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Where to Buy Excellent Scallops

Nancy S. Jul 21, 2012 09:22 PM

I would love a suggestion as to where to buy the best (i.e., freshest, sweetest, etc.) scallops in Manhattan. I'm willing to travel to any neighborhood for excellent specimens. Many thanks in advance.

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    Nancy S. Jul 25, 2012 03:33 AM

    The scallops (and lobster) from The Lobster Place were impeccable -- simply stunning! Thanks again for the advice.

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      von_levi Jul 24, 2012 09:30 AM

      Dare I say it, but what about Whole Foods?

      I could have sworn I read somewhere that they have their own pier in NYC so they can minimize the time it takes to get seafood into their stores.

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        Simon Jul 24, 2012 08:10 PM

        Never bought scallops there...and while i buy a lot of things at Whole Foods (soymilk, nuts, grapefruit, etc), i've never been impressed by their fresh fish/seafood...(but have avoided it for a long time, so maybe there are more current views...?)

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          erica Jul 25, 2012 04:53 AM

          I think there are better places to buy shellfish, and fish, than WholeFoods.

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        Nancy S. Jul 24, 2012 06:17 AM

        Thanks for all the replies. I'm going to the Lobster Place today. They get in scallops daily, by 10:30am. I'm also going to buy some live lobsters for a sauce. I'll report back.

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          HippieChick Jul 24, 2012 01:38 AM

          Rosendo, 2nd Ave between 22 and 23 Streets, has dry scallops that looked pretty good the other week when I was in there.

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            rae305 Jul 23, 2012 01:58 PM

            Pisacane on 1st Avenue & 52nd Street - great selection - very fresh.

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              lexismore Jul 23, 2012 09:21 AM

              It won't help if your dinner party is Tuesday, but I've found the scallops at Blue Moon (Wednesday at Union Square Greenmarket) to be hands down, the best I've ever tasted - on par with ones I've eaten at high end restaurants.

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                David11238 Jul 23, 2012 09:33 AM

                I second Blue Moon. They pretty much have the best sea and bay scallops (and local fish nd shellfish) in the five boroughs. The only scallops which are fresher and tastier, IMO, is if you can get said scallops in the shell (from Blue Moon). The attached roe makes all the difference. Especially eaten raw.

                Blue Moon is at the Tribeca Greenmarket on Saturdays as well the Union Square Greenmarket.

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                  JeremyEG Jul 23, 2012 09:19 PM

                  I third Blue Moon. I have yet to taste better scallops, even at most restaurants. I'm not even sure the pricing is much different from a decent fish store. Enjoy!

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                dyrewolf Jul 22, 2012 02:31 PM

                Wild Edibles... get the dry scallops

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                  Gelaine Jul 22, 2012 01:57 PM

                  You could check with Dorian's: 1580 York Ave # 1 New York, NY 10028
                  (212) 535-2256 *That's between 83rd and 84th.)

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                    Simon Jul 22, 2012 09:42 AM

                    like others above, i buy my scallops at the Union Square Green Market (M, W, F, Sat)...

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                      Nancy S. Jul 22, 2012 09:51 AM

                      Unfortunately, I need them for a dinner party on Tuesday!

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                        erica Jul 22, 2012 10:07 AM

                        A very pricey option would be to order from this supplier of many upscale local restaurants. Next delivery appears to be Tuesday:


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                          Nancy S. Jul 22, 2012 10:16 AM

                          How uncanny -- I was just thinking about Browne Trading. We would stop there on our annual visits to Maine several years back. I'll look into it. ETA: I just looked at the site, scallops are temporarily unavailable!

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                          Simon Jul 22, 2012 05:28 PM

                          buy them tomorrow at the Green Market...even held til Tuesday, i think they'll be tastier than most store-bought scallops...

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                            Nancy S. Jul 22, 2012 05:49 PM

                            I'll give it a try. Thanks!

                      2. erica Jul 22, 2012 05:35 AM

                        The best available in NYC, to me, are the Peconic Bay scallops, with Nantucket scallops running second. But the season will not start until the fall, when you can find them in many markets and at the Greenmarket fish vendors.

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                          Nancy S. Jul 22, 2012 06:41 AM

                          I too love the bay scallops. I'm wondering, though, where restaurants, like EMP, source their shellfish and whether it's possible to buy retail.

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                            Yaxpac Jul 22, 2012 08:33 AM

                            You can get some nice scallops at the union square farmers market. For retail i would say the Lobster Place In the Chelsea market or Eataly.

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