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Jan 28, 2013 11:22 AM

Sea to You

Years ago, we used to go to Sea to You's Fish Pier location to get fish and make our own Saturday night sushi dinners. I see they have a Brookline store now - is that all now? Is the Fish Pier location closed?

Either way, is it still any good? Can't figure out their hours from the website either...

Thanks in advance!

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  1. Fish Pier location got very disappointing and erratic as of a couple of years ago - may have improved since - switched my default to New Deal and never looked back

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    1. re: rlh

      New Deal or Sakanaya in Brookline

      1. re: teezeetoo

        Agree with New Deal or Sakanaya.

        1. re: mvi

          3rd New Deal and Sakanaya; I hit them up weekly.

          I probably should try Courthouse.

    2. The last time I went to Sea to You, I got a sashimi bowl over rice. When I got home, it turns out they had used warm rice. It was suppose to have been cold rice and when I called, the owner argued with me that there was nothing wrong with using warm rice. Evidently, they had been very busy and hadn't planned properly. I won't go back.

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      1. re: catsmeow

        Confused - I thought sushi rice was ideally supposed to be room temp, not "cold" or "warm."

        1. re: Bob Dobalina

          It was very warm like it had just come out of a rice cooker. By cold, I meant room temp.

      2. I was an early fan of Sea to You..and was an early supporter on this board and suggested it to many. This goes back 1o years +.

        I haven't been to their non fish pier location since they moved but I did report a downhill decline after their move from the pier. I used to pick my tuna loin and ask them to cut to my specs.

        I'm a fisherman and catch a lot of my own fish..allover the world.

        A few years ago I posted a downhill alert on C2U. I received a number of private post from the new C2U people, insulting me and my lack of knowledge.

        Needless to say, I told them to F$$ off. I don't take pleasure in trashing a biz, but I make exceptions..especially when they attack me on a personal level...

        In Boston, New Deal and Sakanya (sp)are the way to go.

        I'm in Baja , Mx and have had some superb marlin and yellowfin tuna sashimi the last few days.

        IMO, C2U went from a great supplier of high quality fish to a lower echelon, high volume, sushi provider ..on a supermarket level.

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        1. re: 9lives

          eta..too much marlin before posting last night..:)

          I posted my downhill alert before their move to Brookline; not after.

          I had made several trips to the Fish Pier and left empty handed.

          OT..Dorado (ceviche)and Sierra Mackeral (brined) today..:)

          1. re: 9lives

            Your downhill alert and similar personal experiences were well before the opening in Brookline. I had already started using Captain Boston along with New Deal and Courthouse (don't rule them out for certain things) and thus they had lost a customer by the time they opened in Brookline. Captain Boston is a bit quirky, so may not work for everyone, but is worth considering if you are nearby. Also note that since past discussions Fresh Pond Fish reopened in Arlington.

            1. re: itaunas

              I've met the buyer/owner of Captain Boston on the pier...never been to his store.

              He always buys impeccable quality tuna and other fish. We don't "compete" for product cuz he buys a whole tuna and that's beyond the quantity I can use. We once went halvies..more accurately, I took the "small" half of some cod cheeks.

              Nice guy and knows his fish.

            2. re: 9lives

              it went downhill before the move to Brookline.
              Not sure if they've improved, but I'd hope so.

              p.s., do you have any safe charter recommendations in Baja? I've always wanted to go but thought a trip to Costa Rica would be less expensive and about the same amount of fishing fun :-)

              1. re: Spike

                Spike, If you send me an email at the addy on my profile I can try to help you re fishing charters in Baja.

          2. Thanks to everybody for their input. If I go with Sakanaya or New Deal, is there a "best" time to go for freshness / selection (objective: making Saturday sushi dinner).

            Thanks again!

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            1. re: Imby

              If you are going to New Deal Sat, go right when they open at 9:30 to avoid some of the growing, and often obnoxious hordes that descend on Saturday's. Also, since they are closed Sun and not open until 3p on Mon, they aren't stocking for the next day. Their selection definitely gets picked over by the afternoon. I've also had issues when it gets busy there with getting them to custom cut exactly the fish and portion I want.

              Any time is fine for Sakanaya. I frequent both places, but would give Sakanaya the edge for fish to prepare a sushi dinner at home.

              1. re: Gabatta

                New Deal recently had live Maine sea urchin in the shell. I've friended them on FB and get some great food pics from time to time from them.

            2. Thanks everyone! Thought I'd report back:

              - Went to New Deal, right at opening (Saturday, 9:30am)
              - Good thing, too, because there were 8 or so customers by the time we left.
              - Got salmon, big-eye, pacific yellowtail and baby octopus.
              - Salmon was fine. I feel like salmon is pretty consistent in Boston and this probably rated a 7/10. I've had better, but it definitely made the grade.
              - I find tuna to be a risk, generally - often the texture or flavor are disappointing to me - but this was above average for Boston sushi
              - The Yellowtail was superb. Better, I think, than I've ever had at a restaurant in Boston.
              - Wasn't sure what to do with the baby octopus, but I marinated in soy sauce and then a quick saute in butter. Kids enjoyed eating the tentacles.
              - Service at New Deal was great. Very knowledgeable help, happy to remove the skin for us, etc.

              Overall, we were very satisfied and will be back. Thanks to everybody for the input. Though I'll always miss the rawness of the Sea To You @Fish Pier experience, we still appear to have the option of do-your-own sushi night!

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              1. re: Imby

                while i am a new deal regular, hitting the place at least once a week, i also recommend sakanaya; go to the web site; the owner can make sushi for you.