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Most popular offering: Hamburger patties and sausages
Walk-ins Welcome: Yes
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Parking: Metered street parking
Q&A with the Partner
What sets your business apart from your competition?
What sets us apart is our “Honest-to-God Guarantee” which is our strict criteria that all our animals have to meet before they enter our butchery. They are not given any steroids, antibiotics, or growth hormones. They are also humanely-raised and fed a 100% vegetarian diet. We also follow high standards set by our Islamic faith, which necessitates that our animals be hand-slaughtered.
What was the inspiration for starting this business?
We were frustrated by the lack of decent halal meat options in New York City. The ubiquity of the term 'halal' on street carts and hole-in-the-wall restaurants has negated the standards of what our faith has called for. When we started researching, we found some amazing farmers that met the halal standards, but we could never find a decent butcher shop that supplied their meat. So we decided to build our own meat store and boldly called ourselves Honest Chops. Being a company that is rooted in complete honesty is our badge of honor and our burden.
What is the best reaction you’ve ever gotten from a customer?
The best reaction we have received thus far was when a person with extreme food sensitivities tried our hot dogs for the first time after not having one in years. They were so good, and she had no side effects, so she came back a few hours later with friends and bought several more pounds.
What’s your favorite part about your job?
My favorite part about the job is engaging and educating our customers and seeing them transform into people who are passionate about ethical sourcing and quality food. I also love helping them develop a deeper understanding of where there food comes from while exploring their culinary side.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
All of our Honest Prep items are prepared fresh on our premises, daily. We use whole spices, and we never use box mixes or artificial preservatives—ever.