581 Livingston Ave., Albany
Hours: Open during the summer from 11 a.m. to
7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and Saturday; 11 a.m. to
8 p.m. Friday
The Cousins Fish Market has been supplying the
Capital Region with excellent fish at reasonable prices
for more than 20 years. So it makes sense that we were
in for something special when they ventured into the
fish-fry business three years ago.
The basic fish fry at The Cousins is a long, thick
cut of bluefish that tastes tender, juicy and fresh. The
coating is crisp, but doesn't overwhelm the fish. A
fish-fry dinner with fries and cole slaw is $4.95. Daily
specials often bring the price down to $2.95.
For the best fish-fry dish, try the haddock ($3.45).
The generous portion, fried with the skin on, is full of
flavor without being the least bit fishy.
If you're feeling experimental, the Cousins will fry
any fish in the store for a $2 charge. Other seasonal
specialties are worth trying. In season, don't miss the
fried soft-shell crab with french fries and cole slaw
The cocktail and tartar sauces are homemade and
delicious, as are the other deli dishes such as ribs and
The Cousins is take-out only, although there are a
couple of picnic benches in front for warmer weather.