10. The best time to visit is in the wee hours of the morning

Warehouse interior at Fulton Fish Market

If you want to get the best selection of fish, you need to get up early. The market is only open from 2am until 7am, Monday through Friday. It is closed on the weekends. Usually, the first customers to arrive are buying fresh seafood for New York City’s restaurants. It’s suggested to arrive by 5am for the best selection!

The market is refrigerated and kept at 38-40°F so be sure to bundle up. It’s also advised to wear boots. There is a small entrance fee.

Fulton Fish Market Virtual Talk

Book cover of The Fulton Fish Market: A History by Jonathan Rees which features a painting of the historic fish market

On January 5th, join Untapped New York Insiders and the author of The Fulton Fish Market: A History, Jonathan Rees, for a virtual talk on the history of the Fulton Fish Market! This event is free for Untapped New York Insiders. If you’re not an Insider yet, become a member today (and use the code JOINUS to get one month free).

Next, check out A Look Inside the Fulton Fish Market, NYC’s Bustling Seafood Distribution Center