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May 28, 2013 09:02 AM

Herring Festival Grand Central June 5, 2013

I saw the sign up today in the station. The whole thing starts on or around June 5.

I went every Friday during the season which only lasts a little over two weeks. One of the greatest things at the Oyster Bar. Of course, it is an excuse to eat oysters and clams too....and to wash it down with Dutch Genever.

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    1. Great catch! I still remember eating raw herring cut up with raw onion from the little carts by the sea in Scheveningen--long before I'd ever heard of sushi.

      1. I am pretty certain Russ and Daughters gets the same herring this time of year.

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        1. re: foodwhisperer

          You think Russ and Daughters serves raw herring, Dutch style?

          1. re: Elisa515

            Most definitely. Every year around this time. I usually go on three or four occasions and eat a filet right at the counter, with chopped raw onion.


            1. re: small h

              Fantastic, thanks! (making plans)

            2. re: foodwhisperer

              Russ & Daughters definitely have it every year. However, you can not eat it there. If you can get it home, great. (I was actually tempted to show up with a cooler and bring some to Rhode Islande for my inlaws, but that was a logistical nightmare. I actually got it there one year after I missed out on the Oyster Bar season. I was reduced to eating it on the street with my fingers from a plastic tub.

              1. re: jcmods

                I went to the parkette across Houston and ate the raw herring there, along w/ some other goodies from R&D.

            3. Looks like(and obviously) Aquavit has an herring event too.
              Anyone been?

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              1. re: Monica

                We've been to Aquavit's herring fest every year for the last four or five years - always excellent. They've changed it up a bit this year, though: previous years you just got the big AYCE smorgasbord - a half-dozen herrings, meatballs, two kinds of salmon (gravlax and hot-smoked) plus a few other things. This year I'm not sure what's in the buffet, but they're also including an entree and dessert of your choice to sweeten the deal a bit. Not sure if you can pick any entree off the menu or there'll be a specific selection, though. It's also only two days this year - we're going the first day, very much looking forward to it.

                1. re: sgordon

                  It looks like the festival is from June 15th to 22nd which is 8 days. I am going to see if I can go on the weekdays as I work literally about 2 min away. Sounds like a sweet deal.

                  1. re: Monica

                    From the email: "Aquavit's Annual Herring Festival will take place on Saturday June 15th and 22nd from 11:45-2:30pm." - so only those two days unless they've changed something. They might actually be fully booked already, but sometimes tables can be gotten by calling that aren't in the online rez system.

                    1. re: sgordon

                      You are right. Where did I get 'to' from?
                      Thanks for the clarification.

              2. What is actually happening on the 5th? It says the herring are coming in but the festival doesn't start until the 19th.

                Any idea on whether they have their herring to go? I've gotten used to heading to Russ & Daughters for the Hollandse Nieuwe and having them at my convenience where prying eyes aren't terrified of a man eating a whole herring like a seal... or a Dutchman.

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                1. re: JungMann

                  According to an email I received from R&D, the Dutch authorities postponed the start of the season 'til 6/19 because "Exploratory fishing determined that the herring have not yet reached their peak Omega-3 fat level."

                  1. re: small h

                    that is correct. the bad weather (it's been the coldest spring since mid 80's or so?) is responsible for the delay. it's happened only twice in history though. was first postponed in 2006.

                    herring sellers have been selling the so-called 'new' for about 3 weeks now.

                    <-- this seal eats around 120 a year.

                  2. re: JungMann

                    Oh no, glad I checked. It is on the Grand Central Web page that it is pushed back to the 19th.

                    I was really jonesin' for it.