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Nordic Preserves and Wildlife...

howdini Mar 14, 2014 08:36 AM

...makes one helluva sandwich. Sometimes l'm slow to pick up on awesome things that are right under my nose [no jokes about nose picking, please].

This is the Nordic: Nova, black lumpfish caviar, "Nordic pico de gallo" [diced red onions and tomatoes, capers, flat leaf parsley], creme fraiche. A big, filling sandwich, piled high with the good stuff, on a good-quality, crusty, fresh ciabatta. Ten frickin' dollars.

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  1. squid kun RE: howdini Mar 14, 2014 10:44 AM

    Cool ... thanks! You got this at Essex St. Market or La Marqueta?

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      howdini RE: squid kun Mar 14, 2014 10:52 AM

      Ah, sorry: Essex St. Market. l didn't know they had another location.

    2. Ziggy41 RE: howdini Mar 14, 2014 07:58 PM


      Is the Ciabata from Pain D'Avignon

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        Lau RE: howdini Mar 25, 2014 10:15 AM

        hmm that looks interesting and is pretty close to me...must try

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          howdini RE: Lau Mar 25, 2014 10:48 AM

          lt was *really* good, and a genuine bargain.

        2. sgordon RE: howdini Mar 25, 2014 01:03 PM

          Nordic Preserves is a great little shop. I hope they're doing enough business, never looks super-busy. Their selection of smoked & otherwise cured fishes is probably second only to Russ & Daughters, at least for the neighborhood, and more esoteric at that. (As I recall it's all house-made, too, which is nice - not just bought and repackaged from a distributor like Acme)

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            howdini RE: sgordon Mar 25, 2014 02:09 PM

            Yes, l'm going to go back fairly regularly to sample more of their wares: a lot of interesting house-smoked and cured fish, as you said. Definitely less traditional than R&D.

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              Lau RE: howdini Mar 25, 2014 02:31 PM

              im surprised i havent noticed this place, i eat there on a somewhat regular basis

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                howdini RE: Lau Mar 25, 2014 04:17 PM

                lf you walk in the northernmost entrance and make a quick right into the market, it's there on the left, just before Heritage Meats. You can't miss it.

          2. howdini RE: howdini Mar 26, 2014 01:41 PM

            Another winner: the Sol Öga. Peppered mackerel, egg yolk, red onion, capers, beets, apple.

            1. howdini RE: howdini Mar 26, 2014 01:48 PM

              Nice display!

              1. Silverjay RE: howdini Mar 26, 2014 05:18 PM

                Picked up a Nordic it for dinner tonight. Delicious. Many thanks for the introduction!

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                  howdini RE: Silverjay Mar 26, 2014 05:33 PM

                  My pleasure! What'd you get?

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                    Silverjay RE: howdini Mar 26, 2014 06:49 PM

                    Nordic on ciabatta. That photo you took sold me. Nice work.

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                      howdini RE: Silverjay Mar 26, 2014 06:59 PM

                      Yeah, it's a helluva sandwich! The Sol Öga l had today was very good, but l liked the Nordic better. l figure l'll hit 'em up once a week.

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                  small h RE: howdini May 16, 2014 05:19 PM

                  I had this for dinner tonight, along with a long-stemmed artichoke from Essex Farm - a pretty luxurious meal for about $13. Get it while you can, LES-ers, 'cause SPURA has plans for Essex Market, and they don't include preserving it.

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                    sgordon RE: small h May 18, 2014 09:05 AM

                    I believe that every shop "in good standing" currently in Essex Market has been guaranteed dibs on space in the new (supposedly larger) market once it's built. Though whether their rent will remain the same, I dunno...

                    Also, according to an article from late last year, the new market was described as opening "several years from now" - so, there's probably a bit of time left. They're not even breaking ground for another year as I recall.

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                      small h RE: sgordon May 18, 2014 09:58 AM

                      You're right that this is what has been promised (also that the new market will open before the old one is demolished). I will cynically note, however, that the former tenants of the buildings that once stood on the site were promised things, too. That said, yeah, it's a ways off, still.

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                        sgordon RE: small h May 18, 2014 12:40 PM

                        When it comes to billion-$ city development projects, cynicism is probably the only appropriate stance...

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                          small h RE: sgordon May 18, 2014 05:52 PM

                          Cynicism is my default setting. And I'm not at all proud of that. I blame society. Society made me what I am.

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                            howdini RE: small h May 18, 2014 06:43 PM

                            You must transcend society, by eating all the fish.

                  2. Spiritchaser RE: howdini May 21, 2014 06:57 AM

                    Wanted to kick myself yesterday; we were killing some time before a 7:00 rez at Contra (excellent by the way) and I made the mistake of checking out the offerings at NP&W, I wanted that sandwich so badly but didn't want to ruin my appetite. That sandwich WILL be mine in the very near future : )

                    1. Spiritchaser RE: howdini May 27, 2014 04:36 AM

                      I became obsessed with this sandwich and had to have it; finally got to last week. You know when you have something so built up in your head that when you finally get to do it it doesn't live up to expectations? Yeah well, this wasn't one of those times...this sandwich is incredible and IMO a bargain! Oh, and I had the option of having it on an everything bagel (which I did).

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                        howdini RE: Spiritchaser May 27, 2014 07:41 AM

                        l'm glad l could hip you to it! How they can do it for $10 is a mystery to me, not that l really care, as long as it stays that price.

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                          VaPaula RE: Spiritchaser May 27, 2014 01:47 PM

                          You and me both. I showed my husband the picture on the Amtrak on the way up last Thursday and said "See this? It's in our immediate future." We just left NY, but finally got to it this morning. Wow. It's already been proclaimed a "must eat" on every trip. The ingredient distribution was so perfect. And yeah, total bargain. Thanks howdini!

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                            howdini RE: VaPaula May 27, 2014 05:46 PM

                            My pleasure!

                        2. Ziggy41 RE: howdini Jun 30, 2014 05:14 PM

                          One of the stars of our LES crawl last week, and what contrast to the craziness of R&D which we did right before (wife never been). Great find Howdini. I want to come back to try their homemade candy, and the rest of the goodies on display

                          The market overall looked sort of dead during both my visits so perhaps a thread about it is in order. Quite a few gems inside

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