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gutsofsteel Nov 14, 2010 04:02 AM

Anybody have a recommendation as to where I might find/order a whole guinea hen? I need to purchase this Wednesday. Frozen is fine.


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    fourunder Nov 14, 2010 04:26 AM

    I've seen what's labeled as *guinea fowl*, whole with head and feet still attached in the Chinese markets on Grand Street. They are usually about 2.5 - 3.5 pounds in size, if not mistaken.

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      Nancy S. Nov 14, 2010 04:28 AM

      Go to Dean and Deluca, and have them order one from D'Artagnan for you -- this is what I do when I want excellent poussin.

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        gutsofsteel Nov 14, 2010 04:30 AM

        Oh duh, D'Artagnan. I guess lots of places could theoretically order one for me from D'Artagnan, assuming they carry D'Artagnan products.....?

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          sunshine842 Nov 14, 2010 04:37 AM

          you could even order one directly from D'Artagnan -- www.dartagnan.com -- roughly $25 for a whole bird.

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            gutsofsteel Nov 14, 2010 04:44 AM

            Gotta have it Wednesday though...(nothing like planning ahead!)

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              Nancy S. Nov 14, 2010 04:53 AM

              But shipping is expensive. I recommend going through Dean and Deluca because they special order all the time and get daily deliveries. Also, at the Madison Ave. shop, the butcher is quite kind.

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                gutsofsteel Nov 14, 2010 06:59 AM

                Thanks Nancy.

        2. boredough Nov 14, 2010 07:45 AM

          If by some chance D&D is a bust, try Citarella or possibly Schatzie the Butcher on Amsterdam at 87th (212 410 1555). Was there the other day and saw a list of unusual items - I could be wrong, but think it might have included Guinea hen

          1. penthouse pup Nov 14, 2010 07:57 AM

            Citarella usually has it (call ahead)...

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              Nancy S. Nov 14, 2010 10:37 AM

              Surprisingly, I have bought D'Artagnan poultry from shops where it was not impeccably fresh. Accordingly, my recent tactic has been to order from D and D and specify that I want the freshest specimen possible. I have not been disappointed, and I think the prices are comparable.

            2. erica Nov 14, 2010 10:54 AM

              Violet Hill Farm should be at Union Square on Wednesday; I have seen the hens there but you would need to call and inquire...


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                rrems Nov 14, 2010 11:40 AM

                Their guinea hens are excellent and less expensive than the butcher shops (usually under $20), but they don't always have them, so indeed it is a good idea to inquire/order ahead.

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                yebo Nov 14, 2010 04:36 PM

                Florence Meat Market, on Jones Street, has most things, is used to ordering and is careful re: prep.

                Florence Meat Market
                5 Jones St, New York, NY 10014

                1. NYCkaren Nov 15, 2010 06:55 AM

                  I think I bought one from Jeffrey's at Essex Street Market. I bet a lot of places would have them.

                  Essex Street Market
                  120 Essex St, New York, NY 10002

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                    fourunder Nov 15, 2010 08:23 AM

                    I'm a fan of D'Artagnan and their products....but I am also a fan of Bo Bo and their better pricing.



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                      FoodLovesBeer Nov 15, 2010 09:18 AM

                      Great Wall Supermarket on Fort Hamilton Pkwy. in Brooklyn has guinea hen, along with other hard-to-find birds.

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                        gutsofsteel Nov 15, 2010 09:24 AM

                        Call off the search! I'm all set.

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                          rrems Nov 15, 2010 04:46 PM

                          Would you like to tell us where you ended up getting it?

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                            gutsofsteel Nov 15, 2010 06:33 PM

                            When I have a bird in the hand, I'll report the details!

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                              erica Nov 19, 2010 02:10 AM

                              So???? I have thought about cooking one for years and would love to hear the details...

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                                sunshine842 Nov 19, 2010 03:05 AM

                                They're pretty easy to cook, Erica - you just have to keep in mind that they are leaner than chicken, so you have to make sure you keep it moist - baste, bard, whatever.

                                Leaner meat dries out faster, too -- but as long as you are keep these things in mind, it's not significantly harder than roasting a chicken.

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                                  gutsofsteel Nov 19, 2010 03:10 AM

                                  PIcked it up on Wednesday - ordered from Dean & Deluca - from D'Artagnan. It's now frozen and will be cooked next week.

                                  As an aside: was at the Quattro store yesterday (off the Taconic) to pick up a capon I had ordered: they will have pheasants and geese for Christmas and I plan to get both.

                                  Dean & DeLuca
                                  1 Rockefeller Plz, New York, NY 10020

                        2. sgordon Nov 15, 2010 03:45 PM

                          Skip D&D and CItarella - a good butcher is going to be better priced and have the same quality (maybe even the same D'Artagnan birds) - I'd go with Ottomanellli and Sons on Bleecker, personally.

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

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