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Some things are better when they’re new but most things just have that irreplaceable charm when they’re old, like these classic New York City butcher shops. NYC was once filled with meat markets on almost every corner, however, today only a handful remain and we’re lucky that they do. With authentic butchery techniques that are more than half a century old, quality meats and shop locations around the boroughs, there is no doubt that New Yorkers are continuing to support family owned businesses.

13. Karl Ehmer

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Located at 185-24 Horace Harding Expressway, this Queens butcher shop has been in business since 1932. Specializing in European and German style products, Karl Ehmer’s stays loyal to an old fashion style of butchery. Connie, a butcher at Ehmer’s since 1964 said that the quality and taste of the products are in part contributed to a blend of specialty spices. Products range from chicken to lamb to spiced meats and even wursts. Karl Ehmer’s is open seven days a week from 7:30am to 6:00pm.

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4 Comments

  1. Marcos Sueiro says:

    I have to give a shoutout to a couple of places in my ‘hood: the amazing International Meat Market (http://www.thecitycook.com/shopping/data/000248) (which we call the United Nations, since they seem to speak about a dozen languages) and Muncan Foods, (http://muncanfoodcorp.com/about_us.aspx), both in Astoria. There are many other worthy ones –just look for the “Baby L:amb, Baby Goat, Baby Pig” signs.

    • michelle young says:

      Love this, thank you Marcos! Would you be interested in writing a guide to Astoria for Untapped Cities?

  2. Chuck Roast says:

    When I was a kid there was an Ehmer’s on South Broadway in Yonkers. From the look of the logo in your picture it was the same company. My girlfriend and my future sister-in-law mispronounced it “eye mers”. They had those great little chocolates wrapped in gold foil that had the lightest hint of mint. I wish I could find them. Or at least remember the name.

  3. Bob Oppedisano says:

    Nice piece, but G. Esposito’s Pork Store is in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn; Schaller and Weber is on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, but more importantly in Yorkville; and Esposito in Manhattan is in Hell’s Kitchen: never heard of Midtown West..

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