Gallery: Behind The Scenes at the New Fulton Fish Market with Alex Palumbo

Building Relationships
Building Relationships

It took Alex a while before he found the few suppliers he prefers for his seafood. He's built relationships with them to get their best products.

The New Fulton Fish Market
The New Fulton Fish Market

Were it not for the glowing fish icon, this would look like any other warehouse.

The New Fulton Fish Market
The New Fulton Fish Market

It's a whole different world inside. There were people like us, shopping for seafood; workers cleaning the fish; and forklifts zipping up and down the warehouse.

The New Fulton Fish Market
The New Fulton Fish Market

When visiting the fish market, be sure to wear good shoes—it's slippery! (Converse are not a good choice, I now know.) When walking around, be sure to watch out for the many forklifts zipping up and down; it gets a bit chaotic.

The New Fulton Fish Market
The New Fulton Fish Market

A forklift transferring some boxes of seafood to a storage area.

Oysters
Oysters

First on Alex's list was to buy a bag of oysters.

A Closer Look
A Closer Look

Alex gets a closer look at the oysters on the scale.

Pay First
Pay First

At each supplier there will be a person with a pad of paper. You tell him what and how much of the product you want to buy, like Alex here. The guy will write you a receipt, which you take to a central paying booth. After paying, you bring back the receipt to the seafood supplier and then they will hand over the boxes of delicious-looking seafood.

Scallops
Scallops

Tins and tubs of fresh scallops.

Clams
Clams

Neatly stacked together.

Go Prepared
Go Prepared

If you decide to visit the New Fulton Fish Market, be prepared. Like Alex, bring a dolly to carry all your stuff, and be sure to make a list, or else you'll definitely be tempted to impulse shop. And bring a jacket—it's cold inside.

Weighing Turbot
Weighing Turbot

A worker weighing whole turbots.

Name That Fish
Name That Fish

There were boxes and boxes of fish sitting along the walkway that I had no idea what they were. Some looked familiar...

Know Your Fish
Know Your Fish

There were many fish that were easily recognized, like the red snapper here. But others were totally new to me.

Tuna
Tuna

Not in the picture were a pile of discarded tuna parts, and workers fileting the whole fish.

Crabs
Crabs
Branzino
Branzino

Alex bought a box of branzino to be put to good use at the restaurant.

Coffee Break
Coffee Break

Alex finished his shopping around 2 AM. But before leaving, we enjoyed a cup of espresso at the cafe inside the market, and talked about all the dishes Alex planned to make with his new catch.

Behind The Scenes at the New Fulton Fish Market with Alex Palumbo