The Meat House
1085 Northern Blvd. Roslyn, NY 516-307-9880
The Meat House is doing everything within its power to get your business. The butcher shop-specialty market teems with Meat House-shirted employees greeting you, asking if you need help, carrying shopping bags to your car. The Roslyn store, which opened last week, is the 29th in a chain with locations in 10 states.
The butcher counter has pride of place along the spacious store's back wall and is presided over by veteran meat guy John Timmermann. In addition to fresh beef, pork, sausages and veal, his freezer case holds rabbit, elk, ostrich and wild boar. "And if there's a meat or a cut of meat that we don't have," he said, "just call and we'll get it."
The Meat House's signature cut is the "steak tip," a tender chunk from the bottom sirloin. The tips get marinated in about 20 different concoctions, a half dozen of which are for sale every day ($9.99 a pound). I hope the Korean kalbi tips are always on offer; I could hardly come up with a tastier marinade on my own.
That first Meat House, opened in Portsmouth, N.H., in 2003, was conceived as a straight-ahead butcher shop, but over the years, the store evolved to cater to much more than the customers' raw-meat needs. In Roslyn, there's a small selection of fresh seafood, produce and grocery items. Don't feel like cooking? The store sells plenty of prepared entrees and side dishes (we sampled a good Southwestern corn salad and a melange of roasted squash), along with bread, cheese and desserts from Taste of Home in North Bellmore. Can't wait to get home to eat? The Meat House has a full deli counter; they'll make you a sandwich to eat in the car. -- Erica Marcus (Newsday / Feb. 2, 2012)