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Jul 31, 2013 08:21 PM

Where/when to find shrimp at Union Square Greenmarket?

I've been to Union Square Greenmarket mostly on Saturdays, but never could find any vendor who sell shrimp. Anyone know which vendor sells shrimp and when? Or where to purchase shrimp in Manhattan that's freshest off the boat?

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  1. Most if not all shrimp sold in NYC is from the Gulf and flash frozen before being shipped North.

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    1. re: Motosport

      I thought much of the shrimp sold in NYC were from Ecuador and Asia (???) Is the majority really from the Gulf States?

      In season, we get fresh Maine shrimp, as well as rock shrimp.

      Unfortunately, almost all shrimp sold here is headless, although I have seen head-on shrimp in the Arthur Avenue area, and in Manhattan at Eataly and Lobster Place..neither comes in fresh, however, as far as Ii know.

      While we are on the subject, does anyone have a source for fresh head-on shrimp?

      1. re: erica

        Maine shrimp look fairly small 80 to a pound. It also looks like they are flash frozen and shipped out. Are you getting them in Maine?
        I recently went to a wedding reception which had a raw bar from Southold Fish market. Charlie's shrimp were amazingly tasty!!

        1. re: Motosport

          I get fresh Maine in Manhattan at my local fishmonger.

          Great in season from mid-winter through early spring.

        2. re: erica

          If you want head-on shrimp, go to Chinatown. Some of the stores, like New York Mart, have shrimp that are still alive.

      2. IIRC, the greenmarket rules require vendors to only sell items they grow, make, catch or collect. As far as I know, the closest shrimping boats to NYC would be in the Carolinas and I suspect they don't then drive up to Union Square after catching them. Ain't no shrimp boats around here b/c there are no shrimp around here big enough to bother catching. As motosport says, they're further south.

        1. "In New York markets, fresh wild caught shrimp are not common. Most shrimp is shipped to our area frozen. This is the best way to ensure that high quality products reach our markets since most shrimp is harvested or grown in distant areas of the country or world. Shrimp are the largest frozen seafood item in retail sales and account for almost half the value of seafood handled by restaurants and other institutions in the U.S. Most shrimp is processed and frozen as soon as possible after it is harvested from the ocean or farm ponds. Retail stores and restaurants usually purchase shrimp in 5-pound blocks which are thawed out when needed. Most of the headless "shell on" shrimp available in the marketplace is handled in this way. The most common form of fresh or frozen shrimp is "head off" raw shrimp which consists of the tail section of the body with the shell intact and the head and thorax removed. If the tail shell is removed they are known as peeled shrimp. If the sand vein and shell is removed they are known as peeled and de-veined shrimp. Individually quick frozen shrimp (called IQF) in a variety of product forms including raw peeled and de-veined and cooked and peeled and de-veined is also sold in supermarkets and other retail outlets. Other product forms include breaded shrimp in a variety of styles and a wide variety of frozen entrees."

          I would check for fresh shrimp at the Lobster Place, first.

          1. You should check out Lobster Place @ the Chelsea Market. On Thursday-Sat they tend to have fresh shrimp from the Gulf (not flash frozen). And I just got an email saying they got some fresh, not frozen, white shrimp in from Hawaii today. I might go get some!

            1. I get mine at Citarella, they say where they are from. Even at Fairway (a store I LOVE, but not a fish counter I prefer) they have several sources) I only buy Americas for shrimp, the Indian/Asian farmed shrimp is particularly dirty/nasty. I pay more. It is worth it. Fresh Direct has some good Carolina coast shrimp right now

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              1. re: dyrewolf

                +1 citarella rec
                I have always gone to upper east side location

                1. re: Ttrockwood

                  Citarella's shrimp is farmed, frozen and thawed.