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Dec 30, 2012 06:46 AM

Best place to buy shrimp in Brooklyn?

I preferably want wild-caught, American shrimp. Any ideas?

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  1. The live shrimp that dot 8th avenue

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    1. re: AubWah

      Oh, SNAP!!! American shrimp? I've never seen anyplace that informs you where the shrimp are from. Anyhow, the abundant Chinese grocers on 8th Avenue or Bay Parkway have many sizes and kinds of shrimp at very reasonable prices. I can get super jumbo shrimp at $6.99 per pound at Chang Wang Supermarket on Bay Parkway and 67th Street and they are just fine. Also, the seafood sells very quickly there and deliveries are made every day, so it's always fresh. Good luck.

      1. re: Sluggo1407

        The fresh are alive so they must be from American?

        1. re: AubWah

          Are they alive or just sitting in ice water? Not being snarky -- J've just never looked closely. And who's to say they're not shipped from China or Vietnam alive?

          Also, it's not the country of origin that matters so much as whether they're wild or farmed (and therefore likely pumped full of antibiotics and lacking in some nutritional aspects).

          Finally, Fairway lists country of origin. Fish Tales will tell you if you ask.

          1. re: Peter

            If you go to the right market at the right time, they are alive. Sometimes they jump out of the tray they are in onto the street. This happened on 8th avenue.

    2. The fish market on 7th Avenue between 3rd and 4th Streets in the middle of the block lists where their shrimp is from. I live closer to the 8th Avenue Chinese grocers and travel to Park Slope to get my fish from 7th Avenue. It is more expensive but I feel better about where the fish is coming from.

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      1. re: psnative

        Is this near Prospect Park West?

        What are the cross streets on 8th Ave?

      2. To be clear, are we talking LIVE shrimp?

        I usually go to Chinatown. There is one place there that usually has some sort of live shrimp.

        Metropolitan Fish Mkt used to have them but no longer does.

        Live are so much better than any frozen shrimp.

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        1. re: sushiman

          AFIK, the live shrimp in Asian markets comes from the US...mainly Florida. But starting in the spring, usually around April, they carry the live spot prawns (Botan Ebi) which come from the Pacific, US and Canada. There is no better shrimp in existence....and I'm even happy to pay their high price.

          1. re: EricMM

            Cool, thanks so much for the info. Makes me feel comfortable buying the live shrimp knowing they are US wild.

            1. re: AubWah

              Hold on there. Eric said they come from Florida -- he didn't say whether they were wild or farmed. Eric, any knowledge here? Also, what's the price on those spot prawns (which, since they're seasonal, I'm assuming are wild.)

              1. re: Peter

                AFIK the shrimp are wild. For one thing, I don't believe there is that much shrimp farming in Fla, and the farming that does go on is inland, and considered very "green" for aquaculture. (Some of the farming may involve freshwater shrimp and crabs.) Another thing, farmed shrimp (and fish) are uniform in size. The live shrimp I see in the Asian markets are all different sizes, mostly small. The spot prawns are definitely wild, and sustainably harvested. They start out the season at around $25/lb. By late spring, they are sometimes as low as $17/lb. Price goes up and size goes down in summer, and by the end of the summer the flavor and texture isn't as good. Many stores will pull out the dead ones and sell them for about $8-9/lb. If they are newly dead, they will be just as good as alive. The risk of course, is they they are not newly dead....but if you know seafood, you can make a likely judgment about quality. Despite the high price, they are worth it. No other shrimp like them. More like lobster than shrimp...only sweeter.

                1. re: EricMM

                  Eric, thanks for the detailed replies.

        2. I've found frozen gulf shrimp at a few Sunset Park seafood markets, but only frozen in 5lb blocks of ice that requires thawing all at once.
          I keep meaning to plan a big shrimp boil and trying the quality sometime soon.