Butcher in Central NJ??
I am looking for a really good butcher in central nj...but haven't really found anything good...I'm in the New Brunswick/Edison/Metuchen area alot and work in the Clark/Westfield area...any suggestions?
Barth's Market in New Providence. About 20 minutes from North Edison and 15 minutes from Westfield via Terril Rd and Diamond Hill Rd.
if you are looking for Pork Products and Poultry, consider shopping at an ethnic market. I believe Old Bridge has some very good Polish Delis/Butchers and Edison has a Chinese/Asian Food Market that is popular within the Asian Communities.
Ethnic Shoppers are much more critical of quality of their meats, and these particular stores cater to the specific needs of their communities. To boot, you will find the quality and prices much more attractive than supermarkets and traditional butchers who charge considerably more money for the same quality or less in many cases.
With regards to an Asian market, you will also find a very good fish monger in the store as well, You need no fear of failure to communicate,,,,,,,simply point to the items you request. If you do need to ask questions, there is always someone who speaks English who can accommodate you.
I am sorry, but I cannot provide you with any names of any particular locations as I do not reside or work in the area.
In Scotch Plains, right across from the Town Hall and The Stage House restaurant there is a good shop - John's Meat Market.
Barth's in New Providence is a great place...and worth the relatively short drive. A survivor in the field of classic local butcher shops. They are a dying breed.
There are still two great Hungarian butcher shops in New Brunswick (Buday Meat Market, and Magyar Hentes) that can't be beat for real Hungarian kolbasz (both fresh and smoked) and various other amazing pig products. If you like the polish variety (which is really totally different) there are still a couple of those shops around too, especially on the main drag in Manville.
For Asian markets, perhaps by now you've discovered that there is a HUGE Asian population in the Edison/Metuchen area, so there is no shortage of Asian butchers. On Rt 1 (southbound) in Edison there is Kam Man market, a great Chinese (primarily) supermarket with good meat and fish product (and a hot food section with some of the best truly authentic Chinese food in the area); just around the corner is a very good Korean market whose name escapes me.