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Dec 9, 2011 07:33 PM

Organ Meats in NYC or other Unusual Meats?

I like unusual meats. Tongue is available at a number of Japanese restaurants and Jewish delis. What else is out there? I am sure there's plent of "marrow". Here's a place I haven't tried, but they have amazing things on their menu which is a form of Korean barbecue developed in Japan post WWII. This one is called Takashi specializing in many cuts of beef. On their menu is amazing organ meats; four differnt cow stomachs, not just tendons, as you might get in a typical Chinese or Vietnamese resto, but achilles tendon. Kobe prosciutto. Liver, tongue, even "tongue sinew" whatever that is. Three types of cow tongue dishes besides that. Heart, cheek of course. Oxtail, sweetbreads too. Not just beef ribs, but the meet from between the ribs too. Wow. Can't wait to try it.

For amazing cuts of "chicken parts" grilled, look at the menu at Torishin Yakitori resturant. They even serve grilled "main artery" and "chicken oyster" and "knee gristle". Wow. They have a 1 star Michelin to boot. Look forward to trying it.

Has anyone tired these or have other ORGAN MEET places to suggest?

456 Hudson St, New York, NY 10011

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  1. The term you are looking for is "offal."

    Definitely try Takashi, it is excellent.

    Yakitori Totto (and probably other yakitori places) have various chicken parts.

    There's a good number of places in Chinatown, too.

    You might also be interested in the gastronauts.

    As well as the annual FergusStock celebrating Fergus Henderson.

    Other places you serving offal:

    Spotted Pig - crispy pig's ear salad, bone marrow

    The Breslin - headcheese, pig's foot, you can also do the one of the chef's table feasts that will include offal. Like for the suckling pig dinner, they bring you the ears, eyes, snout, brain, tongue, and jowl. For the lamb dinner, you get grilled liver, kidney, heart.

    Hakata Tonton - pig's feet in multiple dishes

    Momofuku Noodle Bar - pig's tails

    Craft - pork trotter, sweetbreads

    Bar Boulud (and DBGB) - head cheese terrine, pigeon/venison/wild boar terrine, beef cheek, lamb
    terrine, snails, boudin noir, and boudin blanc

    Casa Mono - sweetbreads, foie gras, duck egg with mojama, bone marrow, tripe with blood sausage, confit goat

    Babbo - lamb's tongue, tripe, goose liver ravioli, lamb's brains ravioli, beef cheek ravioli, sweetbreads, duck, rabbit

    Manzo - sweetbreads, brains, tongue, pig's tail

    Txikito - foie gras, veal jowl terrine, blood sausage, beef tongue, trotters/tripe/tendon

    Fatty Cue WV -- deep fried 1/2 rabbit

    Picholine - IIRC they have a game tasting menu that happens every fall/winter

    Yakitori Totto - chicken liver, chicken gizzard, chicken heart, chicken knee, chicken neck, chicken tail, chicken oyster ("rare part of chicken thigh"


    Blue Ribbon Brasserie - escargot, sweetbreads, pigeon, bone marrow

    Prune - snails, tripe, bone marrow, sweetbreads, they also are known for their monkfish liver, but I don't think it's currently on the menu

    Kabab Cafe in Queens (one of my favorite places ever) - testicles (on occasion), beef cheek, lamb's brains, duck liver, etc.

    Xian Famous Foods - "lamb's face" cold salad

    Chez Napoleon (old school French restaurant) - kidney, calf's brains, rabbit, quail, frogs legs, sweetbreads

    Despana (a spanish grocery store) - carries a lot of great products like jamon iberico, blood sausage, preserved fish roe, various forms of seafood in tins preserved in oil/sauce, and they often give out free samples.

    Yakitori Totto
    251 W 55th St, New York, NY 10019

    408 Broome St, New York, NY 10013

    110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

    Casa Mono
    52 Irving Place, New York, NY 10003

    Spotted Pig
    314 W 11th St, New York, NY 10014

    Blue Ribbon Brasserie
    97 Sullivan St, New York, NY 10012

    35 West 64th St., New York, NY 10023

    43 E. 19th St., New York, NY 10003

    Momofuku Noodle Bar
    171 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003

    Hakata TonTon
    61 Grove Street, New York, NY 10014

    Chez Napoleon
    365 W 50th St, New York, NY 10019

    54 E 1st St, New York, NY 10003

    Bar Boulud
    1900 Broadway, New York, NY 10023

    240 9th Ave, New York, NY 10001

    299 Bowery, New York, NY 10003

    Xi'an Famous Foods
    81 St. Marks Pl, New York, NY 10003

    The Breslin
    20 W 29th St, New York, NY 10001

    456 Hudson St, New York, NY 10011

    200 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010

    Fatty 'Cue
    50 Carmine St, New York, NY 10014

    4 Replies
    1. re: kathryn

      Wow; you know your "offall new york" quite thoroughly. GREAT LIST! Some additions I thought of:
      Atelier at Joel Robluchon: Wonderful pork cheeks terrine.
      Various Korean places: korean blood sausage called "sundae" and korean bone (including marrow) soup called sulung tang which often includes the tongue. Also oxtail soup and pork shoulder bone soupl
      Fairway: you can buy guanciale or cheak meat which is good for Amariciana sauce. For an authentic recipe from Google italy;

      Mexican? Does anyone know a good "menudo" place (tripe soup)?
      English/French/german, etc. Boudon Noir or black pudding-blood sausage.

      Fairway Market
      2127 Broadway, New York, NY 10023

      L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon
      57 E 57th St, New York, NY 10022

      1. re: foodlovergeneral

        Pastis has an excellent tripe.

        9 9th Ave, New York, NY 10014

        1. re: Delucacheesemonger

          The best tripe dish offered in NYC is available at Patsy's for a $25 price.

        2. re: foodlovergeneral

          Some tripe soup places:

          El Malecon has decent mondongo.
          Stage Restaurant has decent Polish tripe soup.

          El Malecon
          764 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025

          Stage Restaurant
          128 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

      2. Takashi is a great Beef roller coaster tour of beef- heart, stomach(s), all is good still need to try alll the menu but go with alot of people and share everything, the sea urchin wagyu and shiso-great! order 2
        Yakatori Totto killing it with all things chicken- gizzards and chicken "oysters" awesome, livers, and some really super speacil off the menu items, always go early and ask the staff.
        Bar Boulud is the pork prince- boudin noir perfect, great nose to tail menu, and lots of special to always check out
        all these guys deliver something special and dont miss
        try em

        Yakitori Totto
        251 W 55th St, New York, NY 10019

        Bar Boulud
        1900 Broadway, New York, NY 10023

        456 Hudson St, New York, NY 10011

        1. Brushstroke for pork cheeks,
          Recette for sweetbreads and the marrow dish
          Maharlika for the sisig ( pork ears, liver, other, and other), balout ( duck fetus)
          Sa Aming nayon for Filipino dinuguan ( pork blood stew, made with pork liver, lungs, kidneys, snouts, ears, intestines, heart all simmered in pig blood and other ingredients like vinegar etc) Some places don't use as much offal.

          328 West 12th Street, New York, NY 10014

          111 First Ave, New York, NY 10003

          30 Hudson St, New York, NY 10013

          Sa Aming Nayon
          201 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003

          1. Congee Village has some good duck blood dishes. I've had duck blood with either scallions or yellow chives there, and another duck blood dish with ginger and scallions. Both were good, though salty.

            Very good morcilla (blood sausage) at Buenos Aires, a good and good-value Argentinian steakhouse in the East Village.

            A number of places have very good foie gras dishes. I haven't been to Jean Georges for a while but that's one of the places where I've had excellent foie gras.

            I've had excellent sweetbreads at several places, too, including the Modern (might have been the bar).

            Offal really is not uncommon on New York menus.

            Jean Georges
            1 Central Park W, New York, NY 10023

            Buenos Aires
            513 E 6th St, New York, NY 10009

            The Modern
            9 West 53rd Street, New York, NY 10019

            Congee Village
            100 Allen St, New York, NY 10002

            1. Just wanted to add that right now Per Se is offering an offal tasting menu in addition to their regular and vegetarian tastings.

              Per Se
              10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019