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Jun 15, 2010 07:22 AM

Meaty Parts aka Find Me A Good Butcher, Please!


So I don't eat pork and try to use beef, goat and lamb as substitutes when I can. However, it's really hard for me to find certain parts of the animal because I don't have a butcher.

For example, I want "plate", the equivalent of pork belly on cows, goats and lambs so I can try making my own bacon at home. Near impossible to get at places like Food Emporium or Whole Foods and the halal butchers in Jackson Heights (I'm Pakistani) have no idea what I'm talking about. I'd also love to get stuff like a goat leg with cleaned skin on so I can try a "pernil" and what not.

Any suggestions are much appreciated, thank you!

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  1. Jeffrey's in the Essex St Market

    or try Arthur Avenue

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    1. re: gutsofsteel

      Go up to arthur avenue, you can get any part of the animal you want. They have freshly killed lambs available and you can order anything they don't have on hand. Plus the prices are much cheaper than what you will find in Manhattan. Try Biancardi Meats, they are usally my go to.

    2. Try Esposito's, 9th Ave at 38th. Old fashioned butcher that always has lots of things in the back besides the standards up front. They may not have exactly what you want when you go, but they could probably get it for you. I do know for certain they carry goat leg.

      1. Ottomanelli's on Bleecker St by 7th Ave. Great product, great prices.

        Ottomanelli and Sons
        285 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

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        1. re: sgordon

          I agree. I go to the one in my neighborhood on York and 80th.

          Dickson's is great, too.

        2. Try Jacob Dickson in the Chelsea Market. He's really into using as much of the animal as possible and is hosting a 'nose to tail' type of dinner to expose people to new cuts and organs.

          Good luck!

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          1. re: JeremyEG

            Yes, Dickson's would be my choice as well. He was breaking down whole goats a couple of weeks ago.