Thursday, September 24, 2009

Ottomanelli's Meat Market

Ottomanelli’s is a classic, one of the last of its kind. When they opened eighty or so years ago on Bleecker near 7th there was a neighborhood butcher in every neighborhood in America — now it’s a rarity in New York, an anomaly in most places. Ottomanelli’s was one of the first butchers to source free‐range poultry and pasture‐raised meats, but the real contribution they make is their practice and maintenance of what has become a severely endangered set of skills, of artistry really, that bridges the wide gap between the animal in the field and the food in the pan. Frank, Peter and Jerry hand‐cut the best fresh meat and poultry in New York for over 35 years, and with all due respect to the creativity of the chefs and the perseverance of the farmers, these guys are the unsung heroes of the Slow Food movement. They are a real treasure.


Unseen Rajasthan said...

Hi Ken !! This is a fantastic shot !! I loved the post..Great..Hope now you are perfectly fine after injury.?Unseen Rajasthan

Lily Hydrangea said...

I love how the woman is a bit blurry, nice movement in this phot.
It's good to know there are still artisans around like the ones you described.

altadenahiker said...

Well written KM! (Well shot of course, but that goes without saying.) And I agree with Unseen, hope your recovery has been a smooth one.

Jacob said...

It's funny how sometimes you see what you want to see. I opened up the photo and the words, "Hot tamale" came immediately to mind.

I must have put them together from the name...

Silly, I know. Hard to imagine a store in the same place for 80 plus years!

marley said...

Not only is that a great store front but a gem of a business. Butchers are rare here too.

Virginia said...

OH what a fabulous shot. Love it love it love it.
BTW, I"m thinking about you LOTS my friend. Prayers are going up from Bham! Smooches,

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slim said...

This store frontage has got the real patina . . . from the copper embossed sign to the well seasoned wood and columns and brass doorplate. What a treasure to have a butcher shop in the neighborhood. I've enjoyed scrolling through your recent posting . . . lots of interesting businesses and storefronts.

Birdman said...

This is a 'treasure' too. Love those street shots... and great colors too.

Luis Gomez said...

Love the store front and the colors. Great picture. You are right butchers are "the unsung heroes of the Slow Food movement."

B SQUARED said...

Great places. All but gone, now.

Laurie said...

Hope you are feeling better Ken!!!

James said...

Cool picture Ken. I was just going through my NY shots and noticed that I have a picture of "Ottomanelli Bros" that I took in the Upper West Side.

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