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Where to buy tongue?

mice Jul 13, 2009 03:48 PM

Hi - does anyone know where I can buy a tongue (not sliced deli tongue)? Near midtown east would be great but anywhere in NYC (or even online) would be helpful. Thanks so much!

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  1. MMRuth RE: mice Jul 13, 2009 03:53 PM

    You might try Schaller & Weber on the UES - worth calling.

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      madkittybadkitty RE: mice Jul 13, 2009 06:45 PM

      hit up the latin american markets - no need to go all pricey gourmet if you're going to prep it yourself

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        MMRuth RE: madkittybadkitty Jul 14, 2009 03:51 AM

        I'm pretty sure that Casablanca carries it, up on E. 110th Street.

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        foodwhisperer RE: mice Jul 13, 2009 09:35 PM

        I'll assume you want to cook it yourself. If not you can buy a cooked tongue at katz's unsliced.. Back in the day any kosher butcher would have cow's tongue for sale , I have heard much of the cow tongue is being shipped to japan.

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          MMRuth RE: foodwhisperer Jul 14, 2009 03:52 AM

          That's good to know - I have some recipes that I want to try that call for cooked tongue.

        2. JungMann RE: mice Jul 14, 2009 05:26 AM

          I think the closest option would be one of the halal butchers on Lexington in the 20s. I purchase tongue on the West Side at Western Beef.

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            madkittybadkitty RE: mice Jul 14, 2009 06:10 AM

            i live about an hour outside of the city - was on a grocery run and was curious and guess what, wal-mart sells tongue. big whole tongue with what looks like random membranous things still attached.
            i know there's no wal-mart in NYC, but i would really go to a latin supermarket. try food bazaar in brooklyn.

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              kobetobiko RE: mice Jul 14, 2009 06:57 AM

              There is frozen ox tongues at Ottomanelli's on Bleecker. It's at the back freezer so you have to ask to get one. Extremely delicious after it's cooked as I believe it's black angus tongue!

              There are also frozen veal tongues at Deluxe Food Market in Chinatown. They are in the frozen section (with doors).

              I have seen fresh veal tongues at Citarella's. But I don't think they are always available. Better call to ask first.

              And if you want lamb tongues, there is a vendor at Union Square Farmer's market who carries it, but you need to call them ahead of them so they will bring it to you.

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                jasmurph RE: mice Aug 2, 2009 03:35 PM

                Union Square is the way to go here if you want fresh tongue, and to be perfectly honest, it's SO easy to make tongue that it seems silly to me to buy one cooked. And they're cheap--you'll pay $6/lb at the most, while delis will charge you over $10/lb.

                Lamb: 3-Corner FIeld, no need to call ahead.

                Beef: Amazin' Angus, call ahead

                Pork: Flying Pigs, call or email; they don't have them often

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