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Where should I buy my whole prime rib roast? (Saratoga Springs)

I need a rib roast to feed 20 on Christmas. I'm thinking this means I'll need a whole 7-rib roast (approx 15 lb). I've gotten one at Price Chopper in the past (on sale) and it was decent, but thought i'd look into other options for sourcing it this time Any recommendations for where I could get a good quality roast at a reasonable price? I'm willing to drive to Albany if needed.

Thanks in advance!

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  1. If you've got a Costco in the vicinity, their beef is very good, well priced and their high inventory turn means its fresh. Some places have Prime grade for some cuts, though I personally prefer choice for a rib roast (as opposed to loin, where Prime is measurably better IMHO)

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    1. re: rjbh20

      I live in Saratoga Springs and have been very happy with the meat I have bought and the service at Sanders Meat Market. They are on Rte 50 south between Saratoga and Ballston Spa, in Carousel Village on opposite side of road from the Ocean State Job Lot. They do sell prime beef, not choice beef.
      I have also heard good things about Fred the Butcher In Halfmoon (on Rte 9). I have a coworker who lives in Loudonville but goes up to Halfmoon to buy her meat there.

      1. re: rjbh20

        There is no Costco anywhere near Saratoga Springs (FWIW).

      2. It is difficult to find truly "prime" beef around here. Most of the best end up at restaurants. If you know someone with a connection to a restaurant kitchen or staff, they may be able to order you one. If not another suggestion may be Sorrentino's in Clifton Park.

        1. Try contacting Reliable Brothers in Green Island. That's where many good restaurants order their meat from.

          1. Might try the Meat House in the shopping center next to Price Chopper at Exit 15. I can't personally vouch for their beef, but have had good experience with their pork products

            1. Sorry, should have added this to my earlier reply. BJ's warehouse, also at Exit 15 in the Wilton Mall complex, has a butcher on site, and you may be able to cut a deal with them. They do a lot of larger cuts of meat. BJ's normally has some promotion going to give you a membership card for a couple of days free of charge, so it might be worth a shot.

              1. Good Lord, I'm really ditzy tonight in this response. Let me add another suggestion. Avon Meat Market, on Van Vranken Avenue in Schenectady, normally runs an ad in the Times Union on either Tuesday or Wednesday. They have been advertising cut to order boneless prime rib for the last two weeks, any size. They have a number of butchers on site, so you may be able to get what you want. I have no experience with their prime rib or steak selections, but I have used them for lamb shanks and oxtails, with good results. Might be worth a phone call.

                1. I bought my last prime rib roast at The Meat House in Wilton and it was excellent. And yes they do carry real "prime."

                  1. Thanks all for the recs. Looks like I've got some shopping around to do. I did check with the Meat House and their price is not nearly as good as Reliable Bros. I'm thinking we'll try them this year as another friend has also recommended them. I'll report back after Christmas.

                    1. I've had rib roasts from all of the places mentioned in this post; the best I've had was from Just Meat, though, in Malta, just north of exit 12. You'll need to preorder a whole rib roast, of course. I've also had terrific beef from Roma's, in Latham, which advertises "natural beef," and Fred the Butcher, in Half Moon. Check out Just Meat.

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                      1. re: PSZaas

                        Alright- I stopped by Just Meat today and they have prime- grade rib roast with bone for $9.99/lb. Reliable Bros was $7.50/lb for choice-grade, boneless. Meat House was almost double these prices for choice and prime grade.

                        Would you spring for the prime grade roast from Just Meat?

                        1. re: bdegregory

                          Based on past experience, I've pre-ordered my seasonal rib roast from Just Meat this week.

                          1. re: PSZaas

                            Just reporting that the four-bone rib roast (about 12 lbs) from Just Meats that served as the centerpiece of our Christmas-eve meal was really just excellent.

                            1. re: PSZaas

                              Thanks for the feedback. It's good to know that sometimes our collective responses, varied as they may be, actually result in one of them helping somebody.

                              1. re: trakman

                                We'll know that if begregory replies. bdegregory, how as your rib roast? Where did you buy it?

                                1. re: PSZaas

                                  I bought my whole rib roast from Just Meat and it was delicious. I also ended up picking up a second smaller roast from Price Chopper at the last minute (nervous about not having enough), which was also delicious. I guess it is difficult for prime rib to NOT be delicious! Thanks everyone for the recommendations.