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Buying Fresh Squab

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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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  1. 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.

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

      1. 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.

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