re: PHREDDY

                      I second Seatide Fish & Lobster on Roosevelt & Warren (I think this is the place you mean, a block from Junction). It's owned by a couple of Sicilian Brothers. They have another location in Brooklyn. They get fish every day and supply a lot of the local restaurants in Jackson Heights and Corona. I think they're open from 9 a.m. till 7 p.m. except Sundays when they're only there the early part of the day. They usually have an interesting selection. I'm allergic to shellfish so I haven't discussed those with them. They should be able to tell you where the fish come from. They've lately started making some marinated and ceviche preparations, as well.

                      1. re: JH Jill

                        Yes that is it....one block from Junction...and it is a father who has the store in Brooklyn and the son in JH....they do a huge wholesale business with many restaurants, in Manhattan as well as in Astoria...

                        If you do not see it out, ask them if they have some in the fridge, downstairs....

                2. Try Skyfoods at 79-55 Albion Ave.

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                  1. re: sharonj

                    mi tierra foods on northern and 81, or thereabouts, has a very decent selection of standard stuff: cod, salmon, bluefish, tilefish, tilapia, etc. the quality and prices are good and it's all quite fresh. for a wider selection, while a car ride away, go to H mart in flushing on union st. but when i just want something simple, i go to mi tierra and i've never been disappointed with the quality.