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Where to get a whole crispy fish served to my table? (bonus if spicy!)

kingdavid Nov 30, 2012 12:40 PM

I had once had a whole crispy flounder served in a Spicy Tamarind Chili sauce. Where can I get something like this is Manhattan? Italian or Asian style is all good!

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    Alan Henderson Nov 30, 2012 02:00 PM

    Lan Sheng has Crispy Fish Filets with sichuan chili-minced pork on the menu, I've not had it, but it is one of my favorite sichuan spots in Manhattan.

    1. Motosport Nov 30, 2012 02:08 PM

      How about Greek? Ethos has a marvelous fresh grilled fish but I don't remember a spicy option.

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        GaryUES Nov 30, 2012 05:48 PM

        It would be hard to list all the Thai and Vietnamese restaurants that serve whole (head on ) crispy and spicey fish. What neighborhood, and what price-point do you have in mind?

        1. JungMann Nov 30, 2012 06:11 PM

          Zabb Elee has a very good crispy fish with a similar spicy and sour sauce.

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            foodwhisperer Dec 1, 2012 12:29 AM

            I second ZE, Tom and Toon does filet of fish in tamarind chili sauce, if you request they can do a whole crispy snapper the same way and excellently. Pig and Khao does a whole crispy fish but not with the Tamarind Chili, they do a hot and sour cilantro basil broth, and it is delicious.

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            UES Mayor Dec 1, 2012 06:05 AM

            Veatery (Former Saigon Grill) on 88th and 2nd has very good version.

            1. iluvcookies Dec 1, 2012 04:30 PM

              Hop Kee on Mott St serves crispy whole fish. And it's pretty good.

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                shirleychow Dec 2, 2012 01:44 AM

                I really enjoy the spicy & pepper fish with bean curd at Great Sichuan - the one in Murray Hill on 3rd and 26th. There's a chowhound thread on this restaurant here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/723163

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