There aren’t a lot of places in the city where you can buy fish varieties outside of salmon, tuna or cod. When you walk into a Whole Foods, that’s really the core of their seafood selection. I remember enjoying a really nice filet of bluefish at Okonomi for breakfast, and I wanted to recreate the meal at home, but I couldn’t find bluefish anywhere. There are restaurants here and there that offer it on their menu, but not for sale direct to the consumer. Greenpoint Fish & Lobster Co addresses this gap by offering a variety of high quality, responsibly sourced seafood for sale at its fish market, which focuses on domestic and wild caught seafood. On a recent visit, we saw that elusive blue fish for sale at a very reasonable $10.99 a pound, plus other interesting options like golden tile, wild fluke and wild pollock. Greenpoint is pretty lucky to have a store like this.
And of course, if you want someone else to cook your seafood for you, Greenpoint Fish & Lobster Co is happy to do so , and they do it very well at their adjoining raw bar and restaurant. We tried their famed lobster roll, which absolutely met expectations. They’re generous with the lobster and they go very easy on the mayo, almost minimal, a healthy approach that I really like, but they keep the roll nice and buttery, because it’s good to be a little bad. I also loved the fish chowder, a creamy New England style version that is one of the best in the city, filled with large chunks of white fish and a broth that is so flavorful. The praise keeps coming for the baja fish tacos, which can be grilled or fried. We opted for the grilled version, which didn’t take anything away from the experience, probably because the chipotle-lime mayo is so good. The seating is a little tight, so get here early if you can, like at 12 or so, when most of Brooklyn is still sleeping. This is definitely worth the trip on the L and the long walk over.
Greenpoint Fish & Lobster Co.
114 Nassau Ave (between Eckford and Leonard St)
Brooklyn, NY 11222