This past Summer I was sitting in the park near my home when my neighbor walked by with her dog. We spoke for a few minutes, and somehow the topic of bagels and lox came up. Did you know lox can cost up to $80 a pound in Manhattan? Well, my neighbor shared a secret that had been handed down to her, there is a place in Brooklyn where lox is $18 a pound!
Acme Fish is the major wholesaler for smoked fish products in the tri-state area. Once a week, Fridays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Acme is also a retailer! The other secret is, lines can form early, lines before the holidays can snake around the block, so unofficially the store is open at 6 a.m. Time to beat the rush hour traffic and buy some fish! At 6 a.m., it looks more like a secret, private club entrance then a soon to be packed fish market:
My first trip was with the same neighbor mentioned above. I needed directions and instructions. Now, once a month, I head to Brooklyn at 6 a.m., all by myself, in the darkness, to buy smoked fish for myself and a few friends!
There are quite a few offerings. I stock up o lox, smoked whitefish salad, and smoked salmon salad for the family.
And the prices are amazing for these products, about a third what you would pay in Manhattan.
My neighbor orders some of the more exotic items, I stick to the basics.
This is one of the best kept secrets in New York City! You have to know when to go, where to go, and how to order. It’s not easy to wake up at 5:45 a.m. on a Friday monring, but it is a fun adventure to traipse through the streets of Brooklyn in the dark to get such a great deal for my family!