Beyond the Butcher Shop
Prime Cuts from Lobel's of New York
Would you believe Harrison Ford, Calvin Klein and Whoopi Goldberg all frequent the same butcher shop? They may not be standing in line holding numbered tickets, but they are all customers of Lobel's Prime Meats. The Lobel family has been in the meat business since the 1840s, when Nathan Lobel began raising beef cattle in Austria. Later generations of the family moved to the United States and in 1954 established the butcher shop at 1096 Madison Ave. in Manhattan, which is still a thriving business.
The Lobel family's online business, Lobel's of New York, now sells meat to customers in all 50 states. Unlike other online purveyors, Lobel's does not freeze their beef, preferring to dry-age it for four to six weeks. Each order is hand-cut, individually vacuum-sealed, securely packed and delivered overnight. In order to leave a safe margin of error, even though most of their orders are delivered within twenty hours from the time they are packed, Lobel's products are packaged to withstand up to 48 hours of unrefrigerated shipping.
The family knows that today's discerning customers want top quality, such as USDA high-prime, grass-fed and Wagyu beef, all-natural lamb and poultry, as well as veal from formula-fed animals that are not penned. Lobel's product line has recently expanded to include Berkshire pork, artisanal sausages, sauces, condiments and seasonings, specialty foods and other merchandise. We sampled their USDA Prime porterhouse and bone-in rib steaks. The porterhouse, as it contains both a strip steak and a full portion of filet mignon, is one of Lobel's most popular. We didn't feel the need to season either of these steaks, which are already so full of flavor, and succulently tender.
Lobel's high quality products do come at a price, but we think it is worth it for special occasions. Their densely marbled Wagyu beef, for example, can cost up to $125 per pound. For those seeking meat of the highest quality, Lobel's Prime Meats is the place to go. Or rather, place your order online and let Lobel's come to you.
Call 877-783-4512 or visit www.lobels.com
(Updated: 08/19/13 RD)
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