(This is the last stop on my CNY fish fry tour, looking for an excellent fish dinner during Lent. During the 40 days and 40 nights, I visited 14 places that serve fried fish as the New Central Yorkers like but might not know. These were places other than the heavyweights that everyone knows as Doug’s, Fish Cove, Atlantic seafood and Jim’s Fish Fry. Most of the judgments I have made have been chosen by syracuse.com and Post-Standard readers. While this research is complete, send me other hidden gems that I should check out for future stories. You can send me an email at [email protected] or text at 315-382-1984.)
Syracuse, N.Y. – There always seemed to be a piece of fish at the end of the night. At 7:00 p.m. Over the past six Fridays, Ihor Godzak and his kitchen team have prepared 70 haddock dinners and 30 sandwiches for the fish fry at Syracuse Ukrainian Home.
Still, there would only be a 12-ounce filet left.
“We have never sold, but we have been so close every week,” said Nykola Lucak, president of the Ukrainian House located on the outskirts of the city’s Tipperary Hill district.
That could very well change tonight. It’s Good Friday, the last fried fish of the season. And this is the last stop on my fish fry tour. Judy Gotham, a syracuse.com reader for Ukrainian dissent, recommended the food here. This is only the second year that the Ukrainian Home has organized this fundraiser, but Judy swears.
After having a few dinners here last Friday, I can see why.
Fresh haddock fillets arrived every Thursday from Boston via Mineo’s, a local wholesaler. From 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday during Lent, Nykola took orders by phone (315-478-9272) and ran them around the kitchen. This is where Ihor and his volunteers get to work.
“Ihor is at home in this kitchen,” said Nykola when entering to place an order. “He grew up in this building. It’s the whole family here, so he’s at home and he’s happy. “
Everything in this kitchen is made to order. Haddock is not breaded until the order is placed. Ihor makes his own dough and breading, a mixture of spices mixed with breadcrumbs. He cooks it in vegetable oil for a few minutes, an oil which he replaces every two weeks.
“You must have fresh oil,” said Nykola. “Everything here is fresh and you can taste the difference. Just wait to taste the tartar sauce. Fresh lemon juice, lemon zest, fresh dill. So good.”
A fish dinner is $ 12. You get a 10 to 12 ounce haddock fillet, coleslaw, tartar sauce, a roll and your choice of fries, potato salad or onion rings. Coleslaw, potato salad and tartar sauce are made on Friday morning.
It’s a lot of food. If you have a modest appetite, consider ordering the fish sandwich ($ 8). It’s a 6 to 8 ounce piece of fried haddock on a roll with your choice of fries, potato salad or onion rings. And yes, the tartar sauce is exceptional.
Ihor will grill your haddock if you are a little more health conscious. I tried both, and they were just as good. I always go with fried fish if allowed, but the grilled haddock was buttered and didn’t sound healthy at all. Maybe that’s why I liked it so much.
Or maybe it was the dozen onion rings on the side.
I couldn’t let a bowl of the soup of the day pass. Last Friday, they served a spinach cream with gnocchi. The large container ($ 5) is enough for two or three people to share. A small bowl costs $ 3. Today, they serve New England clam chowder with freshly chopped clams.
I suggest you order early. They’ve ordered extra fish for Good Friday, and they’re going to sell.
The place: Ukrainian National House of Syracuse, 1317 W. Fayette St., Syracuse, (315) 478-9272
Hours: Friday 4:30 to 7:00 p.m.
Credit card? Yes
Access for the disabled? Yes
Places inside: Normally, they have dozens of tables and chairs, but this was suspended during the social distancing requirements.
Car park: In the street
CNY Fish Fry Tour
Stop 1: CJ’s Seafoods has remained the same since 1963
Stop 2: Cortland Seafood will sell raw fish to you – then cook it
Stop 3: Smitty’s takes a new approach to fishing in an Auburn Strip shopping center
Stop 4: Could the Haddock Village Burger be the best I’ve had so far?
Stop 5: I went to get fish at the Valley American Legion and found a block party
Stop 6: The queue at Sal’s Seafood was long, but worth the short wait
Stop 7: I caught fresh giant nets from Boston pier in Green Hills
Stop 8: I came across a giant silky haddock at Manlius Fish Fry while buying a hand sanitizer
Stop 9: Sandy & Sons just might be the best bowling food EVER
Stop 10: If there is something like high-end haddock, I found it at The Fish Friar
Stop 11: I found a fish gyroscope at Kiki’s which will make you think that you are at the State Fair during Lent
Stop 12: Yes, the fish is great, but what the neighbors are doing to help this bar is comforting
Stop 13: I finally found “The place where other fish fryers go for big fish”
Charlie miller find the best in food, drink and fun in central New York. Contact him at (315) 382-1984, or by email at [email protected].