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Best bacon in Manhattan?

Produce Addict Feb 19, 2008 11:10 AM

I thought it would be fun to do a make-your-own bacon of the month club, where I just assembled a list of the hounds's favorite bacons in the City, and I'd purchase one every month or so for my husband. Not looking for restaurant options, just retail establishments that sell great bacon. Thanks!

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  1. 280 Ninth RE: Produce Addict Feb 19, 2008 12:51 PM

    I've not done a wide survey of bacon options, myself, but I do get very good bacon from Ottomanelli's on Bleecker, near 7th Avenue South.

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      I grok RE: Produce Addict Feb 19, 2008 03:41 PM

      I get my bacon from a butucher on bet 85 & 86 St on 2nd ave, a polish supermarket or whole foods.

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        dude RE: I grok Feb 25, 2008 08:33 AM

        Schaller & Weber

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          MMRuth RE: dude Feb 25, 2008 08:35 AM

          I buy their slab bacon from Citarella - very nice.

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            Striver RE: MMRuth Feb 25, 2008 08:53 AM

            Fairway also carries S&W's double smoked bacon, although recently I've been buying Nueske's (sp?) there.

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              MMRuth RE: Striver Feb 25, 2008 09:52 AM

              I *think* the one I get is called Black Forest bacon - not sure if it's double smoked or not.

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                Striver RE: MMRuth Feb 25, 2008 11:06 AM

                I'm not sure how much of S&W's line they carry; we needed some slab cut double smoked for a recipe (great smoky flavor, BTW), and I got it there. The Nueske's (applewood smoked from Wisconsin) is packaged and carried in the cold room; it's pricy but really terrific bacon.

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                  MMRuth RE: Striver Feb 25, 2008 11:23 AM

                  That Nueske's sounds wonderful - these days I seem to have several bacons in the fridge, including applewood smoked, so I'll have to try that brand.

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                JoanN RE: Striver Feb 25, 2008 11:12 AM

                I don't recall seeing the Nueske's at Fairway, but they often have the Nieman Ranch applewood smoked bacon and I'm a big fan.

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                  kobetobiko RE: JoanN Feb 25, 2008 11:19 AM

                  I second the Nieman Ranch smoked bacon (which i bought at Whole Foods!)

                  The bacon from Flying Pigs Farm is also extremely delicious! You can get them at Union Square Farmer's market

                  My favorite bacon has to be the Benton's bacon that Momofuku uses. However, I don't think they sell it in retails and is only available online (which I have done and was very satisfied!!)

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                    amarfresh RE: kobetobiko Feb 25, 2008 01:55 PM

                    there is another vendor in USQ. they don't have a marquee so i cannot recall the farm's name. however they have a bunch of giant white coolers and a cardboard and black marker sign that says "seriously good bacon". their bacon is seriously good. sometimes they offer a nitrate-free version. they are usually on the west side of the market.

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                      oolah RE: amarfresh Feb 25, 2008 04:32 PM

                      That's Violet Hill. I agree that they and Flying Pigs both have amazing bacon. Both are at Union Sq on Saturdays.

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                        guttergourmet RE: oolah Feb 26, 2008 12:13 PM

                        Second on Violet Hill and Flying Pigs. Ottomanelli's double smoked on Bleecker is also great as is Nodine's Applewood smoked which is available at Dean & DeLuca or Citarella's.

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          kathryn RE: Produce Addict Feb 25, 2008 08:50 AM

          A friend of mine has discovered that Whole Foods does good bacon. They smoke it themselves.

          1. bosun RE: Produce Addict Feb 25, 2008 10:45 AM

            Eli's 1411 Third Avenue (between 80th and 81st Streets) has whole slabs of bacon. They also carry bacon made by a company in VA, I think.

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              amarfresh RE: Produce Addict Feb 25, 2008 01:57 PM

              for restaurant bacon the peter lugars (and clone/spinoffs) all seem to have similar, excellent, overpriced bacon.

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                MMRuth RE: amarfresh Feb 25, 2008 01:58 PM

                Do they sell it "to go"?

              2. zbs RE: Produce Addict Feb 25, 2008 02:41 PM

                Gramercy Meat Market currently has a Danish bacon that is excellent.

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                  MMRuth RE: zbs Feb 25, 2008 04:19 PM

                  Where is this?

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                    zbs RE: MMRuth Feb 26, 2008 12:20 PM

                    Second avenue, between twenty-second and twenty-third.

                    A block worth visiting, as it features the excellent Gramercy Fish Co. and a branch of Bruno Ravioli (inexpensive fresh pasta, imported goods, and OK Italian sandwiches).

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                      MMRuth RE: zbs Feb 26, 2008 12:33 PM

                      Thanks - I've not explored that area yet!

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                  gutsofsteel RE: Produce Addict Feb 25, 2008 04:29 PM

                  The smoked bacon at the Hungarian meat market on 2nd Ave is fantastic - even better than Schaller's.

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                    Barry Strugatz RE: Produce Addict Feb 8, 2011 05:33 AM

                    The Pink Tea Cup. Deep fried thick cut slab bacon.

                    Pink Tea Cup
                    88 Seventh Ave. S., New York, NY 10014

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