Meat Lover Gift?
I wanted to get my dad some nice steak for Christmas that he could cook at home because, although he loves red meat, my mom doesn't eat it so he rarely buys it. I looked into ordering some beef online from Peter Luger's, Niman Ranch, and Lobel's, but the prices weren't great and the shipping fees were even worse. Just didn't seem worth it.
He lives in the 'burbs and doesn't visit me in Manhattan much so a gift card to a steak place in the city wouldn't be very useful.
Does anyone have any alternative suggestions?
Are you looking to buy something in the City to physically present to him? (You mention mail ordering Lobel's; you could go to the store and buy to avoid shipping.) If it's the prices you don't like about Lobel's, look at Ottomanelli's; Faicco (for sausages); Japan Premium Beef (associated with Bohemian) for wagyu.
Since you are open to mail order, I suggest you post on the General Topics Board for those suggestions.
This just came through on UrbanDaddy. Not for the CSA per se, but suggested as a visit to the butcher shop.
And of course, Pat La Frieda (duh!)
I'm not sure I'm going to be able to keep the meat properly refrigerated during my holiday travels, so that's why I started investigating mail order options. But you're totally right I could go to the store if I can work that out.
The meat prices were fine at most of these places, but, for example, at Niman Ranch the shipping fees were $41. I understand they have to make special accommodations to ship these meats, but that was a bit steep to me. I could buy another sirloin with that money! ;-)
Anyway, good advice re: the General Topics board...