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Delicious brown-stewed snapper in East Flatbush

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Delicious brown-stewed snapper in East Flatbush

Brooklyn Boy | Nov 10, 2003 08:11 AM

My wife and I recently tried an old chowhound recommendation for brown-stewed red snapper at a small, take-out restaurant in East Flatbush called The Fish Spot. The place is tiny, with only enough room for the kitchen, a counter, and a waiting area. The menu, printed on a small chalkboard, listed the daily fare, red snapper or butterfish prepared in four ways: steamed, fried, brown-stewed, and escovitched. The service was superb, very friendly and attentive. While waiting for the fish to be prepared, we were given cups of fish soup. The soup was thin and certainly helped warm us up. The fish was served whole, along with rice and peas and "ground provisions", an assortment of vegetables, in this case green banana, sweet plantain, asparagus, broccoli, dandelion greens, and cabbage. As is often the case in Caribbean restaurants, the portions were enormous (together the cartons must have weighed 15 pounds). I thought the fish was delicious--light, crispy and well-seasoned. My wife, having been raised in the South, was less impressed with the fish, saying that it reminded her of blackened catfish. The vegetables, especially the broccoli and the sweet plantain, were excellent. But the crown jewel was the rice and peas. They were moist and tasty, with a wonderful flavor of coconut milk. All in all, I loved this place and thought it was well-worth the trip. If anyone is interested in trying The Fish Spot, it's located at 4824 Church Avenue (though the entrance is actually on E. 49th Street). Take the #2 train to Church Avenue and then ride the B35).

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