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Tan My My Market
The river of food shoppers burbling along Grand Street reaches a thrashing human rapids at the corner of Grand and Chrystie, where Tan My My's chaotic combo—fresh-fish market, low-priced vegetable stand and butcher's-cum-frozen-food-and-prepared-item shop—fills three storefronts. Start with the fish side: It's loud, wet and rambunctious, with rubber-booted mongers flipping still-wriggling blue crabs from basket to basket and an overall seafood selection that's varied and very fresh—check the eyes and gills of these snappers, groupers, flounder, and eels. There are plenty of live fish and lobster in tanks, a broad selection of shellfish—pick your own clams and oysters, or order up blue or king crabs, sea urchins, cockles, and mussels—and a shrimp selection that rivals any in town, from tiny 40-count to prawns the size of a defensive lineman's digits. In the butcher shop next door, shoppers pick over chicken and pig parts (including feet, both plain and pickled, innards and jowls) often eschewed by fussy Westerners, as well as frog's legs and fresh Asian-style sausages. Street-side, find abundant Asian ingredients at the vegetable and fruit stand, like long beans, winter melon, Asian pear, greens galore, rambutan, and litchi. The clerks here prefer to make the selections for you here, but they're scrupulous pickers, so no worries.Extra
For steam- or sauté-at-home dumplings that rival Chinatown's dim-sum palaces, check out Tan My My's freezer case.