Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Florence Prime Meats

Inspired by the marrow bones from Prune, I set out to get my own bones at Florence Prime Meats last Friday.

They sawed them in half for me and charged $1.75/pound. They were also slicing up a section of bacon, so I got me some of that as well.

Here's a picture of the booty.

I like Florence because they are excellent, high-quality, service-oriented butchers. I once ordered a butterflied leg of lamb from them, and they brought out the aged lamb carcass, hacked off the leg, presented it and asked if that was what I wanted, then de-boned and butterflied it right in front of me. I'd never seen meat butchered with such skill. It made me think that the connotations of the word "butcher" give the butchers at Florence a bad name. They need to come up with a new verb for how the butchers at Florence do their thing.

Similarly, if you order a Porterhouse, they will bring out the entire side of beef, cut and saw off your steak and trim it just right.

In other words, Florence Prime Meats is everyone's fantasy of what the ideal butcher is.

Florence Prime Meats
5 Jones St (near W 4th St)
New York, NY 10014
(212) 242-6531

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