Watch Cooking Channel

Fishing at the Farmers’ Market

Blue Moon Fish Market

Blue Moon Fish at the Union Square Greenmarket

At the farmers’ market, I usually beeline for the fresh produce — this summer, juicy peaches and heirloom tomatoes in all colors of the rainbow have captured my attention. But after a recent dinner, I am now seeking out the seafood vendors first. Not all neighborhood farmers’ markets sell fish, but if you’re lucky enough to frequent one that does, you can seafood-shop like a chef — just make sure to get there early like they do.

At New York’s A Voce Madison, Chef Missy Robbins is creating tasting menus that highlight the fresh, local and sometimes wacky seafood she discovers on her morning trips to the Union Square Greenmarket, just a short walk from her restaurant.

On the night I dined, the “Mare” menu included three fish I’d never heard of, let alone tasted. Some of them were new to Chef Missy and her kitchen team as well, but she explained that experimentation is the best part of creating these special menus. They often try out several techniques on a new fish before deciding on the best way to prepare it.

Tunny

Tunny prepared by Chef Missy Robbins

Tunny (pronounced TON-ee), which Missy described as a cross between mackerel and tuna, was prepared in the Italian “conserva” style — poached, then confited in olive oil — and served with eggplant, raisins and mint. Triggerfish, a mild, meaty white fish, was a hit at our table — and Missy told us it is becoming one of her own favorite fish. She cooked it lightly in olive oil and finished the plate with sweet end-of-summer tomatoes, basil, sesame and shaved bottarga.

Sea Robin

Sea robin, fresh from the Greenmarket

The species I was most intrigued by, though, was the curiously named sea robin. “Fish or bird?” Missy (@missyarobbins) Tweeted to her followers with a picture of the crazy-looking winged sea creature that morning. On the plate, it was deep-fried in a batter spiked with squid ink. The fish has a delicate flavor with a texture that reminded Missy of frogs’ legs — a spot-on comparison.

Sea Robin

Sea robin fried in squid-ink batter

When I stopped by the Blue Moon Fish stand at the Greenmarket on a recent afternoon, they were all out of sea robin — apparently another chef bought it all up. But as long as you arrive there early, you’ll find a variety of fish and seafood, exotic and less so, all caught locally off Long Island’s North Fork. Smoked shark, anyone?

Blue Moon Fish

If you’re tired of the same old salmon and sea bass, pick up a new fish next time you hit the market. Fishmongers are usually happy to share their wisdom on taste, texture and cooking methods.

“Mare” menus at A Voce Madison will continue through September. Call the restaurant 72 hours ahead to reserve.

Have you ever tried tunny, triggerfish or sea robin? What’s the most unusual fish you’ve ever seen or sampled?

Tags:

Comments (3039)

  1. medical alert devices posted 02/09/2013

    Read was interesting, stay in touch……

    […]please visit the sites we follow, including this one, as it represents our picks from the web[…]……

  2. Sheep Placenta Malaysia posted 02/09/2013

    Sites we Like……

    […] Every once in a while we choose blogs that we read. Listed below are the latest sites that we choose […]……

  3. quote trade-in posted 02/09/2013

    Links…

    […]Sites of interest we have a link to[…]……

  4. we're mumber one posted 02/09/2013

    Check this out…

    […] that is the end of this article. Here you’ll find some sites that we think you’ll appreciate, just click the links over[…]……

  5. been named read posted 02/09/2013

    You should check this out…

    […] Wonderful story, reckoned we could combine a few unrelated data, nevertheless really worth taking a look, whoa did one learn about Mid East has got more problerms as well […]……

  6. vital sleep posted 02/09/2013

    Yahoo results…

    While searching bing I discovered this site in the results and I didn’t think it fit…

  7. watch sherlock holmes online posted 02/10/2013

    Yahoo results…

    While searching bing I found this article in the results and I didn’t think it fit…

  8. ADALBERTO VAZQUEZ posted 02/10/2013

    Superb website…

    […]always a big fan of linking to bloggers that I love but don’t get a lot of link love from[…]……

  9. shorten links posted 02/10/2013

    Online Article……

    […]The info mentioned in the article are valueable […]……

  10. bad credit car loans posted 02/11/2013

    You should check this out…

    […] Wonderful story, reckoned we could combine a few unrelated data, nevertheless really worth taking a look, whoa did one learn about Mid East has got more problerms as well […]……

  11. kaos distro posted 02/11/2013

    Thorn of Girl…

    Excellent facts may be located on this website blog site….

  12. tarot gratis posted 02/12/2013

    Cool sites…

    […]we came across a cool site that you might enjoy. Take a look if you want[…]……

  13. akb48 singapore posted 02/12/2013

    Links…

    […]Sites of interest we have a link to[…]……

  14. krav maga san diego yelp posted 02/12/2013

    Sources…

    […]check below, are some totally unrelated websites to ours, however, they are most trustworthy sources that we use[…]……

  15. whitening for teeth posted 02/12/2013

    Online Article……

    […]The information mentioned in the article are some of the best available […]……

  16. sbwire news posted 02/13/2013

    Visitor recommendations…

    […]one of our visitors recently recommended the following website[…]……

  17. Divorce posted 02/13/2013

    Blogs ou should be reading…

    […]Here is a nice artice You Might Find Interesting that we Encourage You to visit[…]……

  18. Roland Cannady posted 02/13/2013

    remarkable submit…

    Kudos designed with regards to discussing this sights. I may possibly simultaneously one of these simple is to express the actual fact mmorpgs could are additionally anytime boosting. Today’s technology in conjunction with innovations incredibly indiv…

  19. ginny simon posted 02/13/2013

    Ginny Simon…

    Announcing the brand new company Ginny Simon….

  20. DivaDance posted 02/13/2013

    Bored at work…

    I like to surf around the internet, regularly I will go to Stumble Upon and follow thru…

  21. Recent Blogroll Additions……

    […]usually posts some very interesting stuff like this. If you’re new to this site[…]……

  22. Unique Gifts posted 02/14/2013

    Related……

    […]just beneath, are numerous totally not related sites to ours, however, they are surely worth going over[…]……

  23. Visit official news site here posted 02/14/2013

    Yahoo results…

    While browsing amazon I found this page in the results and I didn’t think it fit…

  24. Naveen Blog posted 02/15/2013

    Check this out…

    […] that is the end of this article. Here you’ll find some sites that we think you’ll appreciate, just click the links over[…]……

  25. NIFT posted 02/15/2013

    Online Article……

    […]The information mentioned in the article are some of the best available […]……

  26. F5 Storm Shelters posted 02/15/2013

    Related……

    […]just beneath, are numerous totally not related sites to ours, however, they are surely worth going over[…]……

  27. ant control residential posted 02/15/2013

    Websites we think you should visit…

    […]although websites we backlink to below are considerably not related to ours, we feel they are actually worth a go through, so have a look[…]……

  28. HERBAL INCENSE SHOP posted 02/16/2013

    Websites you should visit…

    […]below you’ll find the link to some sites that we think you should visit[…]……

  29. 50 STATE HERBAL INCENSE posted 02/16/2013

    Informative and precise…

    Its hard to find informative and precise information but here I found…

  30. spirit soul & body posted 02/17/2013

    Looking around…

    While I was browsing yesterday I saw a great post about…

  31. Xyience posted 02/17/2013

    Looking around…

    While I was surfing today I noticed a excellent post concerning…

  32. Cartier posted 02/17/2013

    Links…

    […]Sites of interest we have a link to[…]……

  33. click here posted 02/17/2013

    Visitor recommendations…

    […]one of our visitors recently recommended the following website[…]……

  34. Mohammad Carrico posted 02/18/2013

    fantastic write-up…

    Only a crucial beaming visitant the following expressing in this specific love (#(#(#(#(#(#(#(:, as an aside spectacular type….

  35. Sources…

    […]check below, are some totally unrelated websites to ours, however, they are most trustworthy sources that we use[…]……

  36. we are number 1 posted 02/18/2013

    Awesome website…

    […]the time to read or visit the content or sites we have linked to below the[…]……

  37. Reggie Jonassen posted 02/18/2013

    Bored at work…

    I like to browse in various places on the online world, regularly I will go to Stumble Upon and read and check stuff out…

  38. Crescents Regina posted 02/19/2013

    Sources…

    […]check below, are some totally unrelated websites to ours, however, they are most trustworthy sources that we use[…]……

  39. where to go in singapore posted 02/19/2013

    Superb website…

    […]always a big fan of linking to bloggers that I love but don’t get a lot of link love from[…]……

  40. christmas posted 02/19/2013

    Dreary Day…

    It was a dreary day here yesterday, so I just took to piddeling around on the internet and realized…

  41. seo services posted 02/19/2013

    Links…

    […]Sites of interest we have a link to[…]……

  42. coffee bean posted 02/19/2013

    Websites you should visit…

    […]below you’ll find the link to some sites that we think you should visit[…]……

  43. eco web hosting posted 02/19/2013

    Blogs ou should be reading…

    […]Here is a Great Blog You Might Find Interesting that we Encourage You[…]……

  44. best cure for toenail fungus posted 02/20/2013

    Read was interesting, stay in touch……

    […]please visit the sites we follow, including this one, as it represents our picks from the web[…]……

  45. pest control hamilton posted 02/20/2013

    Recommeneded websites…

    […]Here are some of the sites we recommend for our visitors[…]……

  46. wart removal at home posted 02/20/2013

    Online Article……

    […]The information mentioned in the article are some of the best available […]……

  47. sex cam 4 posted 02/22/2013

    Healing’s Dragon…

    to search out concerns to further improve my web site!I suppose its ok to produce use of several of one’s concepts!!…

  48. information option posted 02/22/2013

    Blogs ou should be reading…

    […]Here is a Great website You could Find useful that we Encourage You to visit[…]……

  49. Buy Property in Bangalore posted 02/22/2013

    Online Article……

    […]The information mentioned in the article are some of the best available […]……

  50. Mid-town posted 02/22/2013

    Yahoo results…

    While searching google I discovered this page in the results and I didn’t think it fit…

Post a New Comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.

c