New York has always been a meat city. Beef, pork, veal. It came in on big rig and rail from the midwest, and hung on hooks on the far west side. Men hauled it and hacked it and aged it and everybody was happy. Those days are gone, and the meatpacking district is now all nightclubs. But there are still some great butchers in New York City. And this is who they are.
To tell the honest truth, Pino's meat is probably not the finest in America. But Pino himself is an institution, and his tiny, ancient shop a New York classic.
Along with Pino's and Ottomanelli's, Florence is one of the holy trinity of old-time Greenwich Village butchers, and definitely not the worst. True service butchers with an absolute command of their craft, they will really work with you.
If you had to pick one place that typifies the classic New York butcher shop, it would have to be this Bleecker street institution, helmed by the venerable Frank Ottomanelli.
A great old-school west side meat market, Esposito excels at sausage. But maybe get your beef elsewhere.
The great New York market, Fairway has locations all around town, but they all have huge inventories, good prices, world-class olive oils, and probably the best retail meat program I've ever seen.
The Barney's of beef, this east side butcher sells some of the best -- and most expensive -- meat in the city. Still great, but no longer the only game in town. The city has caught up with Lobel's.
Nothing to see here, folks -- just a fantastic New York meat market that only the neighborhood knows about. The beef is just OK but the guys are a treasure and the pork and veal are extraordinary.
Everyone loves this place, one of the last unreconstructed Italian specialty shops in the village. Go for the sausage but stay for the prosciutto bread, the pizza rustica, and the prepared foods.
This place is a fine kitchen store that happens to have one of the best butcher shops in NYC, The Meat Hook, inside it. The pork and beef are of varying quality but look out for the incredible specialty sausages, which are truly unique.
Painstakingly curated, ethically sourced, and expertly cut meats are the boast of this Chelsea Market store, which along with Fleishers represents the modern meat movement at its best.
Hands down, this is the greatest gourmet market New York has ever seen. Its restaurants aside, the meat counter, the cheese and salumi sections, and the vast pasta selection put the place in a class all its own.
The best and most famous of the new breed of natural butchers, Joshua Applestone is a true master of his craft, and carries some of the best heritage meats in the city. A must-visit for serious students of meat.