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Dec 1, 2011 06:22 AM

Le Marais (Manhattan) - serious about meat, pâté, chorizo...

Had a very good dinner at Le Marais last night. Medallions of beef. Their meat really is outstanding.

Hadn't been in quite a while, the brick walls make it very noisy and I like conversation with my dinner. But I may have been undervaluing it. It is a very convenient way to have a nice meal before a show. And the waiters are very helpful in working things out if you tell them when curtain time is.

But the reason I was writing is the retail meat counter in the front. They have things I don't usually see retail. Breast of duck, duck legs, pâté, chorizo and merguez sausage, not to mention every imaginable cut of beef.

Last night was not the night to bring some home. But I will go back.

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  1. Try the Beef Jerky it out of this world - but expensive - last tim I was there $80/lb

    8 Replies
    1. re: weinstein5

      There is no "fair" price for jerky. It's one of those things that takes way too long to make and is consumed in moments. Years ago Best Kosher used to sell it by the bag for a ridiculously low price. That was the only time I ever saw when it was cheaper than doing it yourself (cheaper as in ingredient cost, not including time). As someone who's suffered through lots of batches of jerky, $80 ain't that expensive (meat cost alone for a pound of jerky is about $30-40).

      1. re: ferret

        I use a lot of jerky (as travel food - like the Apache did) It is the easiest thing in the world to make and takes on la a few minutes to toss in a marinade, and lay out on the trays. ( i let the butcher slice it thin. ) If you have a dehydrator. From the prices you're quoting, it sounds like one batch of jerky would pay for the dehydrator. And you get to spice it just the way you like it.

        1. re: AdinaA

          I agree a fair price is tough = living in Chicago I remember those bags of Best Kosher Jerky - and once they disappeared I was forced to make my own which is quite easy and fun expecially now that I have ovens that can hold a 200 deg temp

          1. re: weinstein5

            AdinaA or weinstein5 - can you guys share your beef jerky recipe with us ?

            1. re: georgeliot

              The key is in the marinade - I prefer an oriental style so I use soy sauce/teriyaki sauce with some brown sugar dissolved in it - I typically use chuck freeze so that the meat is stiff but not rock solid to make it easier for slicing - slice it a bot a 1/4 inch thick. Marinate the slices 6-12 hours - I have done it ecen longer

              then lay out the slices in cooking sheets - I do not have a fleishig rack to raise the meat up so I cheat by using rolled pices of Aluminum foil to raise the meat off the pan bottom.

              Cook in a low heat oven - about 200 deg - until dried out -

              1. re: georgeliot

                I like it spicy, not sweet or salty.

                I get the butcher to slice a good quality of beef into thin strips, if it's a new butcher is say like pepper steak)

                I toss it in a bowl with Tabasco sauce. Sometimes I sprinkle in cumin, toss to dampen it with the moisture in the meat..

                I have dehydrator for this purpose. I lay the strips on the drying racks and plug the thing in. That's all there is to it.

                You decide whether you want it dry as cardboard (for keeping without refrigeration) or chewy by how long yo leave it in. Just bend or test a piece.

                You can buy a good dehydrator for $49.99 on Amazon. If you have along trip or big family, you can buy a couple of extra racks. It's foolproof.

                It keeps in the freezer forever in ziploc bags. You want to use them when you travel, too. To keep bugs out. The density of the meat in an airport luggage scanner can trigger airport security inspections, like bars of chocolate often do.

        2. Le maris with any flaws it may have remains the best value ratio steakhose. The lunch burger is excellent on a real bun with grilled tomato & onions, fries and salad (and bread and olive oil to start) -$15 - slightly more than a fast food burger and fries.Most of the menu choices are at least very good and still within reach.