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There was a discussion on the Home Cooking board about Simon Hopkinson's "Roast Chicken and Other Stories" and how it has a lot of recipes for tripe, brains and sweetbreads.

I'm not necessarily going to cook any of these today, but if I did want to, where in Manhattan would be the best place to buy them? I know I've seen tripe in Chinatown. I don't know if I should buy it there or at a fancy butcher shop somewhere.

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  1. Most markets carried some offal (at least tripe and oxtail). If I felt like it, I could pop across the street to Pioneer for tripe tonight, or trotters and oxtails. Specialty butchers, such as Jefferson Market, Ottomanelli's and Western Beef are also terrific resources.

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    1. re: JungMann

      Oxtails are no problem. Even FreshDirect has them. And they sometimes have tripe. But not sweetbreads. Or brains. (I'm not sure if I'm up for cooking brains anyway.) I will investigate though. Thanks.

      1. re: NYCkaren

        I have seen sweetbreads at Ottomanelli's on Bleecker.

        As for brain, I think only Chinatown has it.

        1. re: kobetobiko

          I know it's the Bronx, but the best butcher for offal is in the market on Arthur Avenue.

        2. re: NYCkaren

          Brain is a little tougher to find. I have always purchased it from halal butchers as brain curry is popular among Pakistanis. You might try the butchers in the E. 20s and Lex. I've never seen lamb's brains in Chinatown, let alone any brains.

          1. re: JungMann

            In Dynasty Supermarket in Chinatown, they have fresh pig brains about 1 or 2 days a week (I think it is when they ship in meat for the weekend). They also have frozen pig and cow's brain in the freezer.

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        1. anyone know a butcher who carries pig spleen?

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          1. re: Nehna

            Not off hand, but I feel pretty sure you could find some in Chinatown. Anyone want to chime in with specifics?