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Where’s the Elk in NYC?

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A friend of mine in LA keeps raving about the amazing elk sirloin he’s had out there. I’d really like to try some here in NYC but I have no idea where to begin looking.

Anybody out there into elk meat? Where can one get a good elk steak in New York?

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  1. They have it on occasion at Henry's End in Brooklyn Heights.

    I had it once and it was tasty, but a bit gamey. Certainly more so than Bison or Venison.

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    1. re: elecsheep9

      Henry's End -- which is a terrific place -- has a wild game festival every year from Oct to Feb:


    2. Thanks, elecsheep.

      And that's it? In this city of 10,000 restaurants there's got to be more than one place to find elk meat?

      Where is everybody? C'mon people! Show me some love...i'm dying over here...

      1. Wild game isn't huge here in NYC. You may find venison and buffalo and the such, but elk, bear, etc. are generally found in very few places. Henry's End is one of the big game places, as is Marco Polo Ristorante in Carroll Gardens - they have Wild Game dinners every once in a while. I think it had been a special at the Lonesome Dove, but that's since gone out of business.

        I think the reason people are staying quiet is because it's not easy to find here and something that is not in high demand.

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        1. re: lambretta76

          Bear? Have you ever seen that on a menu? Interesting....
          As far as wild game not being huge in NYC, what do you call the craze for "wild boar" that seems to be going on? Everytime I look it's "Pappardelle in a Wild Boar Ragu" or "Wild Boar Confit" or "Home-cured Wild Boar Sausage." Maybe it's just normal pork and they're lying to us?
          anyway...thanks for the heads up. I'm putting Henry's End on my short list.

          1. re: Gnu23

            Not only have I seen bear on a menu but I've eaten bear off that same menu. It was at a restaurant in Tallinn, Estonia called Alte Hansa (Old House), a medieval themed restaurant in an authentic medieval house. The bear dish was the piece de la resistance on the "hunter's banquet" menu. As it goes I didn't particularly care for it - it was very tough meat and had an excessively gamey flavour perhaps not surprisingly.

            1. re: Gnu23

              I don't think most of the wild boar served is actually from wild animals that are hunted; it's a different kind of pig that is farm-raised, but is called "wild boar" since it's a different species from a domestic pig.

          2. You can get Elk sausage at Aspen

            1. I know it's out of season but when it's warm and lovely you can find Elk burgers at Water Taxi Beach.

              1. You can get Elk, Bison, Ostrich, and lamb (I include lamb because it's not one I have ever seen) burgers (all organic too) at Bare Burger in Astoria. It's on the corner of 34th and...30th Av I think? They also have great milk shakes and good beers.

                535 LaGuardia Pl, New York, NY 10012

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                1. re: thatgirlmarie

                  There's a Bare Burger location in Manhattan too - downtown somewhere. I've been meaning to go there (have a Groupon) but haven't made it yet.

                  1. re: uwsister

                    Bareburger is now on LaGaurdia Place (between Houston and W 3rd) - SO tried the elk burger last weekend and highly approved.

                2. Aquavit has an Elk Bourguignon on the a la carte menu in the bistro / casual room. There might be another elk preparation on the main dining room menu as well.

                  Employees Only had an elk loin recently, don't know if it's still on the menu. And Tocqueville does a prix fixe "Hunter's Meal" (or something like that) with four courses of game - elk carpaccio one of them. Unfortunately it's not available a la carte, but the rest of the meal looked pretty good - might even go back for it before it disappears, myself.

                  All that said, Henry's End is awesome and worth a trip to Brooklyn Heights. Their elk chops are done very simply - just letting a great piece of meat shine on its own. Not sure if they're still available, though - sometimes the game menu extends into March. Give them a call, get in on some before they disappear until fall.

                  Employees Only
                  510 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014

                  1. I've seen game, including elk, on the menu at Philip Marie (Hudson St. at 11th St., IIRC), though I haven't been for a few years.

                    Philip Marie
                    569 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014

                    1. Tocqueville currently has elk carpaccio on its game menu, and I consider that restaurant one of the unsung gems of the city. Up there with Eleven Madison Park, IMHO

                      Eleven Madison Park
                      11 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10010

                      1 East 15th Street, New York, NY 10003

                      1. If you're looking to cook your own, Jeffrey's Meats at the Essex Street Market has a wide selection of game and exotic meats and if they doesn't have it in stock, they can special order for you.

                        Jeffrey's Meat Market
                        120 Essex St, New York, NY 10002

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                        1. re: Chanteuse_ar

                          There is a meat market on 9th Ave near the bus station (around 39th St?) that sells game. I don't remember if they have elk, but we've gotten kangaroo from them.