Slideshow: 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
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.
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.
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.
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.