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Are these Chinatown fish markets still viable?

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  • Fida Feb 22, 2014 03:08 PM
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I just ran across something in my files - no idea how old, but surely at least a half-dozen years, likely more. I'd saved it because of their listing these fish markets in the vicinity of Canal and Bayard. Do any of you frequent them (if they still exist)? Would you recommend them?

Wing Le Seafood, 87 Mulberry, between Canal and Bayard
Hong Keung Seafood and Meat, 75 Mulberry
Hai Cang Seafood, 71 Mulberry
Hoa Choy Food Market, 218 Canal
N&F Fish and Meat Food Market, 214 Canal

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  1. any market you have listed, if still operating under the same names, will have good selections and buys on fresh fish and seafoods. The frozen fish is easily identifiable. The great thing about your list is this....all the stores are in the same vicinity. You can inspect each one and decide for yourself which is best.

    and for the record...I've shopped every market in the area with nary a complaint for decades.

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    1. re: fourunder

      any recommendation for mushrooms?

      1. re: coasts

        Fresh or dried? I found matsutakes and enoki at the new york mart that opened not long ago.
        As a side, this serious eats article/slideshow was great about shopping there:
        http://newyork.seriouseats.com/2011/0...

        I have also seen mushrooms on and off at the produce stalls on mott just south of grand st

        1. re: Ttrockwood

          fresh or dried, although I'm more familiar cooking with fresh. i buy honshemiji, king oyster, and enoki at Hong Kong Market. would be glad to find high quality maitake at lower prices than what i pay at Eataly.

          1. re: coasts

            Did you already try manhattan fruit and veg exchange? I have seen them there, but not in chinatown that i remember. It doesn't seem to be the right season for fresh mushrooms just yet, even the selection at whole foods was kind of sad looking the other day...

            1. re: Ttrockwood

              yeah, Manhattan Fruit Exchange is a close second behind Eataly in terms of selection.

        2. re: coasts

          I'm probably not the best one to ask about a regular source for fresh mushrooms...as I live in Jersey and really don't get to see what's available. My experience though is fresh mushrooms generally are not that popular an item so the variety is not great. I would suggest HMart, as they always have a great variety on a daily basis....

      2. I reccomend Hai Cang

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        1. re: AubWah

          Well, this is disappointing, as I expected more people to have bought fish in at least some of these places.

          AubWah, do you recommend Hai Cang for the quality of the fish, the price, their ability to speak English, or what?

        2. Aqua best
          Super fresh, good selection and high turnover
          http://aquabestnyc.com

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          1. re: Ttrockwood

            The seafood and fish are 50% lees in Chinatown...and equally as fresh in most cases.

            1. re: fourunder

              I've usually found Aqua best and the other wet market on that same block to have better prices and qualities than the shops on Canal.

              I used to shop for seafood mainly on Mott between Hester and Grand. They had better quality than the fishmongers on Canal or Mulberry in my experience.

          2. relevant news concerning Chinatown fish markets

            http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/s...

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            1. re: coasts

              While sanitation must be implemented to combat the seriousness of the problem.....I doubt only/all the suspect fish is ending up in Chinatown. It's easy to pick on the ethnic little guy...but most of the fish comes out of Hunt's Point, whether sold to distributor,restaurant or market to pass on to retail customers....Implicate them and someone may end of with a new pair of concrete shoes.,