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Feb 17, 2008 07:03 AM

Butchers in Brooklyn Hts/Cobble Hill

We are looking for a place to buy good quality would be nice. any suggestions?

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  1. Covered extensively on these boards. Staubitz on Court is my favorite, but Los Paisanos on Smith is also great. Not as sure about their organic offerings.

    1. I live in this area too, and as of New Year's resolution #1, I only eat grass-fed meat (read Omnivore's Dilemma). I had to go on a disheartening search including 5 local butchers. This is what I learned: They "sometimes" carry grass-fed and/or organic meat. Obvi none had anything organic except chicken any time I've stopped in. However, those 2 places are great, as are Prime Meats in BH for non-organic.

      If you want grass-fed (I know you didn't specify), organic, local meat, it's readily availableat the famer's market in Union Square- maybe at Prospect Park too, not sure. I've been buying meat at Union Square once a week after work since the New Year, and I've tried various vendors. I've been pleased every time.

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      1. re: Nancy816

        Omnivore's Dilemma has completely upended my eating habits... *sigh*

        Free range and grass-fed meats (beef, pork, lamb, turkey, chicken), as well as eggs and dairy products are available at the Grand Army Plaza greenmarket on Saturday mornings.

        For others struggling with the post-Omnivore's-Dilemma diet, check out this amusing article, "How Michael Pollan Ruined My Life":

        1. re: lmoy

          Omg, I loved that article! I forwarded it on to my 3 friends that got obsessed with OD with me. Love it! I mean, you do have to wonder what is in that man's fridge!

      2. I like Heights Prime Meats on Clark Street between Henry and Hicks in the Heights. They carry organic meats and have what seem to me to be reasonable prices and fresh products. The guys that work there are quiet but nice and happy to answer questions.

        I tried Staubitz a couple of times but found them to be expensive and somewhat put off by my basic questions. A lot of people like Los Paisaons, but whenever I've gone in there I've had a hard time understanding the guys behind the counter. Like jdf said, I'm not sure about how much organic they carry.

        If you are really looking for good quality meats, nothing beats Dines Farms who used to be at the Ft. Greene Farmers Market. They have been hard to find this winter.

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        1. re: LED

          Dines Farms does feed their animals on pasture but they also give them grains. (they feed them a 100% vegetarian diet)

          Try Arcadian Pastures they sell at the Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket and feed thier animals in the pasture and hay when the ground is too hard

          1. re: LED

            I was a member of the Cobble Hill CSA last year, and Dines Farm would come and sell their meats (and oftentimes, fresh eggs too) outside our pickup location at the church on the corner of Clinton and Kane. Pretty sure you don't need to be a CSA member to purchase the Dines products. And they are delicious!

            1. re: jenn11201

              Dines Farms meats are really excellent. Their pork chops are divine. Nice people, too.

              You do not need to be a member of the CSA to buy from Dines. They sell every Tuesday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. during the CSA season, and once a month out of season, at the front of the church on Kane and Clinton. Contact them directly to place an order and to verify pickup times. I know they sell other places in Brooklyn.

          2. I've never had any problem getting organic chicken or beef at Staubitz on Court St. They occasionally have grass-fed beef too, but often it's grain-fed organic. I've always found their stuff high-quality, especially the chicken.

            Still, as Nancy says, nothing beats the Union Square Greenmarket for fresh, quality organic and humanely-raised meat.

            Staubitz Market
            222 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

            1. Park Natural on Court has organic meats and grass fed beef.
              Foragers in DUMBO has both as well.

              NOT cheap at either. You probably knew that.

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              1. re: Larry Brooks

                Try Heights Prime Meats on Clark Street between Henry and Hicks.