Friday During Lent? It’s Time For Cheap Fried Fish Sandwiches!

Kim's Aunt Cart

Today is the first Friday of Lent, which for many practicing Catholics means no meats. Now there’s plenty of other great midtown meatless options, but for me there’s something about Lent that goes hand and hand with cheap fried fish sandwiches.

Fried Fish Sandwich Refuse

Last year Blondie humored me on my midtown fried fish sandwich battle royale where in one lunch hour we pitted the Filet-O-Fish from Mickey Ds vs. the BK Big Fish, vs. the Premium Fish Fillet from Wendy’s and the fried whiting sandwich on white bread from the Kim’s Aunt Kitchen Cart.

Even the most hardcore street food fans have to admit that fish from a cart is kind of sketchy. And “Thou Shall Not Eat Fish from a Cart” is one of those street eating commandments that I had unfailingly observed until last year. But Kim’s has so regularly received the nod from Zach and fellow midtown lunchers that I had to put aside my squeamishness and give it a try.

Inside Kim's Aunt Fried Fish Sandwich

Not surprisingly the fried whiting sandwich from Kim’s Aunt easily bested all of the chains in terms of size, value, and taste. When it comes down to it, a well made and fresh fried fish sandwich is a million times better than a previously frozen one from a fast food chain.

Fried Whiting Sandwich from Kim's Aunt

For that taste test we got the sandwich on white bread, but I’ve since discovered that this big sloppy sandwich is best enjoyed on a hero (loaded up with tarter sauce and hot sauce, of course.) At $3.50 it’s the same price, amazingly enough, but you don’t have to worry about your bread disintegrating on you.

Normal eaters may have a hard time polishing off this sandwich in one sitting–I clocked the white bread version in at close to 11 ounces last year (for all the mathologists out there that’s a bit more than the weight of 2 Filet-O-Fish sandwiches.) McDonalds typically runs Filet-O-Fish promos during Lent, but I last year I found their 2 for $3 deal to be more like 2 for $4 in midtown. If you love fresh fried fish sandwiches and you have a hearty appetite to boot, Kim’s fried whiting does not disappoint.


  • I love freshly fried sandwiches.
  • I want a delicious and filling lunch for under $5.
  • I support cart food of all kinds.


  • Eating fish from a cart scares me.
  • What’s a fried fish sandwich without the odd chemical aftertaste?
  • Give me back that Filet-O-Fish, give me that fish…

Kim’s Aunt Kitchen Cart, 46th street (btw. 5th + 6th),


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