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Chinatown Butchers- In particular: PORK BELLY

MsAlyp Feb 10, 2011 09:33 AM

Hi All,

I live in Williamsburg and all the pork belly i have seen at butchers around me (a la Meat Hook) is 8.00 + a pound, which seems crazy for the cut. I'm looking to buy it to prepare in a Chinese style so figure why not find a butcher in Chinatown where it is surely cheaper!? That's where I need your help please.. do you know of any good butchers in Chinatown or where I could get pork belly there?

I know where i can get prepared pork belly but not any reputable meat vendors.. please help!

Many thanks :)

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    AubWah Feb 10, 2011 11:56 AM

    Deluxe Food Market enter on Mott or Elizabeth

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    Deluxe Food Market
    79 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10013

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      AubWah Feb 10, 2011 11:59 AM

      or Bayard Meat Market if you want a more dangerous atmosphere

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      57 Bayard Meat Market
      57 Bayard St, New York, NY 10013

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      Lau Feb 10, 2011 12:07 PM

      i get it from bayard meat market, im not sure what AubWah means about a "dangerous atmosphere" as I find bayard meat market as much cleaner as less hectic than deluxe food market (although deluxe is a cool place), in fact i think the place is very clean

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        JungMann Feb 10, 2011 12:45 PM

        Deluxe is best, although sometimes if it's too chaotic, I'll go across the street to Hong Kong.

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        Hong Kong Supermarket
        157 Hester St, New York, NY 10013

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          Wilfrid Feb 10, 2011 08:03 PM

          Yes, ridiculous. Bayard Meat Market is a great store.

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            AubWah Feb 11, 2011 04:06 AM

            I meant dangerous as in every time I'm in there I feel the chance of a Triad knife battle erupting is about 15-20%

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              Lau Feb 11, 2011 04:47 AM

              ummm that seems to be a very unfounded fear, since when have you heard of anything like that happening? ctown is far from being even a remotely dangerous neighborhood

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                2slices Jul 20, 2011 09:12 AM

                ever since the bus wars ended

        2. loratliff Feb 10, 2011 05:00 PM

          My Chinatown spots have already been named, but you should also check out Florence Meat Market on Jones Street in the West Village. They don't have anything precut; they cut it right when you ask. I bought a pork belly from them for New Years and it was both inexpensive and tasty.

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

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            fourunder Feb 11, 2011 05:20 AM

            I would agree with any Chinese butcher for the cut. Another possibility....recently, I purchased a 7 pound portion of Pig Belly with spare ribs attached for 1.79/lb at Shop Rite Supermarket. on sale. When not on sale price, it's usually 3.49/lb. The on duty butcher was able to accommodate my request for a piece from the center, full slab. I thought it was a great deal. There is a Shop Rite store in Brooklyn (shoprite.com).

            1080 Mc Donald Avenue At Avenue I
            Brooklyn, NY 11230
            Phone: (718) 252-5770

            1. sgordon Feb 11, 2011 11:58 AM

              $8.00/lb isn't crazy if it's high quality stuff, a la Niman Ranch and whatnot. But for run-of-the-mill you can go cheaper, certainly. I'll second (third, fourth, whatever) Deluxe Food Market. Also note that if you're regularly in Midtown / Herald Square area, the Korean market Han Ah Reum has decent quality at decent prices. Used to buy it there all the time when I lived across the street.

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              Deluxe Food Market
              79 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10013

              Han Ah Reum
              25 W 32nd St, New York, NY 10001

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