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New Haven
Groceries, Seafood, Chinese

Daily 10:00am–8:00pm

Bar None
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East Rock
892 State St.
New Haven, CT
(203) 776-2938
State Fish Farm Market
An unsung hero in New Haven’s world of fishmongers

Why doesn’t this humble Asian market get any respect? Is it the strong fish smell that wafts out the door? Is it the cheap-looking sign, or the dingy-looking windows?

Well, now you’ve heard it from us: State Fish Farm Market isn’t just one of East Rock’s most reliable purveyors of Asian packaged foods, Chinese vegetables, and Korean goods like kimchi. It’s one of New Haven’s best places to buy fish. People often complain that there are no good fishmongers in New Haven proper, especially in East Rock, but these people clearly don’t know about this place.

We’ll admit: this place is smelly. Really smelly, sometimes. But the fish we’ve bought here has generally been of good quality. But don’t just sidle up and ask for a pound of halibut. It’s a good idea to squeeze around the counter and look at the whole fish spread across the table before deciding which fish you want.

Here are some hints when choosing: look for specimens with the bounciest flesh, the glossiest eyes, the least smell. Once you’ve chosen, they’ll clean and gut the fish, snip off the fins, and, if you like, they’ll usually fillet it. We’ve had particularly good luck with striped bass; once, we took it home whole and steamed it—in a bamboo steamer that we bought in this market, too. Delicious.

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