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3 Must-Visit Local Butchers in Jersey City

by Danielle Lynch
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After the recent retirement and closing of Truglio’s Meat Market, locals are finding themselves wondering where they are going to go for fresh cuts of meat. With summer officially here and grilling season in full effect, we have rounded up some other great local butchers that you can pick up fresh meat, poultry, fish, and other prepared foods. Our sincere apologies to our vegan, vegetarian, pescatarian, and other non-meat eating friends but for those of you who are carnivorous, read on to learn more about some quality meat shops right here in our neighborhood. Keep reading to discover three must-visit local butchers in Jersey City.

Pampita Meat Shop {393 Central Avenue}

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The owners of this local butcher shop were born and raised in Argentina, a country that is famously known for its specific cuts of beef. Blending together their cultural roots, Pampita is a great spot for picking up high-end cuts of grass-fed meat from Argentina and the U.S. Master Butcher, Martin knows the ins and outs of it all and is happy to help guests every step of the way. They also offer prepared foods as well. We’ve been told that the homemade ravioli is nothing short of perfection. Pampita is open Tuesday to Thursday from 11:00AM-7:00PM, Friday and Saturday from 10:00PM-8:00PM, and Sunday from 10:00AM-5:00PM. The shop is closed on Mondays unless it is right before a holiday. Pick up or have your order delivered right to your home.

Moloney’s Meat Market {627 Newark Avenue}

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Moloney’s is Jersey City’s oldest butcher shop, opening its doors in 1875 and has continued to serve locals for the last 144 years. This family-owned butcher shop has quite the impressive resumé and Tom Moloney {the current owner} boasts an incredible spread of beef, pork, chicken, veal, lamb, + seafood, and also has in-house prepared Italian and Irish favorites like lasagne rollettes and black + white pudding. The shop is open Monday through Friday from 9;00AM-6:00PM and Saturday from 8:00AM-4:00PM. They are closed Sundays. Moloney’s also offers delivery service on Thursdays and Fridays within Jersey City and accepts major credit cards, too.  

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Darke Pines {332 2nd Street}

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Husband + wife dynamic duo and owners of Dark Pines butcher shop are dedicated to locally sourced, responsibly raised meat. They generously serve the Jersey City community with some of the highest quality meat around town. Their selection features hormone and antibiotic-free, 100% grass-fed beef and lamb as well as pastured pork and free-range poultry. They also offer in-house prepared foods such as sandwiches, soups, stocks, and charcuteries. They even supply meat to local restaurants. Next time you are out to dinner in the area, be sure to ask the chef where their meat is sourced from. You may be pleasantly surprised to know that it comes from Darke Pines. {Hint: The Oak on Pine and SamAM are two local spots that source from this meat shop.}

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The late Anthony Bourdain once said, “To me, life without veal stock, pork fat, sausage, organ meat, demi-glace, or even stinky cheese is a life not worth living.” For those of you out there looking for some quality meat, look no further than your own backyard. Though these butcher shops are few and far between, they are all worthy of a visit. 

Have you been to any of these local butcher shops? Let us know in the comments below! 

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