Where to buy a whole fish?

deep fried branzinoBarry emails:

My family and friends are having a traditional Italian "Feast of the Seven Fishes" on Christmas Eve. One fish dish must be a whole fish - I am trying to find a good source for a sea bass called branzino. I have heard nothing but negative things about Two Cousins, and wondered if there was another fish market worth visiting. Thanks.

That has not been our experience with Two Cousins -- on the contrary, they've been helpful on the few times we've dealt with them. If you have thoughts on that account, please share.

And got a suggestion about where Barry should look for a whole fish? Please share!

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The two Asian supermarkets (the one on Colvin and the one on Central) have nice fresh fish at good prices. Not sure if they have the specific type you're looking for, though.

I was going to suggest the Asian supermarket on Central ave as well. My advice is to focus on freshness. If they have a nice fresh, normal sea bass, I am sure that your preparation will make it shine.

Not sure if they have whole fishes or not, but there is a vendor who comes to the Troy Farmers market from Long Island who always has a great assortment of fresh fish.

It's kinda far, but Gadaletto's in New Paltz has a great selection and quality seafood including awesome branzino.

I don't know if the fishmonger at the Troy market had the fish toy want but they had whole fish last week.

Can we expand this question to include whole shrimp too? I am trying to find good fresh whole shrimp (with head and all). Any suggestion?

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