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Feb 26, 2012 08:48 AM

Hungarian Meat Markets?

The Yorkville Meat Emporium in Manhattan is closed and I am craving those little bacon'esque snacks... Any possibilities in the Outer Boroughs?

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  1. Hi rschwim,

    I never went to the Yorkville Meat Emporium so I'm not sure what those snacks were like but I'd recommend checking out Muncan's (two locations - Astoria and Ridgewood).

    Both have wonderful, voluminous selections of delectable eastern European meats - a true sausage party if ever there was one.

    Smokey and not, Hungarian and hot, Croatian, Romanian, etc. It's overwhelming actually.

    The Astoria location is more convenient to Manhattan if that's where you're coming from but Ridgewood has the advantage of being close to several other European style butchers as well in the event that Muncan's doesn't have what you want. (Ridgewood Pork Store, Morscher's Pork Store, Zum Stammtisch Pork Store)

    Please note - out of all of the above, Zum Stammtisch is the only one open on Sundays (it closes on Mondays).

    Hope this helps you out!


    Glendale is hungry...

    Zum Stammtisch
    69-46 Myrtle Ave, Queens, NY 11385

    Muncan Food Corp.
    43-09 Broadway, Queens, NY 11103

    Muncan Food Corp.
    60-86 Myrtle Ave, Queens, NY 11385

    Ridgewood Pork Store
    516 Seneca Ave, Queens, NY 11385

    Morscher's Pork Store
    58-44 Catalpa Ave, Queens, NY 11385

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    1. re: Glendale is hungry

      The fried bacon pieces were the equivalent to cuchofritos... Taste incredible... Instant death but die happy

      1. re: rschwim

        Muncan delivers on a killer jumari (or fried pork rind.)

        1. re: NewYorkNewHaven

          The Muncan on Myrtle kindly annotates this as jumari (Romanian), cevarci (Serbo-Croatian), and teparto (Hungarian; BYO diacritical marks throughout). Ironically, this is one of their offerings that least needs annotation: It's unmistakable as a bin of fried pork rinds.

          Dave Cook

    2. R, at least their website says its only temporary....

      but hey what about this Euro Shop in Sunnyside?

      and there is this yelp entry for another place (maybe not Hungarian) in the same area

      Euro Shop
      42-07 Queens Blvd, Queens, NY 11104

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      1. re: jen kalb

        The Yorkville Meat Emporium had intended to reopen last autumn, and then again before Christmas. Still shuttered; doesn't look good. And, unfortunately, that Euro Shop couldn't make a go of it; they've been out of business for some time. The Sunnyside Meat Market is Romanian-owned, I believe, rschwim, but I bet they'll know of what you speak.

        Dave Cook

        Sunnyside Meat Market
        43-10 43rd St, Queens, NY 11104

        1. re: DaveCook

          Thanks, Dave and Jen! Hopefully heading out there soon!

          1. re: rschwim

            Went to Muncan on Myrtle today... Wow, that's exactly what I was looking for! Great place... Myrtle she wrote...

            Muncan Food Corp.
            60-86 Myrtle Ave, Queens, NY 11385

            1. re: rschwim

              Hi rschwim,

              Very glad you checked out Muncan! Smokey Eastern European meat is amazing!

              I hope you'll return to the Ridgewood/Glendale frontier sometime and try some of the other meat meccas in the area. I think Morscher's is also quite good though they're more of a fresh sausage/fresh meat butcher of the Slovenian-German variety whereas Muncan is run/owned by Romanians who used to live in an ethnic conclave in Croatia. (perhaps your visit could inspire a pan-Balkan-themed composition?)


              Glendale is hungry...

              1. re: Glendale is hungry

                pan-Bacon-themed composition may be more likely... Are you a musician?

                1. re: rschwim

                  Many moons ago, in a far off place, but not lately.

                  Hope your Pan-Bacon Symphony sizzles!


                  Glendale is hungry...

                  1. re: Glendale is hungry

                    Indeed. Timo and John Muncan, the brothers who kicked off the party, were raised in the former Yugoslavia before emigrating here. I find their Istran products (pancetta, etc.) to be particularly good. Not to say everything there is wonderful. But, alas, I digress.

                    Also, I prefer to drop in to the Astoria location. Despite Ridgewood's association with Eastern Europeans, their first store was actually their Broadway location. And you catch Timo there, if you're lucky. (Does he also work the Ridgewood store?) He's an affable guy.

      2. Small Hungarian grocery in Brooklyn.

        Kek Duna
        5802 13th Ave., Dyker Heights, Brooklyn

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        1. re: Geo8rge

          Wow, never knew about this. Has it been around for a while? Do they carry good quality paprika and real Hungarian salami? Must take my Hungarian mother while she's in town.

        2. Here in Astoria in addition to Muncan's we also have Euro Market, which carries a wide variety of Balkan smoked meats and sausages such as soujouk as well as Greek and gourmet specialty items. Their smoked bacon is amazing.
          3042 31st St
          Astoria, NY 11102

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          1. re: Astoristani

            What else do you recommend from the meat counter, Astoristani? The array is amazing and the smell of the smoked meats is so tempting. Some random things I've picked, though, have been so dry and hard as to be inedible, which makes me wonder about the frequency of turnover.

            On another note, their international beer selection has to be the best in Queens.

            1. re: versicle

              Try the spicy,s a smoked spicy beef version of speck. Has to be a top five meat dish for me. Ask for a sample, you wil be glad you did