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!

photo: Flickr user takaokun


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?

Say Something!

We'd really like you to take part in the conversation here at All Over Albany. But we do have a few rules here. Don't worry, they're easy. The first: be kind. The second: treat everyone else with the same respect you'd like to see in return. Cool? Great, post away. Comments are moderated so it might take a little while for your comment to show up. Thanks for being patient.

The Scoop

Ever wish you had a smart, savvy friend with the inside line on what's happening around the Capital Region? You know, the kind of stuff that makes your life just a little bit better? Yeah, we do, too. That's why we created All Over Albany. Find out more.

Recently on All Over Albany

Babes in Troyland

Another holiday market for the calendar: Babes in Troyland will be at The Takk House in Troy December 12 and 13. It's presented by Troy... (more)

Echoes from the Neighborhood that Disappeared and The Great Ledge: Exploring Thacher

A follow-up to The Neighborhood that Disappeared -- Mary Paley's documentary about the area taken for the Empire State Plaza -- will air this... (more)

What sort of winter hat should I get?

This question is from Greg. But we'll blockquote (because tradition): I need a to get a new winter hat. My old hat -- which has... (more)

When the sun goes down

Check out this map: It depicts how many days out of the year with sunsets after 5 pm in each place around the United States.... (more)

Albany Holiday House Tour 2015

Historic Albany Foundation's annual Holiday House Tour is Sunday, December 13 from noon to 4 pm. The self-guided tour includes 10-15 historic homes around Albany,... (more)