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Where to buy fresh mackerel in 5 boroughs

arthurhur Oct 24, 2013 03:29 PM

I've regularly buy mackerel (Atlantic) from Korean groceries, but am always frustrated about the quality. It is previously frozen from Norway, and displays unappealing characteristics - brown gills, black blood line, bloody or cloudy eyes.

I would normally just steer clear of it altogether, but my wife loves it and insists on eating it several times a week.

Does anyone know where I can buy fresh mackerel in New York? The New Fulton Fish Market does not list mackerel in their product list, along with most of the other large markets.

Any leads would be much appreciated.

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    Sneakeater RE: arthurhur Oct 24, 2013 03:53 PM

    Blue Moon fish guys at the Grand Army Plaza and also I think the Union Square Greenmarket.

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      Alan Henderson RE: arthurhur Oct 24, 2013 04:19 PM

      Saw some at the Lobster Place in Chelsea Market a couple of weeks ago.

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        jns7 RE: Alan Henderson Oct 28, 2013 01:57 PM

        Saw some at Lobster Place yesterday, Sunday.

      2. Ttrockwood RE: arthurhur Oct 24, 2013 07:38 PM

        It looks like Wild Edibles has it,

        I would call to be sure the day you go

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          Bkeats RE: arthurhur Oct 25, 2013 05:24 AM

          Its not a much loved fish among the masses. We love it but its increasingly hard to find. Best option for you is to find a local fish monger and have them order it for you. The first time my wife did that at our shop, they asked her how much she wanted and told her to come back in two days. When she returned they handed here the bag and waved her off when she tried to pay. In the northeast, mackerel is viewed and priced as a bait fish. Ridiculously cheap stuff in the wholesale market.

          You may also want to try the japanese markets. I know Mitsuwa in Edgewater carries very good quality mackerel. Maybe Sunrise Market in the village may have it though I have not looked for it there.

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            pbjluver RE: arthurhur Oct 25, 2013 05:44 AM

            Have you tried Citarella or Whole Foods or Pescatore at the Grand Central Market.

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              foodwhisperer RE: pbjluver Oct 25, 2013 08:04 PM

              Citarella I second. Central Fish Market on 9th Ave is a better deal. Note that this is not mackerel season here in Northeast.

            2. Monica RE: arthurhur Oct 25, 2013 06:27 AM

              i am surprised that H markt in Queens doesn't have fresh mackerels as they are pretty popular fish. I personally never had a problem in NJ.

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                arthurhur RE: Monica Oct 25, 2013 07:22 AM

                I usually buy the mackerel from H Mart.

                Their spanish mackerel is fresh, but the Atlantic mackerel is always labelled "previously frozen" from Norway.

                Spanish mackerel tends to have a milder flavor than the regular mackerel, and the skin doesn't usually crisp up as well.

                I'll try putting an order in with my local fish monger, thanks for the tip BKeats.

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                saria RE: arthurhur Oct 25, 2013 09:14 PM

                I always see it at the Union Square farmers' market. Saw it today from Pura Vida vendor.

                1. JungMann RE: arthurhur Oct 28, 2013 07:23 AM

                  My family has always enjoyed the mackerel from Costco. Lately I've seen fresh mackerel at Fairway, the Lobster Place and Katagiri.

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                    rb888 RE: arthurhur Nov 20, 2013 06:21 PM

                    Pisacane Fish Market 1st between 51st and 52nd

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                      Yaxpac RE: arthurhur Nov 21, 2013 08:08 AM

                      Lobster Place had Sanma, Saba, and Spanish Mackeral yesterday.

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