"A scallop dealer stopped down from New Bedford, and I had diver sea scallops," says Robert McNeil, owner of #1 Fish Market. "And if you ping 'em with your finger they move. They have a pulse, like a heart. We call them pingers. He goes, 'We call them jellybags and I can't even get them like that,' and he's right on the water in New Bedford, Massachusetts." That's a typical story for #1 Fish Market. They, inexplicably, are able to obtain the highest quality seafood still possible, and to sell it for more-than-reasonable prices. "The fact that I get up in the middle of the night and drive into New York to the Fulton Market and handpick my stuff from all around the world helps," says McNeil. "That's another reason." The fish industry is trying to force buyers to get chemically-treated fish, and few in the business are resisting. But not at #1. "It restores the shine, removes any fishy odor, but kills you and me in the interim," says McNeil. "I'm willing to pay like $1.50 more a pound to get it untreated, and it's getting real challenging for me. I'm like a dinosaur that hasn't compromised. All my stuff is chem-free and health food store quality."
Winner of Best Seafood Market in the New Haven Advocate Best Of Readers' Poll 2012.