Sable's Smoked Fish
Upper East Side
1489 2nd Avenue
between E.77th/78th Sts.
Brothers Danny and Kenny Sze have owned and operated Sable's Smoked Fish for nearly two decades and the wall of photographs of customers, both anonymous and famous, neighborhood regulars and strangers, are just one testimony to how popular this tiny shop is.
Smoked sable, belly lox, chub, and salmons from around the world are its specialty but the store also has exquisite picked lox, herring and caviar, both imported and American. Sometimes they will have rare items like white Spanish anchovies. They also have an excellent selection of canned tuna, salmon and sardines.
What to know:
The shopkeepers will tempt you with samples of their perfectly seasoned store-made crab and lobster salads and you'll want to buy them all. They make excellent sandwiches and prepared foods like borscht for take-out, they have a robust catering business, and they deliver in Manhattan from Sutton Place to East 96th Street and ship all over the U.S.