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ravchaz May 15, 2009 06:03 AM

I'm visiting my parents this Sunday in Flushing (they live in Electchester) and am planning on using the opportunity to stock up on meat. My parents don't keep kosher but they have a general knowledge of the shopping in the area and have mentioned Brach's, Mazur's and Supersol.

I am particularly interested in brisket and whole chickens since I just bought a charcoal smoker and those are the types of meat I am most interested in smoking, though some nice steaks (not for the smoker!) would be great too.

We may not get around to shopping until five or six in the afternoon so a place that doesn't close early on Sundays is a must. Where should we go for a combination of the best quality and prices?

Thanks.

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    MartyB May 15, 2009 06:52 AM

    If you could go to Brooklyn you could save yourself a bundle by going to Pik-N-Pay their current prices for the items that you mentioned are.

    Whole chicken $1.69/lb
    Glatt 1st Cut Beef Brisket $5.99/lb

    As to their rib steaks, two weeks ago they were selling them for $6.99/lb

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      ravchaz May 15, 2009 07:13 AM

      Brooklyn is probably not in the cards. My father is sick and we live almost three hours away. We're trying to squeeze this all in while being back home in Southeast Ct. at a reasonable time.

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      Lissy63 May 15, 2009 09:50 AM

      Mazur's has good quality meat; the prices are a bit on the high side. They are open until 7 PM on Sundays. I have not been to Brachs/Supersol in a long time, so I cannot accurately comment on them.

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        MartyB May 15, 2009 10:53 AM

        Please keep us posted where you eventually go and what were the prices. I never did any food shopping in Queens, just here in the 5 towns and Brooklyn so I am curious what the prices there are. If prices are good enough I can make a day of it, since there are lots of kosher options on Main street for a Sunday brunch.

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          ravchaz May 15, 2009 11:31 AM

          Will do.

          This is probably my last long-distance journey in search of meat. There is no kosher butcher in our town and the local Shop Rite just stopped carrying kosher beef (though they still have Empire and Vineland poultry). But a friend of mine just bought the Crown Market in West Hartford and they are going to start delivering to our area soon!

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            queenscook May 15, 2009 12:44 PM

            Mazur's is quite out of the way if you are going to Electchester; the stores on Main Street (Brach's, SuperSol, Wasserman's) are a five minute drive from Electchester. Wasserman's (directly across the street from Brach's, right next to the movie theater) is open almost round the clock; certainly 'til 11:00 PM or later, but Brach's and Supersol probably close in the 6:00 range (I'd call first, if that's where you are headed).

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              ravchaz May 15, 2009 01:37 PM

              I didn't know about Wasserman's. This is helpful, thanks.

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          cappucino May 15, 2009 02:23 PM

          Wassermans. Plus, as was mentioned, you can't beat the hours.

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            ravchaz May 18, 2009 07:18 AM

            Thanks for all the advice and pointers. In the end, we went to Wasserman's and were pretty pleased. A friendly store with a lot of products, not too terribly crowded for a Sunday afternoon (we went there around 4 or so) and a decent meat selection. We haven't eaten anything we bought yet but it looks nice. Prices seemed about average but less than we are used to paying if we buy meat locally, although as I noted before our local supermarket only carries kosher poultry and seems to have stopped carrying kosher beef. We bought beef "top of rib meat" which we use as a somewhat cheaper alternative to brisker for $9.99, whole chickens for $2.99, chicken cutlets for $5.19 (we usually pay $7.99 here in Norwich), shoulder steak for $9.89, and some other stuff which I don't remember . We spent about $250 and got quite a lot of meat, we usually cannot walk into a kosher butcher store without spending $300 or $400.

            When we got to Main St. I recalled that I had gone to SuperSol a couple of months ago (about a month before Pesach) and remembered that I thought there meat selection was poor quality, so we didn't go there.

            One thing that I found interesting at Wasserman's is that each piece of fresh meat is labeled as to what rabbi supervised the shechita. I'd never seen that before.

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              MartyB May 18, 2009 10:36 AM

              Well, it doesn't look like I will be shopping in Queens. $3/lb for chickens, all the stores in the 5 towns do better than that; same goes for the chicken cutlets which tends to run $3.99/lb family pack. Pik-N-Pay in Brooklyn is half Wasserman's price for chicken and the top of rib. See if you have a Costco nearby, maybe they carry Empire chickens. The Costco near the 5 towns has Empire chickens, 3 1/2 pounders for $1.89/lb frozen, nicely packaged.

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                ravchaz May 18, 2009 12:17 PM

                I get the feeling that you folks who live in the NYC Metro area have no idea what life is like for the kosher consumer "out of town." There is no Costco anywhere near here, the only warehouse club is BJ's and we belong there. But, while some BJ's carry a lot of kosher products, this isn't one of them. In my town there is one supermarket that carries Empire poultry and I was surprised to find recently frozen Vineland chicken cutlets as well. They used to carry kosher beef, quality and supply was inconsistent and I haven't seen it there for several weeks now. Fifteen miles away is another supermarket with a slightly bigger selection of kosher meat but, again, hit or miss. To drive to a kosher butcher is at least an hour, so if we are traveling anywhere we tend to take coolers and buy meat where we can get it.

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                  berel May 18, 2009 12:24 PM

                  I know what it's like "out of town", that's why I choose to stay in the NYC Metro area

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                    queenscook May 18, 2009 01:04 PM

                    I'd never choose to live "out of town," but I wonder if your house is larger than 18 ft by 40 ft, attached to two others, one on each side, and cost close to a half million dollars? Sometimes you pay more for some things and less for others.

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                      craigcep May 18, 2009 02:55 PM

                      As you say you're in Fairfield, I do really enjoy the challahs from Bagel King in Fairfield. The Shaws up there isn't so bad either, though I never bought meat there because I go on my way to work and don't want everything sitting in the car all day.

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