Mon-Sat, 10am-10pm; Sun, noon-8pm
6 at 33rd St.; 4, 5, 6, 7, S at Grand Central-42nd St.
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If sautéing a snapper or grilling a grouper is your idea of an evening well spent, Wild Edibles is the place to stop by on your way home for a fillet, a steak, even an entire fish, whole or butterflied. The seafood is as fresh here as the catch of the day at Union Square Café or Alain Ducasse, both of which are supplied by the market’s Long Island City-based wholesale arm. For kitchen-shy seafood lovers or those craving a midday Omega-3 boost, prepared dishes like seared sesame tuna and herb-crusted brook trout offer savory, upscale alternatives to deli specials. The shop’s signature specialty is an inspired convenience designed to pamper food-savvy, persnickety New Yorkers: Diners can call in for their fish of choice, request it grilled, roasted, pan-roasted, steamed, or sautéed, and team it with sides or nothing at all. Midday, a steady flow of lunch-hour traffic livens up the classic chrome and white counter. The kitchen turns out a decent share of office catering as well. There’s nothing “wild” or intimidating about this upbeat, streamlined shop and its congenial staff, except of course the Wild King salmon. And rest assured, it won’t bite.Extra
The market makes cooking dinner even easier with its slew of house seasoning sauces (like the sweet and spicy ginger-lime marinade) and staples like rice pilaf.