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Buying Fresh Squab

pups224 Dec 30, 2012 02:09 PM

I was at Eataly this week and noticed that a single squab from Pat LaFrieda was a whopping $23.00.
I've seen fresh squab in the Chinatown markets and I wonder if it is any good (livery, somewhat gamey, etc.).
I am not a big fan of D'artagnan squab. Once purchased some fabulous squab from Bo-Bo chicken at the new amsterdam market but they never have it any more.
Any thoughts?

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    knucklesandwich RE: pups224 Dec 30, 2012 02:55 PM

    I can't tell whether you think gaminess is good or not.

    I've had squab in Chinatown in its barbecued form, and it was characteristically squabby.

    I believe almost all the squab sold in the northeast comes from the Delmarva area.

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      fourunder RE: pups224 Jan 26, 2013 11:59 AM

      If the market in Chinatown sells Bo Bo Chicken.....I would assume the Partridge is from Bo Bo Poultry as well.

      1. bobjbkln RE: pups224 Jan 26, 2013 06:37 PM

        If you're willing to go to nearby Brooklyn (Bergen St. station on the F line) Los Paisanos www.lospaisanosmeatmarket.com/ has (with advance order) the best selection with the best prices for high quality meat and poultry game in NYC. They're very helpful and friendly. Give them a call.

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          mitchleeny RE: pups224 Jan 27, 2013 07:23 AM

          I shop at a butcher on Catherine Street. They sell quail, squab, partridge, etc...but only the partridge are fresh; the quail and squab are frozen.

          If memory serves me right, the quail are 6 for $10. The squab are about $7 each. And the partridge are 2 for $15.

          1. rifkind81 RE: pups224 Jan 28, 2013 11:55 AM

            Maybe try Esposito's on 37th & 9th. They have a wide range of game birds it seems.

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