For those featuring
seafood prominently on their holiday menus, it would seem Quarterdeck
Gourmet Seafood Market is heaven sent.

Carroll Gardens residents Lawrence Tramontano and his wife and
business partner, Elizabeth, retail food veterans with 20 years
of experience, opened their market on Bay Ridge’s Third Avenue
in June.

"I noticed that there were only a few fish markets in the
neighborhood," said Lawrence, "and none of them carried
the selection of fish, soups and prepared seafood that I wanted
to offer."

Since opening, he has risen in the early morning hours to haggle
with fishmongers at the Fulton Fish Market in Manhattan, and
his catch is housed in the 1,100-square-foot Quarterdeck, described
by Tramontano as "sort of New England looking" with
its wood-paneled walls and wooden rafters.

Shoppers are reeled in with the promise of 35 varieties of impeccably
fresh fish – everything from wild Alaskan salmon, red snapper
and Chilean sea bass – pounds of sparkling little neck clams,
lobsters, Prince Edward Island mussels, thick lobster bisques,
Cajun seafood gumbos and New England or Manhattan clam chowders.

Quarterdeck Gourmet Seafood Market (8618 Third Ave. at 86th Street)
accepts Visa and MasterCard. The store is open Monday through
Friday, 9 am to 7 pm, and Saturday, from 9 am to 6 pm. For further
information, call (718) 836-0880 or visit their Web site at www.quarterdeckseafood.com.

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