SILVER LININGS AND THE NEW WEIRD NORMAL

March 19, 2020

Good morning to all of our beloved friends and clients and although we are in deeply troubling times, I have to admit that I have seen some truly inspirational Silver Linings in the past couple of days.

 

Now I know that all of us have our "crazy" story but I would like to share with you something a bit more positive. For one, to all of our friends and clients who have come into the store, I cannot thank you enough for your warm and loving wishes of encouragement. This means the world to us as we continue to provide a safe environment for you all. Heck, I was even given a bottle of homemade whiskey yesterday as a gift for making a delivery. All kidding aside, I was never a "workday" drinker but as soon as this gentlemen handed it to me, I could do only one thing, pour out some of the liquor on my hands to sterilize and then tip the bottle back to take a thankful swig in a show of pure gratitude for the health of my family, friends and clients. Thank you (name withheld) that is some seriously good whiskey. Also I would be remiss if I did not share with you the overwhelming kindness of the folks that I have come in contact with...never have I experienced such loving smiles and sense of togetherness as we navigate this new (weird as hell) normal. 


The other Silver Lining I would like to share is that the hard working folks who hunt down the gorgeous seafood we procure have lowered prices on an average of 20% which we of course, are delighted to pass along to you. For those new to cooking fish at home, please do not hesitate to ask for a quick and easy recipe...it is not only a pleasure but an honor to help you nourish your friends and family. 


I have created a couple of recipes that I truly hope you will enjoy including Roasted Cod Over Garlic Potatoes and Asparagus & Roasted Branzino with Zucchini and Tomatoes. Should any one like to get immediate information regarding Metro, please like us on Facebook or Follow us on Instagram. On behalf of the entire staff at Metro please know that taking care of you is our mission and we could never thank you all enough for taking care of us for the last 31 years.


In case some of you did not see our post this past Tuesday our new services are as follows.
1 To all of our elderly clientele and those with immune deficiency issues who wish to enjoy fresh seafood, please know, that we will immediately be offering free home delivery (this will only apply to fresh fish and grocery items, sorry this does not apply to take-out).  To participate in this just please call your order in with your credit card information and we will take care of the rest.


2 For those of you who would like, we will now be offering curbside delivery.  Again, please call in with your credit card information and when you pull up to the store just call and let us know that you are here and we will bring your fresh fish directly to your car.


3 We know that along with the obvious health issues some of you might be finding yourself in severe financial crisis during this time.  Please do not hesitate to call the store or direct message us on Facebook or Instagram so we may provide a hot meal, free of charge, to those in need.  This will be practiced with the utmost discretion maintaining complete privacy to all of those involved.  You have plenty to worry about but we will have no one in our community go hungry tonight.  
  

FOODIE ALERT!
WE ARE TAKING THE SHOW ON THE ROAD!
Save the Date April 7th 2020
LIVE COOKING DEMO AND WINE TASTING! 


Join us for a special Grand Samplings Event at Grape Finale Hands-On Winery in Flemington, NJ. Cooking demonstration by 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. $70 per person. Seating is limited so purchase your tickets today at Eventbrite.  Ticket Sales end April 3rd 2020 at 11:30 PM or when sold out, whichever comes first. 


CLICK HERE TO SEE MENU AND PURCHASE TICKETS


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 to pick-up at the Market


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 3-8PM...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 9:00 
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!


TODAY'S GREAT TAKE-OUT SPECIALS (908) 840-4332 


Crispy Rock Shrimp Sandwich with Buttermilk Slaw and Herbed Mayo
Panko Crusted Fresh Rock Shrimp with House Slaw, Pickle and Herbed Mayo on a Toasted Ciabatta Bun
With a Choice of Soup*
$11


A Mediterranean Ahi Tuna Burger "Health Wrap"
Grilled Lemon Garlic Ahi Tuna Burger with Mixed Field Greens, Roasted Veggies and a Basil Aioli
Wrapped in Lebanese Flat Bread
With a Choice of Soup*
$12


Metro's Famous FISH-N-CHIPS 
(Lunch Portion)
Hand Battered Fillet with French Fries, Cole Slaw, Tartar Sauce and Malt Vinegar
With a Choice of Soft Drink**
$9


Metro's Catfish "PO-BOY"
You Have to Try This One!
Cornmeal Crusted Catfish with Lettuce, Tomato, Sliced Pickle, and Remoulade Sauce on a Fresh Soft Roll
With a Choice of Soup*
$10


Metro's Lightning BOLT Roll
(Bacon, Oyster, Lettuce, Tomato)
A Panko Crusted Oyster with Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato and Lemon Aioli on a Fresh Baked Soft Roll
With a Choice of Soup*
$10


Metro's "Holy Guacamole" Organic Salmon Pita Wrap
Grilled Lime Garlic Scottish Organic Salmon with Shredded Lettuce, Guacamole and Baja Sauce on a Locally Baked Pita
With a Choice of Soup*
$11


Grilled Mahi "GYRO" 
(Get you Lebanese on in Lebanon NJ)
Grilled Middle Eastern Spiced Wild Mahi with Lettuce, Tomatoes, Onions and Tzatziki Sauce on a Locally Baked Pita
With a Choice of Soft Drink**
$12


Grilled Pesto Black Cod (Sablefish) Over a Mixed Field Green Salad 
(Choice of Dressing)
With a Choice of Soft Drink**
$12


Grilled Lime Garlic Arctic Char over Saffron Rice and Black Beans
With the Choice of Soup*
$10


Grilled Tuscan Spiced Branzino Fillet over Our Classic Caesar Salad
With a Choice of Soft Drink**
$12 


The Old Bay Crab Cake Roll-Damn...That's Good Seasoning!
A Golden Lump Crab Cake with Mixed Field Greens, Tomato and Pickles with an Old Bay Tartar Sauce On a Soft Roll
With a Choice of Soup*  
$10


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


Metro's Famous Fish Tacos (2)  BOOM!
Panko Crusted Fillet with Shredded Cabbage, Pico Di Gallo and Baja Sauce on a Grilled Flour Tortilla (2)
With Our House Pickled Jalapeños and Red Onion on the Side
With a Choice of Soft Drink**
$9


Metro's Classic Lobster Roll 
"Life is Sweet"
Traditional Lobster Salad served on a Toasted Soft Roll with Baby Field greens
With a Choice of Soup*
$20


(For those Folks who love fish eaters but not fish)
The Chicken "Caesar Wrap"
Panko Crusted Chicken Breast with our House Caesar Salad Wrapped in Lebanese Flat Bread
With a Choice of Soup*
$8


CHECK OUT OUR NEW MEAT OPTIONS


**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


Meats by Metro
The House Burger $12.00
Locally Sourced grass-fed beef
Served with Lettuce, Tomato, Red Onion and side Pickle
Add American or Cheddar Cheese


Did Someone Say Wings? Yep!
Wings $6.00 for 6 / $12.00 for 12
Traditional Buffalo Served with Blue Cheese
or
Dry Rub "Old Bay" Wings served with Ranch Dressing
Handmade Flatbreads...Oh my Cod!
Mushroom & Fontina   $8.00
Walnut, Gorgonzola, Balsamic Glaze $8.00
Bacon & Cheddar  $8.00

 
Today's Fresh Fish Selections

 

From the North:  
Nantucket Bay Scallops
Uni (Maine)
John Dory (Long Island)
Swordfish 
Pollack (Blue Cod)
Real Grey Sole (New Bedford Mass)
Jonah Crab Meat
Jonah Crab Claws 
Sea Bass
Hake 
Fluke (Sushi Grade)
Day Boat Sea Scallops "Dry" 
Maine Steamers  
Nova Scotia Halibut
Monkfish
Cod 
Skate
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:                  
Madia (Sea Bream) SAY SASHIMI!
Mahi 
Red Grouper 
Hiramasa (Yellow Tail) Say Sashimi!
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
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:
Shad and Shad Roe FIRST OF THE SEASON!
FRESH BOILED CRAWFISH (call to order)
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 
Certified Organic King Salmon 
Arctic Char (Iceland)
Catfish  
Organic Scottish Salmon
Prince Edward Island Mussels
Local Musky Hatchery Rainbow Trout
Large Maine Mussels


From the Pacific Northwest:  
Black Cod (Sablefish)
Wild Alaskan Troll Caught King Salmon 
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:


East Coast:
Blue Points (NY)
Chatahams (Mass)
Damsels in Distress (ME)
Gowanbrae (PEI)
Ichabod Flat (Mass)
Island Creek (Mass)
Lucky Limes (NB Can)
Moondancer (ME)
Mystic (Conn)
Pemaquid (ME)
Swan Point (NJ)
Sweet Neck (Mass)
Village Bay (NB Can)
Wellfleet (Mass)
Wildling Bastard (NJ)
Blackberry (Va)


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

 

METRO LETS YOU GET YOUR OYSTER ON! IN A VERY SUSTAINABLE WAY...

 

I DARE YOU TO FIND A NICER OYSTER SELECTION!

 

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

 
TODAY'S FEATURED RECIPES 

Roasted Cod Over Garlic Potatoes and Asparagus Serves 4
You know those fantastically warm socks you own that you can only break out on cold days and give your body that cozy, I'm loved by the world feeling? Well take that feeling and slip your taste buds into it and you have a sense of what this dish will be like...No, not like sweaty socks...the warm and cozy part.


Ingredients 
4 Cod Fillet at least 1 inch thick; you could also use Hake or Pollack with great success
1½ pounds of fingerling potatoes cut in half lengthwise.
2 large bunches asparagus, woody ends cut off
4 whole cloves of garlic and 1 clove of garlic minced fine
2 tablespoons of olive oil
1 teaspoon of finely grated lemon zest
The juice of 1 lemon and thanks to Metro's free lemon program you're up to your cockles in lemons.
4 Rosemary sprigs
Salt and Pepper


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


Place the Cod fillets in a shallow bowl or pie plate and rub with the minced garlic half the lemon zest and 2 teaspoons of olive oil.

 

Cover with plastic wrap and set aside at room temperature.


Put the potatoes, asparagus, whole garlic cloves, lemon zest, olive oil in a ceramic roasting dish and season generously with salt and pepper.

 

Pour in the lemon juice, toss well and place in the oven covered with foil for 15 minutes.

 

Remove the foil and place the Rosemary springs on the potatoes and roast for another 20 minutes.

 

Open the oven and place the cod fillets on the potatoes and season with salt and pepper.

 

Roast the fish in the oven for 15 to 18 minutes or until the fish is just opaque when fork tested.


To serve, bring the dish to the table with a simple green salad and should you want to break it to your family about your sock fetish, I hope this recipe is just the ice breaker you needed. The conversation could go something like this "Thank you, I also think this tastes great, I got the recipe from that crazy fishmonger at Metro and he said it was like cozy socks...." And then you let them in on your secret drawer. Happy to help you come out of the shadow you little freak.


Roasted Branzino with Zucchini and Tomatoes Serves 4
If the thought of dinner turning into a carnal culinary pleasure palace puts a frown on your face then you might need a doctor to remove that stick up your...you get the idea. Eating roasted fish off the bone is not a choice, it is a privilege given to us my Mother Earth herself...thanks Mom.


Ingredients
2 Whole large (1½ pounds each) or 4 small (1 pound each) Branzini scaled and gutted with the head on. Leave the head and keep eye contact with your fish to insure a sensual dining experience...Sorry; I got my recipes mixed up.
6 tablespoons of olive oil divided
4 to 6 sprigs of fresh Rosemary
1 lemon, cut into thin rounds
2 teaspoons of fennel seeds
¼ cup of dry white wine
2 large Zucchini sliced on a diagonal about a ½ inch thick
2 cloves of garlic thinly sliced
1 good pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon of fresh chopped Oregano
2 large or 4 small Tomatoes seeded and coarsely chopped


How it's done
Preheat your oven to 425°


Brush the bottom a roasting pan with a little olive oil. Season the Branzini inside and out generously with salt and pepper and place in the pan.

 

Divide the Rosemary sprigs in two and tuck a couple into the chest cavity of the fish and scatter the rest around the fish. Sprinkle the fish with the fennel seeds and place the lemon slices on the fish.

 

Drizzle the fish generously with olive oil and pour the white wine in the bottom of the pan. (Note: make sure the fish is at room temperature before roasting)


Next place the Zucchini in a bowl with the garlic, crushed red pepper, oregano and salt and pepper; pour in some olive oil and toss to coat.

 

Turn the Zucchini out into a baking pan.


Place the fish pan and Zucchini pan in the oven


For the Branzini, roast for 25 minutes or until the fish pulls from the bone and is opaque when fork tested.


For the Zucchini, roast for 15 minutes add the tomatoes and cook for another 10 to 12 minutes.


To serve, transfer the fish to a large serving platter and garnish with your free Lemon wedges.


Turn out the Zucchini onto another serving platter and get ready for a perfect marriage of delicious Gratitude and salacious flavors...did someone say Yum! Who said that...oh yeah, I did.


EAT FISH LOVE LONGER!
 

Mark J. Drabich
President

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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