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2slices Jul 19, 2011 08:03 AM

Hey all,

Just found out Jeffrey's is "temporarily" closed. Gotta pick up some Hanger steaks or a fat sirloin tonight. Anywhere especially good? All I know of Ottomanelli is that it's famous but dunno if it's actually any good.

I live downtown but will be driving all over the city today so location doesn't matter, at least this time around.

I prefer a real butcher, but may just go to Fairway in the end.


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

  1. 2slices Jul 20, 2011 09:04 AM

    In the end

    Went to Ottomanelli on Bleecker and picked up 4 lbs of tri-tip instead of Hanger, $28 total. The Hanger was also $7ish. I was surpsrised tri-tip was the same, thought it'd be a a dollar or so more.

    Steaks were really excellent. Only ever had tri-tip in Bakersfield Ca. where it's a local specialty. I just did salt and pepper over super hot charcoal. I should've taken pictures they were beauties.

    After leaving Otto. I walked by florence and stopped in. Their Hanger was $1 cheaper and I liked walking in to a guy trimming a giant leg of lamb. I'll be trying them out next time. Or more likely get 2 steaks, 1 from each.

    Either way very happy with the recs., the steak was a hit.

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

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

    1 Reply
    1. re: 2slices
      RCC Jul 20, 2011 09:07 AM

      "I should've taken pictures they were beauties."

      Next time, please do so. I love looking photos of nicely done steaks. I do it when my steaks turn out nice.

    2. d
      doubledoc Jul 20, 2011 08:24 AM

      I can't recommend Florence Meats enough. Ive been going there almost exclusively in the 2 years that I have been here and I have yet to be disappointed. Always the best quality meats, hands down. I usually place my orders on the phone in advance, but when I do swing by and need a solo dinner steak or chop, they are always willing to take time to cut me one.

      As said before, the newports are great...really just a tri-tip in disguise though.. I like to get them to season and tie it, and then slow roast in the oven...

      Also, their veal is top notch.

      The only complaint that I have is that their lamb prices are a little high, and the loin chops could always be trimmed more (although they did a fantastic job on the hotel rack of lamb that I ordered)...

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

      1. David11238 Jul 19, 2011 11:39 AM

        Take a look at Dickson's Farmstand in the Chelsea Market, as well as the butcher in Eataly on W23rd. Both, although a tad up their in price, have made made me custom cuts. Everything from bone marrow to skirt steak. Look for the young lady, she's 20ish (butcher) at Eatlay, and anyone at Dickson's.

        Dickson's Farmstand Meats
        75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011

        200 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010

        1. sgordon Jul 19, 2011 10:57 AM

          I'll second (third? fourth?) Ottomanelli and Sons on Bleecker. Fantastic quality, great service. I actually live near Jeffrey's but would go to O&S for meats on the regular, especially if I needed a lot of something or a pricier cut - O&S was better quality and more often than not cheaper.

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

          1. m
            michelleats Jul 19, 2011 10:51 AM

            I second Ottomanelli's on Bleecker and Florence Meat Market on Jones St.

            Florence has something called a "Newport steak", which is a nicely marbled, semi-chewy cut (not unlike hanger or sirloin). It's very good and a very good value.

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            1. re: michelleats
              RCC Jul 19, 2011 10:58 AM

              Re: Newport steak ... seen it ofen at Ottomanelli's too.

              1. re: RCC
                michelleats Jul 19, 2011 11:04 AM

                Oh, that's interesting. I didn't know Ottomanelli's had them, too. Another customer in line at Florence Meat Market once told me that Florence had invented the cut and that it was still only available there.

                If 2slices has time, I'd walk to both FLorence and Ottomanelli's to compare prices and cuts, since they're so close to one another. Florence is better and less expensive for some cuts and Ottomanelli's for others. Or give them a call. Unusually for NYC, both stores actually pick up their phones and they're nice about it.

                (I'm not good at remembering these things, but IIRC, Newports at Florence were something like $4.99 or $5.99 / lb a few weeks ago.)

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

              2. re: michelleats
                penthouse pup Jul 20, 2011 08:16 AM

                Yes, Tony who was the original owner of Florence "invented" the Newport steak -- it's a cut like the hangar... (The New Yorker wrote an article about it when he retired) and Pino, who now runs his own place on Sullivan, used to work there--so he does the same kind of cut. These days, I recommend Pino but all of the Village places listed are excellent.

                1. re: penthouse pup
                  michelleats Jul 20, 2011 09:38 AM

                  Thanks, penthouse pup. You're an incredible repository of WV and GV history, I've noticed. I guess the Newport steak has caught on at other butchers now, too, though.

              3. t
                travpard Jul 19, 2011 08:58 AM

                Esposito's on 9th Avenue in Hell's Kitchen.

                great meat at cheap prices. super friendly staff too.

                Esposito & Sons
                354 W 38th Ave, New York, NY 10018

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                  RCC Jul 19, 2011 08:37 AM

                  Ottomanelli's, the one in Bleecker, is really good. Prices are reasonable, too, for the high quality of meats.

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                    Alan Henderson Jul 19, 2011 08:27 AM

                    Ottomanelli's on Bleecker is great. Florence on Jones st. is as well.

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

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

                    1. ChefJune Jul 19, 2011 08:26 AM

                      Try Pino's on 149 Sullivan Street (just below Houston). He's an old school Italian butcher who does all his own cutting, and has the best meat! He definitely could be your new best friend. Especially if you're cooking Thanksgiving dinner -- when he stuffs the birds with a fabulous sausage stuffing. All you have to do is roast!

                      Give Pino a try.

                      Pino's Prime Meats
                      149 Sullivan St, New York, NY 10012

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