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Oct 17, 2011 08:48 AM

favorite brooklyn butchers

i haven't cooked much meat at home and i want to start. what are your favorite brooklyn butchers? i live in south brooklyn but have a car. i'd be especially grateful for suggestions about where to buy organic chicken (besides whole foods) -- but mainly i want to know your favorites.

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  1. Staubitz market, 222 Court Street, BK. If you're in South Brooklyn (which is what I think of as Cobble Hill/Carroll Gardens/Red Hook) you're not very far away:

    Staubitz Market
    222 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

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      1. re: ramonasaur

        If you're in kensington, I'm really partial to the halal butchers along church ave. I know that one of them carries organic meat. If you stroll church between ocean parkway and dahill, you'll pass it--there's a sign saying "Organic Meat" or some such in the window.
        I've never bought chicken from them but I have bought very good lamb and beef, not from the one that carries organic but from the one across the street. It's the kind of place where you watch them saw your meat up right in front of you.

        1. re: missmasala

          oh man, i wish i knew which one you meant -- i live right off of church. i'll look for the sign you mentioned. there's one butcher on the strip -- might be the albanian one, but i don't want to talk smack because i'm not sure, since there's a bunch of them close together -- where i've seen the guys that work there pull carcasses with like soggy paper towels and bits of trash stuck to them off of the bare floor of a van (sometimes with pieces of cardboard box kinda unevenly covering the floor), put them in bare shopping carts and wheel them into the store. this one goat's head was jammed up against a parking meter while they pulled out the other carcasses. maybe afterward they somehow clean the carcasses (and the shopping carts, and the floor of the van). i'm sure most supermarket meat is processed just as haphazardly or worse, and maybe it doesn't really matter, since you're cooking it anyway. anyway. i'll look for that sign!

          edited to add that i actually don't know how butchers usually handle whole carcasses -- i guess you gotta get a giant dead animal from wherever it's slaughtered to your store somehow.

          1. re: ramonasaur

            Hi, sorry, I have no idea what these butchers are called. There are two, one on each side of church ave. The one I go to seems to be run by south asians, and the other one--the one that advertises the organic meat--was staffed by Mexicans last time I went in. The Albanian butcher I don't know.
            And the unloading of meat that you're describing doesn't surprise me. But I'm not that squeamish and I know that meat usually gets heavily trimmed before/after it is cut up.
            Good luck and I hope you find what you want.

            1. re: missmasala

              I'm guessing your place is on the block between Dahill and McDonald? There are a bunch of halal butchers there, including the one at the back of Bangla Nagar (right side of the store, past the dairy case). There's another across the street at Church and McDonald called Green House Deshi Supermarket. Didn't see an organic sign, but I didn't go inside.

              Bangla Nagar
              87 Church Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11218

              Green House Deshi Supermarket
              472 McDonald Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11218

        2. re: ramonasaur

          Sorry about that. Happy to see that you have had plenty of recommendations.

      2. Fleisher's on 5th and Sackett is a great new place in North Slope. And the prices are really good for organic/free-range/grass-fed (grain finished) meats. They also have a nice selection of offal if you're interested (no tripe and chicken feet though). And the people working there are very knowledgeable and super nice.

        Fleisher's Grass-Fed and Organic Meats
        192 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

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        1. re: Miss Needle

          I went to Fleisher's last week for the first time. Excellent products, immaculate shop, helpful and friendly counter people. A great addition.

          1. re: psnative

            agreed. I made pork chops that I bought at Fleisher's last night. Great quality.

          2. re: Miss Needle

            Agreed... I got a great lamb shoulder roast from Fleishers yesterday. The meats looked great and they had a wide selection. I'm not sure if they are going to bump los paisanos as my go to butcher, but they're definitely in the running.

            Fleisher's Grass-Fed and Organic Meats
            192 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215