Fish Tales
191 Court Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201-6423
(718) 246-1346‎

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I’ve lived in the Cobble Hill / Boerum Hill / Carroll Gardens section of Brooklyn, New York for the better part of a decade amidst a changing backdrop of restaurants, retail, and residents.  One of the few constants during my tenure, however has been Fish Tales Gourmet Seafood Market on Court Street.  My wife and I cook a lot, and try to make fish of some sort for dinner at least once a week.  I’ve made the mistake of buying the frozen varieties from Trader Joe’s – a fine marketplace, however when it comes to seafood the fresher it is, the better even if it’s a little more expensive.

Since 1996 the men at Fish Tales have been providing the neighborhood with some of the freshest seafood in the borough of Brooklyn.  John, Lewis, & Alex know most of their customers by name, or at the very least by face.  They’re up at 2AM six days a week picking out the best to satisfy the most discerning of pallets.  They carry a superior selection of fresh & salt water fishes, plus shellfish varieties, prepared foods including precooked entrees, salads, and shrimp cocktail, and everything the local gourmet would possibly need to cook a delicious seafood meal minus the pots, pans, & stove.  Their soups have gained significant local attention by food celebrities like Bobby Flay who even challenged owner John Addis to a Manhattan Fish Chowder Throwdown.  Bobby won the challenge – perhaps due to the fact he used bacon in his recipe.  I’m sure I’d have enjoyed both!

The men who run Fish Tales are not only friendly, but are also extremely knowledgeable of their product having given me suggestions on what herbs to stuff into grilled black bass, how long to pan sear tilapia, and even how to shuck an oyster – a video of which is forthcoming.  Not sure what to cook tonight?  They’ll tell you what’s good based on your personal tastes.  And whatever those personal tastes may be, you’ll be sure to find something fresh & delicious at Fish Tales.

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