Acme Smoked Fish sells its wares to such higher-end purveyors as Zabar’s, Citarella, and Russ and Daughters–and, one morning a week, to us retail-paying civilians. The public can buy top-shelf nova, lox, sable, trout, whitefish and more–at deep discounts–every Friday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Acme’s plant in Greenpoint. “I’ve gotten some amazing stuff there on Friday mornings,” says billhill. Go early–they tend to run out of the choice stuff.
Other Brooklyn hounds count on Schwartz’s for smoked fish. This old-school appetizing store in Borough Park comes through with great sable, herring, and whitefish or baked salmon salads, among other things, says Alisonleslie.
Fairway in Red Hook, like its sister stores, stocks first-rate lox and other smoked fish, says irvingk, who’s partial to their mild but flavorful Gaspe smoked salmon. gnosh also endorses Fairway’s fish but adds a caveat: Be sure to deal only with the regular fish staff. Early one morning, before the smoked fish man had arrived, the cheese guy cut gnosh’s lox, and the result was “disgusting thick chunks.”
In Midwood, the Orchard–better known for pricey but pristine fruit–also sells very good smoked fish, sliced to order, and house-made whitefish salad, jen kalb reports.
Schwartz Appetizing [Borough Park]
4824 16th Ave., at 49th St., Brooklyn