Remarkably, NYC’s Chelsea neighborhood is still also known as the Meat Packing District. I say this because nightclubs and art galleries now easily overshadow any presence of freshly butchered flanks of meat hanging from hooks in refrigerated warehouses. But there are still some visible vestiges of this industry here like Esposito Pork Shop. Located on the corner of 38th & 9th Avenue, the outside storefront looks like it’s been untouched since the 1960′s with simple lettered signage and institutional white panels surrounding smudged and smoky windows that implacably advertise the coveted goods to denizens of the street. This shop doesn’t need to impress or entice, it’s already been well established for decades as the neighborhood’s go-to butcher shop.
In the same league as Gristedes and Citerella for quality meats, Esposito’s opened its doors in 1933 showcasing the benefits of a local butcher…fresher meats, locally grown and most importantly….cheaper prices. The lower price feature is thankfully the one standard that’s remained constant even as other gourmet stores have predictably adjusted upward in this regard. As far as top quality meats are concerned, Esposito’s is known for prepared pork…specifically fresh made sausages. One of the largest distributors of sausage in NYC, their Hot & Spicy is the most popular for accompanying Italian dishes but depending on the season, their selection can range from:
- Chicken Apple
- Sweet Sausage with Fennel (Luganica)
- Cheese and Parsley
- Breakfast (smaller links)
- Peppers & Onions
- Broccoli Rabe & Mozzarella
The best news of all is that you don’t have to be a New Yorker to enjoy Esposito’s meats. They sell directly from their website shipping direct to you. Give them a try for your next gathering!
Photo courtesy of Steve Mirsky