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There comes a time during the course of the year when I’m sick of eating heavy stews, soups, and pot pies, dark beer, and smoky whisky and crave the lighter side of eating and drinking…and then six months later I’m ready to go back to the heavier stuff.  Works the same with clothing, and sports, and…well you get the picture. Read the rest of this entry »

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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One of the ways in which I’m attempting to eat healthier on days that I’m not researching posts for Eating Brooklyn is to cook and eat more fish.  I love fish!  I love it all ways!  Steamed or boiled shell-fish.  Grilled whole fish.  Fried, baked, seared, raw, etc.  Usually when we buy fish we pick up some tilapia or shrimp from Fish Tales on Court Street.  They carry the freshest selections in town.  Over the winter I even made a halibut stew.  The wife is very picky when it comes to fish.  But yesterday I challenged her to try something different.  I found a recipe for seared, crusted tuna over mango salsa courtesy of Ina Garten, aka. The Barefoot Contessa.  The recipe had simple enough ingredients, and was easy to follow. 

At lunch time, yesterday I picked up all the ingredients I needed for the mango salsa, plus two tuna steaks from Fish Tales.  I also picked up some green beans for some extra vegetable nutrition.  I made the salsa before heading to the gym.  Cooking the tuna and beans upon return took all of ten minutes.  The recipe is as follows:


2 tablespoons good olive oil, plus extra for searing
1 1/2 cups diced yellow onion (2 onions)
2 teaspoons peeled, minced fresh ginger
1 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic
2 ripe mangos, peeled, seeded, and small diced
1/3 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
2 teaspoons light brown sugar
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 to 2 teaspoons minced fresh jalapeno pepper, to taste (1 pepper)
2 teaspoons minced fresh mint leaves
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