Good morning to all of our beloved friends and clients and as National Seafood Month kicks into high gear, we at Metro have been delighted with the outpouring of participation from our clients.

Of course quite a few of you folks have been claiming that fresh seafood is a lifestyle that needs no holiday but it's nice to see the acknowledgement of the hard working men and women who hunt the open ocean. That said, many of you have been sharing your posts on social media tagging the funkyfishmonger on Instagram and Metropolitan Seafood & Gourmet on Facebook. For this we are humbled and honored not only to be your fishmongers but eternally grateful for your affirmation to our chosen profession.

While some of you have featured many of the recipes I have written, many of you have showcased your own special traditions regarding this Briny filled month. Of course, I would be remiss if I didn't share some of them with you today. Please keep in mind that the practices of our clients is not endorsed by the management of Metro Seafood. Case in point, Jim from Branchburg claims that he celebrates NSM each year by greeting his wife at the door wearing nothing but a three pound lobster and lobster bib. Wow Jim, way to get into the spirit of things but I am a little disturbed to hear that this year you opened the door for the FedEx man instead of your should really peak out the window first brother. Now of course not all of these traditions are salacious in nature, Melissa from Clinton loves to celebrate the month with one of her "Low Country Boils." That sounded great to me until I found out that Melissa forbid anyone from using utensils at the table and those caught using a fork had to remove an article of clothing. Apparently her dinner-mates are all aware of this game and playfully picked forks up just to disrobe at the table. Now please don't think I'm being judgy Melissa, but that freak flag needs to come down the pole, folded neatly and tucked in a drawer. Sorry, I didn't read most of these through all the way. Wait, here is a good one, Shawn from Oldwick wrote that he always celebrates NSM by roasting a whole fish for his family to enjoy...oh snap...he further writes that all dinner guests must attend supper wearing loin cloths and that baying at the moon is required...My Cod these people are outlandish to say the least and I say that with no judgement...okay a little judgement.

Well if you would like to celebrate in a somewhat normal way I sincerely hope you will enjoy today's original recipes featuring Pan Roasted Harissa Salmon & Whole Pomegranate Snapper over Roasted Potatoes. All kidding aside, thank you all for sharing photos of your culinary creations and tagging us on social media. Please know that we are humbled by your generosity. Except for you Melissa, that stuff is just wrong.


Join us for a special Grand Samplings Event at Grape Finale Hands-On Winery in Flemington, NJ. Cooking demonstration by the Funky Fishmonger, Mark Drabich, of Metropolitan Seafood & Gourmet. Sample the three seafood dishes Mark prepares along with 3 complimentary samples of Grape Finale handcrafted wine. The evening concludes with a delicious dark chocolate and truffle sampler by The Fudge Shoppe and a complimentary sample of Grape Finale's Vintage Port. $65 per person. Seating is limited so purchase your tickets today at Eventbrite.


To all of our Beloved Friends and Clients South and West...You Can Experience Metropolitan Seafood At The Stockton Farmers Market in Stockton NJ


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 3-5 PM...THAT'S A BUCK A SHUCK! ALSO, METRO'S OWN LOBSTER ROLL WITH FRIES...Looks like it's here to stay

STOCKTON MARKET HOURS Friday 3:00 to 7:00 Saturday 9:00 to 4:00 Sunday 10:00 to 4:00

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"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* $12

The Sea Bass Roll with Lobster Mayo Panko Crusted Local Sea Bass with Tomato, Mixed Field Greens and Lobster Mayo on a Toasted Ciabatta Roll With a Choice of Soup* $12

Metro's Spiced Up Mexican "Torta" Catfish Sandwich Spicy Corn Meal Crusted Catfish with Lettuce, Tomato, Onion, Avocado and Pickled Jalapeños with Chipotle Aioli on a Fresh Baked Toasted Roll With a Choice of Soup* $9

The Mediterranean Mahi "Health Wrap" Grilled Lemon Herb Wild Mahi Fillet with Mixed Field Greens, Seared Veggies and Basil Aioli on Lebanese Flat Bread With a Choice of Soup* $12

Pan Seared Pesto Arctic Char Over a Mixed Field Green Salad (Choice of Dressing) With a Choice of Soft Drink** $12

The "Fishmonger's Favorite" The Fried Fish Roll (a.k.a. the funky_fishmonger) Panko Crusted Wild Hake Fillet with Lettuce, Tomato, Red Onion and Pickle with Tartar Sauce and a Touch of Hot Sauce on a Toasted Soft Roll With a Choice of Soup* $10

Grilled Miso Glazed King Salmon Roll (Calling All Hungry Samurais) Grilled Miso Glazed Wild King Salmon with Tomato and Asian Slaw on a Fresh Baked Soft Roll With a Choice of Soup* $12

The "French Kiss" Fish Roll Herb Crumbed Skate Fillet with Mixed Field Greens, Red Onion, Tomato, Sweet Piquante Peppers and a Saffron Fennel Aioli on a Toasted Roll With a Choice of Soup* $10

Metro's Grilled Grouper Tacos (2) Grilled Lime Garlic Gulf Red Grouper 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** $10

Grilled Tuscan Branzino Over Classic Caesar Salad With a Choice of Soft Drink** $12

Grilled Lime Garlic Sea Bream (Dorade) over Saffron Rice and Black Beans With the Choice of Soup* $10

The "Locals Only" Tilapia Pita Wrap Panko Crusted Locally Farmed Tilapia Fillet with Romaine Lettuce, Tomato and Spicy Mayo on a Locally Baked Pita With Choice of Soup* $9

The Metro Turbot "Picnic Roll" (Makes you want to have a beer at work...but don't) Panko Crusted Fresh Turbot Fillet with Tomato, Cole Slaw and Spicy Mayo on a Toasted Ciabatta Roll With a Choice of Soup* $10

(For those Folks who love fish eaters but not fish) Metro's Holy Shipmate Buffalo Chicken Pita Wrap Buffalo Style Chicken Tenders with Romaine Lettuce and our House Blue Cheese Dressing on locally baked Pita With a Choice of Soup* $10

**Soft Drink Choices for specials Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite and Water *Soup Choices- Gazpacho is Back! 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: Sea Bass Razor Clams Golden Tilefish Hake Fluke (Sushi Grade) Jonah Crab Meat Jonah Crab Cocktail Claws Day Boat Sea Scallops "Dry" Maine Steamers Nova Scotia Halibut Monkfish Cod Skate Swordfish Nova Scotia (Hard Shell) Lobsters Jumbo Maine Mussels Baccala (Salt Cod) Needs to be soaked for 2 days Fresh Squid (AKA Calamari) Rhode Island Little Necks Cherry Stone Clams Top Neck Clams

From the Waters of the World: Red Grouper Sardines (Greece) Madai (Japan) Hiromasa SUSHI PLEASE! Ahi Sushi Grade Tuna U-4 Head-On She Tiger Prawns (Nigeria) Turbot (Spain) Dover Sole (Spain) Carabineros (Spanish Red Shrimp) New Zealand Green Lip Mussels Branzino (Mediterranean Sea Bass) Dorade (Sea Bream) Colossal U-6 Shrimp Cockles (New Zealand) 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) Crayfish Tail Meat Conch Meat from Belize

From the South: Fresh Florida Rock Shrimp Kingfish American Red Snapper Fresh Jumbo Lump Crab Meat Fresh Lump Crab Meat Special Crab Meat Blue Crab Cocktail Claws with Horseradish Sauce

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

From the Pacific Northwest: Uni (Santa Barbara) Washington State Wild King Salmon Black Cod (Sablefish) Fresh Plump Shucked Washington State Oysters Jumbo King Crab Legs Jumbo Snow (Opilio) Crab Legs Manila Clams

More Fish coming in Every Day Please Call for updated Inventory... (908) 840 4332

Metropolitan's Half-Shell Oyster and Clam Selections GO SHUCKING CRAZY! Oysters:

West Coast: Kumamotos (Ca) Sunset Beach(Wa) Totten Inlet (Wa)

East Coast: Blue Points (NY) Island Creek (Mass) Moonshoal (Mass) Damsels in Distress (ME) Glidden Points (ME) Highbar Harbor (NJ) Spring Creek (Mass) Lucky Limes (NB Can) Jersey Devils (NJ) Old Barney Salt (NJ) Swan Point (NJ) Fishers Island (NY) Mookie Blues (ME) Row 34 (Mass) Village Bay (NB Can)



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


Pan Roasted Harissa Salmon Serves 4 Have you ever gotten the feeling that your Half-Lebanese Fishmonger is trying to brainwash your taste buds into thinking all things Middle Eastern are cool? If so than I am doing my job. Now your job little chef is to make this dish and be your own delectable brainwasher. Somebody has to wash that dry chicken breast recipe out of your loved one heads.

Ingredients 4-Salmon fillets 6 to 8 ounces each with the Skin on but scaled 4 tablespoons olive oil divided ½ teaspoon of finely grated lime zest 2 tablespoons harissa found at most Camel filling stations and Metro Seafood 4 garlic cloves minced fine 1 teaspoon paprika 1 teaspoon cumin Salt and Pepper 2 tablespoons of roughly chopped mint for garnish Lime wedges for serving

How it's done In a shallow bowl or pie plate, combine 3 tablespoons olive oil, lime zest, harissa, garlic, paprika, cumin with a good pinch of salt and pepper.

Add the Salmon fillets to our harissa love blend and turn to coat well; cover with plastic wrap and let marinate on the counter for 30 minutes. and mix well to incorporate. Preheat oven to 450° degrees.

Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon of the olive oil in an ovenproof skillet over medium high heat. Remove the fish from the marinade and season the fillets on both sides with a little more salt and pepper. When the skillet is very hot and the oil is shimmery, place the fillets, flesh side down in the skillet.

Sear for 3 minutes per side then transfer the skillet to the oven and roast for 5 to 6 minutes or until the fish is just opaque when fork tested. To serve, transfer the fish to four mind blown plates and garnish with the fresh mint and lime wedges.

Now if you desire full mind control over your loved ones, make this dish with a simple salad and a side of rice..."Look into my are getting think I'm good are getting hungrier for me..." Please use your new power responsibly.

Whole Pomegranate Snapper over Roasted Potatoes Serves 4 This super easy weeknight meal can easily be transformed by you changing that "well-worn" concert tee shirt of yours for a smart fitted top. And you also might want to pour the wine into glasses...drinking out of the bottle is not as cool as it once was.

Ingredients For the Red Snapper 3 tablespoons of pomegranate molasses: this secret ingredient is found at Metro 4 tablespoons of olive oil 4 cloves of garlic minced 1 teaspoon of Worcester sauce 1 teaspoon of smoked paprika 1 teaspoon of ground turmeric ½ teaspoon of ground ginger 2 tablespoons of fresh chopped flat leaf parsley Salt and pepper 2 Whole Red Snapper-2 pounds each Scaled, Gutted and patted Dry with paper Towels- This task will be lovely performed by any Metro Seafood associate: You can use Branzino or Dorade with great results

For the Potatoes 4 Russet potatoes peeled and sliced ½ inch thick 2 tablespoons of olive oil ½ teaspoon of smoked paprika ½ teaspoon of onion powder ½ teaspoon of garlic powder Salt and Pepper

How it's done In a large enough container to hold the fish combine the first 9 ingredients and mix well until evenly-blended.

Add the fish to the marinade and gently rub the mixture all over the fish and inside the chest cavity; cover with plastic wrap and let rest on the counter for 45 minutes or up to 1 hour.

Preheat the oven to 425° degrees.

Meanwhile, toss the potatoes with the olive oil, all of the seasoning and a good pinch of salt and pepper in a large baking dish.

Place the potatoes in the oven and Bake until potatoes are starting to get golden brown, about 15 to 18 minutes.

Remove the potatoes from the oven and move them around to make room for the fish.

Next, remove the fish from the marinade and place in the pan with the potatoes; pour any remaining marinade over the fish and season with a little more salt and pepper. Place the fish and potatoes back in the oven and roast for 20 to 25 minutes or until the fish is just opaque and pulls from the bone when fork tested.

To serve, bring the baking pan to the table and garnish with lemon wedges. Oh, did that fish juice infuse the potatoes with stone cold gorgeousness? I think I'm going to ruin this tuxedo shirt. Trust me little chef, you can't fork this dish up.


Mark J. Drabich President Metropolitan Seafood & Gourmet P 908-840-4332 F 908-506-0293 1320 Rt. 22 Lebanon NJ 08833