Off the Hook of Haverstraw located in West Haverstraw NY was formed in 2006. We serve the fried fish of the American South We provide an assortment of homemade sides that include candied yams, cole slaw, collard greens, macaroni and cheese and black eyed peas. Our signature fish batter is unique, light and flavorful. We place our batter against any batter in the industry. If you’re fry-phobic, we have steamed or grilled options, and if you’re not a fish fan, chicken strips, chicken wings or Jerk Chicken are available, too, but the raison d’etre of our establishment is very fresh fish dredged in seasoned flour then carefully fried to order and served with fries. The fish – choices include whiting, tilapia, red snapper, shrimp and catfish – ends up moist and delicately textured. And you’re eating all fish – not half fish, half crispy batter.
Our owners – Richard Clarke, Jeff Eason, Tony Dandridge and Avian Dandridge – mainly hail from the Bronx, Harlem and Mount Vernon, but some of us have Southern roots. Clarke and Dandridge, both retired New York City detectives, scoped out the many fish and chip shops in Harlem, taking a close look at what they considered the better examples, and used them as a template for their West Haverstraw shop.
One of our secret weapons: Our whiting fish is fresh, never frozen. In fact, if you order porgie, it may have been caught by one of our owners. If you come visit us, be prepared to taste the best Fried Fish in Rockland County. Please bring a hearty appetite and/or some friends and family, because our portions are shockingly generous. When our menu says that an order of the original fish and chips contains four pieces of fish, it means you’ll find four sizable fillets atop your fries. To be more precise, our fish completely fills the container that at first you may think that we have forgotten the fries, but no, they are there, playing a supporting role, hidden beneath all our fish. Our desserts are homemade prepared by Tony’s wife Yolanda who prepares a Lemon Pound Cake from “scratch” that is over the top….
Please bring your patience because, except for the side dishes, which require lots of simmering to get that home-cooked flavor, everything is made to order. That means your fish will always be served hot and fresh, but if things get busy, you may have to cool your heels while you wait your turn. Fortunately, you can cool your throat at the same time with a glass of Off the Hook’s intensely sweet-tart lemonade or Kool Aid.
What you don’t need to bring, though, is a fat wallet. The priciest item on our menu is a combo of six pieces of fish and 10 shrimp for $26. At the low end, you can get a basket of wings for $9.25, a whiting sandwich for $7, or a huge chunk of the eggy baked macaroni and cheese for $4.75. In addition, please take notice to our weekly specials, crabs, red rice, okra etc…