If it's not Fabulous, it's not Coming Home With Us

January 25, 2018

Good morning to all of our beloved friends and clients and thankfully with the break in the weather,  the "hunters" of the world's seafood have once again bestowed upon us a true treasure with their catches.


I am always humbled by those whose chosen occupation is to fish for a living and am eternally grateful for their amazing efforts.  Please know that the premium costs of truly fresh Seafood is something we are acutely aware of.  That said, for the past 29 years we have only sought the very best for our friends and clients and although it sounds like a perfect "sound bite", it is in fact completely true.


Case in point, earlier this week with winter fishing being inherently difficult, many Sword fishermen could not brave the windy conditions to do their jobs. This resulted in mostly substandard import fish in the market. Now when we select Swordfish for our store, we first look for pristine freshness and secondly a fatty fish which as many of you know, makes a perfectly delectable meal.  Yet, despite the fact that we are so used to getting "everything" we want at a click of a mouse, there was no Swordfish that met our criteria hence, we did not have any Swordfish to sell. By the way, that's okay with us and further reaffirms our belief that, if it's not Fabulous, it's not coming home with us. A motto I thought I would implement in my dating life when I was much younger. But instead had no use for it, since I was married at the age of 23.  

Secondly, we must face the facts that farmed fish is going to continue to play a larger role in the world's seafood consumption but as you might suspect, not all farmed fish are equal.  That is why we go to great lengths to procure fish from farms that not only practice sustainable methods but refuse to use hormones or antibiotics to raise their fish.  And let's not forget, that as a Fresh Fish Market we do not have the luxury of covering our fresh fish with sauces or numerous cooking techniques.  No, unlike your half Lebanese fishmonger, our fish has to look spectacular naked, for all the world to see.  

We are so very grateful to all of you who make a special trip to Metro but we sincerely believe that you came to get the very best Seafood the world has to offer and not something that is just okay.  I reserve "just okay" to when my barber asks me how my hair looks and with great disappointment come to the realization that he's only made my hairless crown more evident.  Another truth is that "Real" Seafood comes at a premium.  That said, if you would like to purchase Red Grouper for example, you should be able to get the genuine article and not some Fish "relabeled" that is "kind of" like Grouper.  Good news is that we also feature some amazing underutilized species like Pollack, Hake, Porgies and Whiting that are absolutely delicious and more moderately priced.  But again our commitment to all of you lovely folks will always remain the same, Procure the Finest Seafood the World has to offer for the most Amazing Clients in the World.  

For allowing us to be your fishmongers is a profound pleasure and honor and for that we are truly grateful.  I truly hope you enjoy today's "clean eating" and very easy recipes featuring, Whole Roasted Sriracha Sea Bass & Garlic Sriracha Shrimp with Mint... mmm, Sriracha themed.

Holy Hot Crab Dip...The Game is Just 2 weeks Away

Metro will once again be your connection for the most tasteful party selections
Here are just some the Items we will be featuring
Super Bowl Sunday Only METRO'S FAMOUS
Chipotle Chicken Wings
order in advance!

Hummus Platters and Middle Eastern Platters
Spicy Catfish Sticks with Remoulade Sauce
Shrimp Cocktail Platters
Buffalo Shrimp
Coconut Shrimp
Tequila Shrimp
Rock "Pop Corn" Shrimp
Sushi Platters
California Rolls (Real King Crab), Spicy Tuna, Salmon Avocado, Yellow Tail,
Unagi(BBQ Eel)
Smoked Fish
Crab Claw Platters
Blue Claw, Jonah Crab, King Crab and Snow Crab
Fish Balls
Crab Balls... no need to comment... grow up
Stuffed Mushroom Caps with Either Crab or Sausage
Create your own Raw bar with Clams and Oysters on the half shell
Fried Calamari, Scallops wrapped in Bacon, Stuffed Clams Metro, Clams Casino, Oysters Rockefeller, Tomato and Avocado Salsa with fresh fried Corn Tortillas and The best damn Cole Slaw and Potato Salad in the State
Artisanal Local Cheeses and much More! (908) 840-4332

To all of our Beloved Friends and Clients South and West...You Can Experience Metropolitan Seafood At The Stockton Farmers Market Stockton NJ FRIDAYS, SATURDAYS AND SUNDAYS... PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CALL OUR MAIN NUMBER TO ORDER SEAFOOD (908) 840-4332
Along with our fresh fish selections we are delighted to announce Metropolitan Seafood will be offering (on Fridays Only) at the Stockton Market
Our Classic Fish And Chips As Well As Our Famous Grilled Fish Tacos, Rock Shrimp Tacos... AND $1 OYSTERS FROM 3 TO 5 PM ALSO, METRO'S OWN LOBSTER ROLL WITH FRIES... Looks like it's here to stay

Friday 3:00 to 7:00 
Saturday 9:00 to 4:00
Sunday 10:00 to 4:00 

Don't Forget to Like Us On Facebook For Special Deals and Updates! 

"California" Salmon Burger (EAT GOOD...FEEL BETTER)
Grilled House-Made Lime Garlic Salmon Burger with Mixed Field Greens, Avocado, Tomato, Pickled Onions and Baja Sauce on a Toasted Roll
With a Choice of Soup* 

Metro's Mexican "Torta" Snapper Sandwich
Corn Meal Crusted Snapper Fillet with Lettuce, Tomato, Onion, Avocado and Pickled Jalapeños with Chipotle Aioli on a Fresh Baked Toasted Soft Roll
With a choice of Soup*

Grilled Baja Ahi Tuna "Health Wrap" 
Grilled Spiced Sushi Grade Tuna with Seared Veggies, Mixed Field Greens and Avocado with a Lime Aioli on Lebanese Flat Bread 
With a Choice of Soup* 

Cajun Fish Cake "Burger"
A Golden Codfish Cake with Lettuce, Tomato and Pickled Onions with Cayenne Aioli on a Toasted Roll With a Bag of North Fork Potato Chips
With a Choice of Soup*

The Tequila Lime Catfish Emparedado (Sandwich) "This One is Bang'n!"
Panko Crusted Spiced Catfish with Lettuce, Guacamole, Red Onion, Tomato and a Tequila Lime Aioli on a Soft Roll
With a Choice Soup*

Grilled Fajita Spiced Wild Pink Shrimp Over Black Beans over Saffron Rice
With a Choice of Soft Drink**

Metro's Falafel With "The Works"  
Vegetarian Spiced Chick Pea Patties with Lettuce, Tomato, Pickled wild Cucumber, Hot Peppers With Tahini  (Sesame) Sauce and Hot Sauce on locally baked Pita Bread
With a Choice of Soft Drink**

Grilled Swordfish Fajitas (2)
Grilled Spiced Swordfish on Grilled Flour Tortillas (2) with Seared Sweet Peppers and Onions, Avocado with Chipotle & Baja Sauce
With a Choice of Soft Drink**

Fried Scallop "Love Roll"
Panko Crusted Day Boat Scallops with Mixed Field Greens, Tomato and Tartar Sauce on Fresh Baked Soft Roll
With a Choice of Soup*

Pesto Grilled Nova Scotia Halibut over a Mixed Field Green Salad 
With a Choice of Dressing
With a Choice of Soft Drink**

Grilled Mediterranean Tilapia "Caesar Wrap"
Grilled Lemon Herb Tilapia With our House Made Caesar Salad Wrapped in Lebanese Flat Bread
With a Choice of Soup* 

Grilled Tuscan Spiced Grouper Over Our Classic Caesar Salad 
With a choice of Soft Drink** 

Metro's Famous Rock Shrimp Tacos (2)
Panko Crusted Fresh Rock Shrimp with Shredded Cabbage, Our house Pico de Gallo and Baja Sauce on (2) Flour Tortillas with Our House pickled Jalapeños and Red Onions on the side 
With a choice of Soft Drink** 

(For those who don't love fish but love the people who do) 
Grilled Ginger Lime Chicken Pita Wrap 
Grilled Ginger Lime Chicken Breast with Roasted Veggies and Wasabi Sauce on Fresh Baked Pita 
With a Choice of Soup* 

**Soft Drink Choices for Specials Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite and Water
*Soup Choices-Manhattan or New England Clam Chowder, Lobster Bisque AND Chicken Rice 
All Soups Lovingly Made In-House


Today's Fresh Fish Selections

From the North:
Live Sea Urchin...Uni (Maine)
Razor Clams 
Jonah Crabmeat 
Mako Shark 
Pollack (Blue Cod)
Porgies (Scup)
Golden Tilefish
Black Sea Bass (Long Island)
Day Boat Sea Scallops 
Nantucket Bay Scallops "Hello Sweetness"
Peconic Bay Scallops  
Maine Steamers  
Nova Scotia Halibut
Grey Sole
Nova Scotia (Hard Shell) Lobsters
Jumbo Maine Mussels
Baccala (Salt Cod) Needs to be soaked for 2 days
Fresh Long Island Squid
Rhode Island Little Necks
Cherry Stone Clams
Top Neck Clams


From the Waters of the World:                  
Sardines (Greece)
Turbot (Spain)
Dover Sole (Spain)
Japanese Madia (Sea Bream)
Carabineros (Spanish Red Shrimp)
Hamachi (Yellow Tail)
New Zealand Cockles 
New Zealand Green Lip Mussels              
Branzino (Mediterranean Sea Bass)
Dorade (Sea Bream)                                       
Colossal U-6 Shrimp
Wild Caribbean Hopper Pink Shrimp and White Shrimp (3 Sizes)
Brazilian Rock Lobster Tails (4 Sizes)
South African Cold Water Lobster Tails
New Zealand Lobsters Tails 
Squid Ink (Cuttlefish Ink)
Squid Steaks
North African and Spanish Octopus (Large & Baby)
Crawfish Tail Meat
Conch Meat from Belize    


From the South:
Rock Shrimp
Red Grouper 
Jumbo Stone Crab Claws
Fresh Never Frozen Jumbo 
King Fish 
Blue Claw Crabs (In the Freezer, Ready For Sauce)
American Red Snapper
Sushi Grade Ahi Tuna
Fresh Jumbo Lump Crab Meat
Fresh Lump Crab Meat
Special Crab Meat
Blue Crab Cocktail Claws with Horseradish Sauce


From Sustainable Seafood Sources: 
Rain Forest Tilapia 
Arctic Char (Iceland)
Organic Scottish and Norwegian Salmon
Prince Edward Island Mussels
Local Musky Hatchery Rainbow Trout
Large Maine Mussels

From the Pacific Northwest:
Fresh Plump Shucked Washington State Oysters
Jumbo King Crab Legs
Jumbo Snow (Opilio) Crab Legs
More Fish coming  in Every Day Please Call for updated Inventory... (908) 840 4332
Metropolitan's Half-Shell Oyster and Clam Selections

West Coast:
Sunset Beach  (Wa)
Fanny Bays (Wa)
Stretch Island (Wa)
Totten Inlet (Wa)
Kumamotos (Ca)

East Coast:
Beau Soleil (NB Can)
Fishers Island (NY)
Pemaquid (Me)
Wellfleets (Mass)
Blue Points (Conn)
Island Creek (Mass)
Mookie Blues (Me)
Fin De La Bais (NB Can)
Row 34 (Mass)
High Bar Harbor (NJ)
Old Barney Salts (NJ)
Sugar Shack (NJ)
Wildling Bastard (NJ)
Moon Shoal (Mass)
Chatham (Mass)
Billington (Mass)
Peters Point (Mass)
Puffer Points (Mass)
Glidden Point (Me)



Maine Steamers
Little Neck Clams (RI)
Top Neck Clams (Conn)
Cherrystones (RI)
Fresh Chopped Clams


Today's Featured Recipes Created With Love for You...


Whole Roasted Sriracha Sea Bass Serves 4
It's time to slip out of our favorite Mediterranean Culinary Sweater of comfort and don the Asian flavors of the future little chef.  No, I'm not suggesting you wear Yoga pants in the kitchen, just a tailored tunic...you know you'd rock that look.

2-2 pound Whole Sea Bass scaled and gutted; you could also use Branzino or Red Snapper
Salt and Pepper
6 tablespoons of Olive oil
2 to 3 tablespoons of Sriracha Hot Sauce
1 tablespoon of Soy Sauce
4 cloves of garlic crushed and minced
Lime wedges for garnish
4 tablespoons of fresh chopped Cilantro for garnish

How it's done
Preheat your oven to 400° degrees

In a small bowl combine the olive oil, Sriracha, soy sauce and garlic with a good dash of salt and pepper.  

Dry the fish well with paper towels and Place the Sea Bass in a baking dish suitable for the table.  

Next, slather the spice mixture both inside and out of the fish.  

Let the fish marinate at room temperature for 30 minutes on the counter.  

Give the fish another turn or two to coat well and sprinkle with a little more salt and pepper.  

Then place your Sea Bass in the oven and roast for 30 minutes or until the fish is just opaque and pulls off the bone when fork tested.

To serve, bring the baking dish to the table and sprinkle the fish with the chopped cilantro and garnish with the lime wedges.  I know what you are thinking; "Can I rock this tunic at work tomorrow?" Short answer, hells yeah, now let's eat. 

Garlic Sriracha Shrimp with Mint Serves 4
Ring... Ring... Ring... "Hello" "Hi, it's Spicy Lively Flavor, would you like to come to a party this weekend?" "Well, I don't know, will I know anyone there?" "I hope not, isn't that the point"  "In that case, looking forward to some new flavors, if you know what I mean" "I don't but you are still invited anyway" Okay, enough of that, lets cook.

1½ to 2 pounds of Large Shrimp peeled and deveined with the tails left on (this will slow them down)
3 tablespoons Grapeseed oil (you can also use Canola or Vegetable oil)
6 cloves of garlic, minced
2 tablespoons soy sauce
4 tablespoons water
2 or more tablespoons Sriracha hot sauce
½ cup of fresh chopped mint leaves
¼ cup of fresh chopped cilantro
The juice of 1 lime
Lime wedges for garnish

How it's done
Place the shrimp in a shallow bowl or pie plate and season with a little salt and pepper.

Heat a large non-stick skillet over high heat.


Add the oil and after the oil is hot, carefully add the shrimp (try to keep in one layer) and sear the shrimp for about 1 minute per side. 

Next, lower the heat to medium and add the garlic, soy sauce, water, and Sriracha to the skillet and cook for 1 minute or until the sauce is heated through and the shrimp are just opaque when knife tested. 

Transfer the shrimp to a large serving platter and garnish with the mint and cilantro (toss gently with tongs).  

Finally squeeze over the fresh lime juice and garnish with the lime wedges.  

By the way, the Spicy Lively party is at your house so make sure you're stocked up on wasabi peas.  



Mark J. Drabich
Metropolitan Seafood & Gourmet
P 908-840-4332
F 908-506-0293
Email: mark@metroseafood.com
1320 Rt. 22 Lebanon NJ 08833

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