Prime Time Butcher still wraps cuts of fresh meat in charming paper parcels. Owned by the same family for more than 30 years, the shop ages cuts of Prime beef, from chopped sirloin to london broil, in Prime Time's dry coolers alongside USDA Choice cuts such as standing rib roast. The shop's Bliss Burger patties are conjured from a blend of ground brisket and short ribs.
Prime Time Butcher also stocks a cornucopia of prepared foods, such as beef lasagna and beef-stuffed cabbage, or classic sandwich fillings such as genoa salami and Boar's Head bologna. Customers can custom-order catering and party packages to feed hungry partiers with entrees such as chicken marsala and eggplant parmesan, sides of teriyaki rice and house-made potato chips, and platters of cookies that disguise Cookie Monster's jury summons.
Meats, cheeses, fruits, and veggies line the counters and display cases at DaVinci Gourmet Market, where chefs draw upon a palette of fresh ingredients to compose take-home entrees and catered meals each day. To-go containers nearly overflow with wild-rice salad or crab cakes, and entrees of grilled salmon or roasted chicken make for ephemeral table centerpieces. The sun rises over omelets and traditional two-egg breakfasts, and the lunch menu’s specialty paninis invoke the Leaning Tower of Pisa with their stacked toppings and unstable groundwork of toasted ciabatta bread.
Operating since the early 1900s and voted Best Petting Zoo of 2011 by readers of the Long Island Press, White Post Farms stimulates visitors with a smorgasbord of exciting diversions. Guests commune with an exotic menagerie of man’s second-best friends in the petting zoo, home to zebras, kangaroos and a sublimely patient giant tortoise. Friends of the feathered can hang out at Ronnie’s Birdie Landing, a free-flight aviary that boasts a 70-foot waterfall and a flock of parakeets that moonlight as a Flock of Seagulls cover band (feed, $0.92–$4.61, is not included). Guests can also enjoy the company of faux furry companions, gawking at the spectacle of the animatronic Animal Band Jamboree and the Singin’ Chicken Show.
Called “an emporium of the delicious” by the New York Times, Bernard’s unites the freewheeling grab-baggery of a high-end market with the charm and comfort of an intimate café. The deli menu unites a slew of sandwiches, wraps, paninis, and pizzas, including options such as the teriyaki-glazed flank steak sandwich buttressed by onions, spinach, and melted mozzarella ($8.99) and the gourmet honey-mustard pizza ($7.49). Those whose daily grind grinds right through lunch hour can shop for what the New York Times lauds as “four star takeout” from Bernard’s menu of prepared fare. Quell hunger pangs by the pound with orzo salad and shiitake mushrooms ($9.99), orange-ginger or balsamic-glazed chicken ($11.99 each), beef bourguignon ($10.99), and a variety of other comestible sundries alchemized into dynamic dinners and peerless picnic fare.
Goods from all regions of Italy jostle for attention in the wide front windows of A.S. Fine Foods, whose owners aim to represent the entire Italian peninsula in the stock of their deli and store. More than 35 years of experience inform their selection of epicurean goods, which range from house-made fresh mozzarella to gourmet pastas and their wardrobes of oils, sauces, and San Marzano tomatoes. The shop stays true to its origins as a pork and beef purveyor with a bountiful Italian deli counter that vends Tuscan porchetta and prosciutto de parma as well as home-made sopressata and capicola. Fresh bread from Brooklyn bakeries stars in the lunch menu of hot sandwiches, but not in any of its straight-to-video sequels.
Lifelong friends Justin Rosberg and Jason Parent designed The Meat House to re-create the personal atmosphere of bygone neighborhood butchers. At locations around the country, knowledgeable butchers carve beef, poultry, pork, and other meats onsite and discuss cuts with customers. They can also suggest wine pairings from a list of bottles curated by a certified wine educator or marry meats to signature rubs and marinades for more flavorful cooking and grilling. For more adventurous palates, staffers will also seek out sources of wild game, such as alligator, ostrich, and boar, upon request.