Note from Liz: Here’s a guest blog post from the incomparable Patrice Costa. Take it away, Patrice!
As soon as you meet Joe DiMauro, owner of Mount Kisco Seafood, with his warm smile and big personality, he makes you feel right at home. He is a true fish expert, but that comes as no surprise since he’s been Mount Kisco’s local fishmonger for over 30 years (as well as the owner of The Fish Cellar for 14 years which closed this past January).
At times, I find purchasing seafood to be a daunting task: Can I substitute red snapper for branzino? How do I prepare arctic char? Where does the fish come from? Is it on the seafood watch sustainable list? What about mercury levels? It’s enough to make my head spin, but Joe and his extremely knowledgeable staff made it so easy. From the minute I walked into the store, I was impressed by their friendly and helpful attitude. I wasn’t the least bit rushed, and they were happy to answer all my questions.
Five days a week Mount Kisco Seafood’s truck is at the Fulton Fish Market bringing back a fresh selection of seafood to choose from. It’s all from the United States and Canada (primarily from the Northeast, which sounds pretty local if you ask me).
Fish, of course, is the shining star of this establishment, but the real beauty is that this is one-stop shopping at its ultimate best. Ingredients like panko crumbs, Asian sauces and condiments, specialty olive oils and vinegars and much more are easily found on well-organized shelves ready to complete any recipe. Don’t feel like fish for dinner? Choose from organic chicken, hot and sweet Italian sausage, beautiful cuts of strip and t-bone steak (they will soon be carrying grass-fed beef from a local farm in Connecticut), and D’Artagnan duck breast, to just name a few tempting choices. There’s always a stunning display of produce, too, most of which comes direct from local farms like Cabbage Hill, Hermosa and Amawalk.
Don’t feel like cooking? They have that covered with sushi that’s made right in front of you or prepared meals and soups ready to go.
And don’t forget to pick up some fresh baked bread straight from Red Barn Bakery in Irvington.
Joe DiMauro is passionate about showcasing local products in the store (he even puts LOCAL stickers on them!). Some items you will find are Bobby Sue’s Nuts from Bedford, Reva’s All Natural Outrageous Cookies from Armonk, MeMe’s Treats from Mt. Kisco (there was a Small Bites post about MeMe’s Treats just a few days ago), and the delectable cheeses from Rainbeau Ridge in Bedford Hills.
And if all that is not enough, Mount Kisco Seafood can cater your next party — either in your home or they can prepare the entire meal to be picked up. A don’t miss catering specialty is their old fashioned New England style clam bake, but Joe warns that reservations need to be made before February for next summer. I’m left with only one burning question for Joe: When do you sleep?!
My purchase for dinner that night was two whole branzino (Mediterranean Sea Bass NOT the endangered Chilean Sea Bass) for an easy recipe from Ruth Rogers of the River Café — Roasted Sea Bass with Potatoes, Capers and Olives.
With fish this fresh, this dish was destined to be amazing. Thanks Mount Kisco Seafood!
The 411 on Mount Kisco Seafood:
477 Lexington Avenue
Mt. Kisco, NY 10549
Open 7 days a week:
Monday – Friday 9 am to 7 pm
Saturday 9 am to 6 pm
Sunday 9 am to 4 pm