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where to buy goat meat in Brooklyn

jerryj Jul 9, 2007 07:30 PM

I live in South Slope, so preferably someplace near there or accessible by bus or subway - thanks

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    zacfi RE: jerryj Jul 9, 2007 07:33 PM

    I don't know of a specific place, but I know I've seen it in Flatbush.

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      bobjbkln RE: zacfi Jul 9, 2007 07:46 PM

      There are at least a half dozen halal butchers selling goat on the south side of Atlantic Ave. on the stretch between 4th Ave. down to Clinton St.

    2. jen kalb RE: jerryj Jul 10, 2007 03:51 AM

      Its likely that the Compare supermarket on 5th Ave at around 6th street, which caters to hispanics, carries goat I've seen it there in the past)- the Vanderbilt Ave Met does, but thats a ways away from you.

      1. MMRuth RE: jerryj Jul 10, 2007 04:00 AM

        I'm afraid I don't know where South Slope is, but I saw goat meat in a market in Sunset Park, across the street from the Ba Xuyen at 4222 8th Avenue - the exact address is in this post:


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          jmj RE: jerryj Jul 10, 2007 07:34 AM

          According to the NYT, you can get halal cabrito at Fertile Crescent, 570 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, (718) 797-3066. FWIW, having read the article and wanting to barbecure my own cabrito, I noticed a leg of "goat" at Western Beef @ Franklin/Empire. I figured I'd give it a shot since I know folks eat goat in the Islands. But when I removed the Western Beef wrapping, I found the original Australian packaging, where it was clearly labelled "mutton." Smoked it anyway, and it was the hit of the 4th of July party. But I'll be trying Fertile Crescent next time.

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            bobjbkln RE: jmj Jul 10, 2007 12:26 PM

            I believe that in some places goat can be called mutton. Maybe that is true in Australia.

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              MMRuth RE: bobjbkln Jul 10, 2007 12:27 PM

              Actually, isn't mutton sheep meat?

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                bobjbkln RE: MMRuth Jul 10, 2007 12:36 PM

                As I said, in some places (especially part of Asia), mutton can also refer to goat meat. For example, in India, mutton byriani is made with goat meat. See the second item under Cuisine at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mutton

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                  MMRuth RE: bobjbkln Jul 10, 2007 12:39 PM

                  Thanks for the clarification.

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                    jmj RE: MMRuth Jul 11, 2007 08:07 AM

                    I had that thought myself, but when I went to the website of the Australian purveyor(which, of course, I now can't remember), it was clearly sheep and only sheep that they sold. Pictures of sheep. Nary a mention of goat. Now, the funny thing is that most of the articles I'd read about cabrito warned about avoiding older animals, as they would have a pronounced mutton flavor which people found unattractive. So my heart sank, but having bought the leg, decided to barbecue (slow smoke) it anyway. And it was indeed muttony, but also very very good. Even better left over.

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                  1030Bourbon RE: MMRuth Aug 16, 2007 03:09 PM

                  In the US, mutton is adult, eg older, meat from sheep. notably stronger and usually described as an acquired taste. it is nearly impossible to find in a typical market as most US buyers prefer the milder taste of lamb.

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              gpcohen RE: jerryj Jul 10, 2007 09:32 AM

              Others may snort, but for goat we like Western Beef, 44 Empire Blvd. at Washington (Prospect Park on the Q train). High turnover, relatively meaty packages. Cheap.

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                JFores RE: jerryj Aug 16, 2007 06:13 PM

                Church Ave and the Sunset area both have Halal butchers which carry goat. I would also take a guess and say that Bed Stuy, Flatbush, Crown Heights and Prospect Heights have at least a few goat suppliers between them in order to cater to the Caribs. Try asking the owner of your local Jamaican restaurant? Ask the lady at The Islands. As far as ones that I know DEFINITELY have it, there's a halal butcher on Hillside in Queens and a Greek butcher on Steinway which carries whole baby goats.

                As noted in the post above, Prospect Heights/Crown Heights.

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