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Best packaged bacon?

Where can I find the best packaged bacon in NY? I really like the Peter Luger's extra thick bacon, but I don't think they sell it frozen. Has anyone tried the Niman Ranch bacon? I like my bacon tasty and I really hate turkey bacons that have no oil whatsover.

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  1. I would recommend exploring the UES... the remaining Hungarian and German butcher shops are very good for Eastern European/German smoked sausages and bacons...
    The Meat Emporium 81st & 2nd
    Schaller & Weber 1654 2nd Ave (http://www.schallerweber.com)

    1. The Peter Luger's bacon is canadian bacon cut in a different way than standard canadian bacon. You'll never find "regular" bacon that compares to it. My suggestion is to go to a German/Eastern European butcher that have a variety of bacon that you can try. You can look at the german butcher in Grand Central Market or the UES or East Village butchers.

      1. Believe it or not, Fresh Direct has really fantastic and fresh bacon.

        1. Have you tried bacon via mail order? There are a number of artisanal bacon producers (notice I didn't say bacon makers, given all the connotations) that ship and provide extraordinary variety for the cost of Niman bacon or Schaller and Weber.

          1. Burger's Smokehouse...I have tried all the mail order bacons and this is best...the thick sliced original hickory smoked country bacon, about $9 per pound, delivered.

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            1. re: steakman55

              That is really good. I know not everybody loves it, but the Nueske's is really nice, too. Pricey, but intense and a little goes a long way.

              Benton's is quite nice as well.

              1. re: BackyardChef

                Benton's is on overload with a 5-6 week waiting period now due to popular demand from an article in Saveru

                1. re: BackyardChef

                  Huh? Who could possibly not like Nueske's bacon? I wish I could afford to EAT it instead of just keeping it in the freezer for seasoning things.

              2. Niman Ranch bacon is in a class by itself. The flavor is so rich you should make only 2 strips instead of 3. I get it at Key on 5th Avenue in Brooklyn.

                Kurowycky makes damn good bacon too, but it's not prepackaged.

                1. Go to the union square farmers market and hit either the flying pigs farm or the Hawthorne valley farms both for fresh bacon. Fresh from the farm...it doesn't get any better than that!

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                  1. re: Legman

                    I often see fresh bacon, in sealed plastic wrapping, for sale at Union square. Would you recommend either flying pigs or hawthorne farms over the other?

                    1. re: Dandel

                      My wife and I love the bacon from hawthorne valley-it's uncured and has absolutley no nitrates added to it. And I think the flying pigs bacon is cured.

                      1. re: Legman

                        Flying Pigs also has uncured somtimes, ask if you don't see it.
                        I like their uncured and Hawthorne equally. At first I thought it didn't taste as good without the nitrates or whatever "cured" is--but now I prefer it au naturel.

                  2. there is a good bit of both fresh and packaged bacon selection at BALDUCCIS.

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                    1. re: mrnyc

                      I love Niman Ranch which should be available at Trader Joe's.

                      1. re: mrnyc

                        the stuff at balduccis is over priced, no?

                        1. re: Dandel

                          Not more overpriced than another local supermarket, Westside Market. And quality is better than at WS.

                          1. re: Lucia

                            I live in Morningside Heights and find that Westside is usually cheaper than Morton Williams and Dagostino for the same items. WS stuff isn't inexpensive but a lot are imported brands.

                            1. re: Owl

                              I like Westside market for their prepared hot foods. My only gripe is that they have everything else except for a well stocked meat department.

                              1. re: Dandel

                                Have you been to the new one that re-opened last week on 110th St and Broadway? The meat and fish selection's much better. We used to always go down to Fairway and Citarella but can now get by on Westside.

                                1. re: Owl

                                  thanks for the tip, but 110th street is too far uptown for me.