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Jul 10, 2009 08:24 AM

A real butcher in Westchester?

Where can I find the old school, real thing? Custom-cut is OK but I'd REALLY love to find a guy who breaks down the whole animal, ..ya know, cuts off the hoof from a whole side hanging out back in the meat locker.

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  1. I did a very down and dirty search and found at least one place:
    Maybe more or you may have to expand your area to include some where a bit more upstate, CT, NJ and PA-where I also saw one listed.
    I am thinking hunting country.

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    1. re: Jon1856

      Not sure how you ever made out on this. The link looks good to me. Sounds like a nice place to take a half day trip to.

      There aren't many places where they raise and slaughter the cow in the same place they sell the meat in Westchester County.

      Some others are saying that it is difficult to get good quality meat. Crisfields is an excellent suggestion and probably closer than Arthur Avenue. They have a wide selection of meats of very good quality. They do get depleted from time to time so if you're looking for something in particular you could call ahead. They are pretty expensive, but it is top quality meat.

      125 Westchester Ave, White Plains, NY

    2. I go to Crisfields's Market in Rye. Even though the address says 61 Purchase Street, their store is located in back in the parking lot. Great meat and v friendly as well.

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      1. re: BAFU

        Forgot about this little link from LoHud. Some info, for some reason, a bit out of date (W&I LOONG gone sad to say).
        But it does include Steve’s and Rooster’s Market.

        1. re: Jon1856

          Thanks to both of you for these leads on butchers. Unfortunately "corn-fed" "good meat" still all comes from the same CAFOs, sealed in plastic.

          1. re: hauswriter

            Perhaps-perhaps not.
            IIWY I would at least take the time to foillow-up on some of the above.
            And if none of those work, as I posted: check out places in hunting/cow country.
            And now you have me wondering a bit over some aged meat I get-will have to ask just how they get it in first.

            1. re: Jon1856

              I checked with one of the places I pick-up aged meat at. While at some point in time MAY have been sealed in plastic-is not and can not be in order to age it.

            2. re: hauswriter

              You could just directly to the source: Hunts Point Market.

          2. re: BAFU

            I too am a big fan of Crisfield's in downtown Rye. I think you'll find what you want there.

          3. I can't think of the name but if I recall theres one in Bronxville? And I think one in Fleetwood. I think they are brothers who own it. I know there's one locally since my mom in law goes there to get her meat for specail occassions since it's a little pricier than your local supermarket of course. Let me know also!

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              1. re: Paris76

                The one in Bronxville is called Mini's and it is the same family as the one in Fleetwood, which is somewhere off Gramatan Avenue and also called Mini's I think. Not surprisingly, the Fleetwood location is substantially cheaper. We go to Arthur Avenue and see Sal at Biancardi. Great meat and shockingly reasonable prices. Now there's real butchering!

                1. re: roxlet

                  Thanks Roxlet...I just didn;t know the names of the places! Sorry Jon1856!! Arthur ave good idea....Didn't think of that either...I never go down that way. I guess it would be a good exuse to take a drive down there and see what's all the hype is about.

                  1. re: Paris76

                    Does your Mom recall the name(s)?

                  2. re: roxlet

                    I think it is in the phone book under "Mini Meateria" and it is indeed along Grand Street near the parking garage entrance. I got my thanksgiving turkey there. They put everything out in plastic though (it seems like you were trying to avoid that). I've heard good things, but I was sorta wishing they could cut meats to order.

                    1. re: jcmods

                      Yes, I hate the plastic too, and I also hate that there are a lot of "marinated" things there. Kind of dumbed-down pre-prepared dishes in addition to the expensive meat. A friend of mine once got the lasagna and I had a taste. Apparently it is made by the mother of the two butchers. It wasn't bad, but the sauce on the one that I tried seemed under-cooked, not to say that other batches might be better...

                      1. re: roxlet

                        The butcher offerings in Westchester,one of the most wealthy counties in the Northeast,totally Vex me.....I shouldn't have to drive 50 miles to Rhinebeck,or into Manhattan for good,skillfully butchered ,meat.Riancardi's on Arthur Ave. is the best option,close to lower Westchester at this point....only a 30 minute drive-get there early and go crazy.Also great for fish[Randazzos,cheeses,bread,etc.The Fleetwood Meateria is ok,but not in the league of really good butchers with a wide variety of meats.

                        1. re: geendatz

                          I am assuming that the place in Rhinebeck that you are referring to is Fleischers. If so, they have closed this location and now work out of their Kingston location. FYI they have a sign on the wall listing the restaurants to whom they sell to and it reads like a whos who of three and four star restaurants,

                          For a less expensive experience, consider going to Adams Fairacre Farms. This "supermarket" has three locations--Kingston, Pougkeepsie and Newburgh. They buy sides of beef from a farm in Dutchess and the prices are more reasonable (but still expensive) and never on sale.. They will age the beef (it costs about 50% more) and will butcher uncommon cuts to order. They sometimes have a sale on loin lamb chops and it goes for $4.99/lb. Also, local checkens at $1.99/lb.

                2. Forgot about these guys: I have an office in Pawling so every 1ce in a while, when I have to go up to Columbia Co on the weekends, I stop in here and buy some amazing beef. Expensive as all get out but it's the best stuff I've had in a long time. Bring a cooler! They also deliver


                  1. loved the burgers at Manero’s restaurant in Greenwich, CT, and always stop next door to the old-fashioned butcher shop; used to grab homemade sausage and obscure hot sauces (for the humans) and knucklebones (for the 100 lb. 4 legged baby)
                    also, same human/puppy shopping for fresh cuts at Whole Foods White Plains, excellent value
                    add my vote for Mini's in Fleetwood for excellent, but tends to be sold out of items often, which says good things for their quality