Chinatown Butchers- In particular: PORK BELLY
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 :)
$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.
Deluxe Food Market
79 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10013
Han Ah Reum
25 W 32nd St, New York, NY 10001
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
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.
Florence Meat Market
5 Jones St, New York, NY 10014