Fulton Fish Market Chowder (Manhattan Chowder)

“Up until the 1930's the original recipe included many types of fish (being sold from the market). Since then, it has been reduced to only include clams, becoming known as "Manhattan Clam Chowder". The Fulton Fish Market was originally a wing of the Fulton Market, which sold a variety of foodstuffs and produce. Established in 1822, it was the destination of fishing boats from across the Atlantic Ocean. The wholesalers at the Market then sold it to restaurateurs and retailers who purchased fresh fish of every imaginable variety. It was possible for fish to be rushed from fishing ports in New England to wholesale buyers at the Fulton Fish Market, who might then resell it to retail markets and restaurants in the very same towns where the catch originated. By the 1950s, most of the Market's fish were trucked in rather than offloaded from the docks. The FFM survived major fires in 1835, 1845, 1918, and 1995. ---- In November 2005, the Fish Market relocated from its historic location near the Brooklyn Bridge along the East River waterfront at and above Fulton Street in Lower Manhattan, NYC to a new facility in Hunts Point NY. ----During much of its 183-year tenure at the original site, the FFM was the most important wholesale East Coast fish market in the USA. The move from the historic Manhattan site was due to a number of factors: cramped location, lack of modern amenities, such as climate control, increasing real estate value of Manhattan site for retail and residential use, and re-development pressure due to desirable proximity to the South Street Seaport and the Fulton/East River area.”
1hr 30mins

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a large dutch oven, cook bacon until crisp and fat is rendered. Pour off all but 2 tablespoons of the bacon fat. Add the butter, onions, leeks, and celery, and sauté until translucent, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add the garlic, tomatoes, saffron, and seasonings. Stir for about 2 minutes, then add the white wine and cook for 5 minutes, or until almost all the liquid has evaporated. Add fish stock and bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook for 45 minutes.
  3. Preheat oven to 300°F At the end of 45 minutes, add the potatoes. Simmer for 10 minutes.
  4. Add the lobster. Return to a boil and cook at a strong simmer for 5 minutes.
  5. Add the fish chunks, shrimp, and clams. Cook until the fish is just cooked, but not yet flaking apart and the clams open. Meanwhile, Make the Peppery toast by brushing one side of each French bread slice with olive oil, sprinkle with cracked pepper, and toast in the oven until crisp (about 12 minutes).
  6. Remove the bay leaves, taste for seasoning, and serve immediately with the Peppery toast for dunking into soup.

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