i don't know where to go in manhattan, but if you're ever in maple city, michigan (near traverse city) go to gabe's supermarket. they make their own and it's dreamy. they were once approached by eagle brand snacks to help them create their own jerky line, but the venture never gelled. suffice to say that eagle brand snacks went out of business and gabe's is still a force to be reckoned with in northern michigan.
Check out Gary Cheong recommendation. I'm a big fan of
jerky too and this place in chinatown is great. Search
for his post, if you can't find it the place is:
New Foo Kee 95-A Elizabeth St. (bet. Hester & Grand)
The only problem I have is trying not to finish it
before I get home. Be aware this is not dried out
jerky and it can become a very expensive addiction!
I tried the jerky place on Elizabeth and you're right--it is utterly addictive and delicious. I was also clued in about another place in Chinatown making the same style of jerky. It is located at 68 East Broadway. I think the jerky there is even better although very similar and harder to get to. Thank you so much for the advice.