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Upper West Side Butcher Competes in Whole Foods Meat Meet

Butcher from Bilgit, Hunza, Pakistan. By Jobopa via Flickr.

Butchers and butchering are big. No big surprise then that Whole Foods, the organically-leaning supermarket chain, is trying to hop onto the trend. On June 22nd, you can cheer on Upper West Side butcher Orlando Vega (he wields his cleaver at the Columbus Circle Whole Foods) who will meet three other Whole Foods butchers in a face-off to determine who is the best knife man in the store’s northeast region.

Famed meat purveyor Pat LaFrieda and food writer Josh Ozersky will sit on the panel of judges.

You’ll have to take the train to the Bowery store, but there should be some Upper West Side pride here. The only butcher to be selected for the meat meet who hails from Manhattan is an Upper West Side-based meat carver. Perhaps that’s appropriate. After all, we Upper West Siders love our grocery stores.

Here are the details:

WHAT: Whole Foods Market’s Best Butcher Competition brings together what the chain claims are Whole Food’s top butchers in the Northeast. Contestants will be graded on items like presentation and efficiency. Other categories include workmanship, visual appeal, cleanliness, knife-handling skills, and trim specification.

WHO: Whole Foods Market northeast region butchers tasked with cutting up their meat in less than three minutes. Butchers include: Orlando Vega(WFM Columbus Circle), Jim Crookston (WFM White Plains), Chris Durko (WFM Madison, New Jersey) and Sal Cacicia (WFM Lake Grove Commons)

JUDGES: On the panel are Pat LaFrieda, along wit food writer Josh Ozersky as well as a Whole Foods official.

WHEN: JUNE 22ND, 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

WHERE: Whole Foods Market Bowery, 95 East Houston St.

 

 

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Upper West Side: Broadway Farm to Open Fresh Fish Counter

The Upper West Side supermarket wars have a new entrant—Broadway Farm, the venerable market that’s been selling fruits, vegetables and other goods to the neighborhood for years.

Now the market, located just south of 86th Street, is expanding. By the end of September, the store hopes to have ready a new fresh fish counter and a larger selection of packaged meats. Included will be more kosher offerings.

Broadway Farm, Jan. 1997. Photo: Ed Yourdon, via flickr

Broadway Farm, Jan. 1997. Photo: Ed Yourdon, via flickr

Why the new venture?

General Manager Kabir Abdullah said shoppers have been asking Broadway Farm to supply them with fresh fish. Kosher meat is another frequent request, he said.

“On the Upper West Side between 75th and 95th streets, there’s no fish or meat store,” he said, adding that customers living in that area don’t want to trek down to the 70s to shop for those items at Fairway and Citarella.

Broadway Farm
2341 Broadway
New York, NY
646 505 0808
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East Side Butcher to Move to Upper West Side

Schatzie’s Prime Meats, a butcher that’s been located at 88th and Madison for 30 years, is moving to the Upper West Side.   The new location is 87th and Amsterdam.

Why the move across the Park?  “I want to get closer to California,” joked butcher Schatzie, the owner of the longtime Madison Avenue meat market, who added that the real reason for the move is that ” “rents have tripled” on his stretch of the Upper East Side.

Right now, there’s a stop work order slapped on the front door of the Amsterdam Avenue space, but assuming that that’s taken care of, the shop is planning to open in early April, perhaps in time for Passover.

Known for its top-quality meat and poultry, Schatzie’s also has gained fame for its “Dirty Brisket Sandwich.”  And the butcher gets raves for his rendition of roast beef on rye.  “His roast beef sandwich is a model of simple beefy deliciousness,” says Serious Eats.

Schatzie’s is moving into the recently vacated gift shop next to the Popover Cafe.  On the same block is Barney Greengrass, the dairy eatery.  For an area with a sizable population of observant Jews, it’s perhaps significant that the row of stores will now be bookended by a dairy restaurant on one end and a meat purveyor on the other.

Many neighborhood residents still mourn the departure of Oppenheimer’s last summer.  That butcher, who used to be located on Broadway and 100th, shut his retail operation completely. Perhaps the arrival of Schatzie’s will help fill that void.

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