• Truglio’s Meat Market: A Family-Owned Butcher Shop

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    So much has changed in Hoboken over the last 67 years, but there is an old-school butcher shop Truglio’s Meat Market on the corner of 10th and Park {1000 Park Avenue} still thriving on the time-honored values of Hoboken hospitality. Carnivores will rejoice at the quality of meat as each order is custom-made right in front of you. Every order being made fresh is definitely a different experience from picking up meat pre-wrapped in plastic from a supermarket. Don’t worry about feeling intimidated by the idea of walking into a butcher shop afraid of not knowing how to order – the two brothers who own the shop, Joe and Stevie Truglio treat everyone who walks in like they’re part of the family.

    Truglios Meat Market

    “We don’t pre-cut. We take [each piece of meat] one by one and we serve them like my father used to serve them. My father used to say “Whatever goes on my table, goes on your table,” Stevie said.

    “Usually when new customers come in and see the grinder they say, ‘Oh, that’s how chopped meat is made?’ They never saw it made before,” Joe added.

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    Here’s what to expect when you walk in – sawdust on the floor, butcher blocks being put to good use, the buzzing of a bandsaw, and local neighbors mingling among customers who have since moved out of Hoboken, but still choose to come back into town just to shop there. The finest cuts of beef, pork, chicken, and turkey will be on display – not to be overshadowed by the famously popular homemade Italian sausage.

    The History of Truglio’s 

    Truglios Meat Market Old Shop

    {Albert, Joe and Stevie photographed together in the “old store” in 1975. Photo courtesy of Michael Flanagan}

    Truglios inside

    {Snapshot of the “old store,” where Albert’s hats still proudly hangs}

    When Albert Truglio first bought the business in 1952 {later to buy the building in 1955}, the butcher shop was serving patrons from 252 10th Street, which is on the side street of the building and a German deli was open in the front half of the store. When the deli closed in 1989, with the help of Albert’s two sons, Joe and Stevie, the business expanded to the front and further grew into the shop that the two brothers established and remains today. Customers will marvel at the “old store” in the back, as the brothers call it, which looks like an actual time-capsule. Al’s hats still proudly hung in the window.

    Truglio’s Today 

    Truglios brothers

    {Joe and Stevie Truglio receiving a proclamation from Mayor Ravi Bhalla on June 24, 2018 recognizing the significance of Truglio’s Meat Market’s role within the Hoboken Community over the last 67 years}

    Joe and Stevie have been working in the butcher shop since grade school and are true masters of their craft. Part of the expansion meant that the shop began to sell wholesale orders to restaurants on top of the personal, hands-on orders. Without knowing it, you’ve probably have eaten meat from Truglio’s Meat Market if you’re a regular at restaurants across Hoboken and Jersey City. Gigi’s, Leo’s Grandevous, Grand Vin, 10th Street Pizza + Pasta, Johnny Pepperoni, Skinner’s Loft, and Otto Strada are just a few restaurants that have been loyal customers serving local and high-quality meat products. Otto Strada even proudly describes its famous 16oz meatball as being made from “Truglio’s special blend” right on the menu {if you have yet to try their meatball, run, don’t walk!}. You can even order the blend for yourself if you’re up to the task of cooking it. The Truglio brothers are fibers of the Hoboken community {as well as the Hoboken meat lovers community}, where they both raised their families and still live today.

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    Truglio’s is open Monday-Friday from 9:00AM-6:00PM, Saturdays from 9:00AM-5:00PM, and is closed on Sundays.

    Pro Tips

    They will deliver your order to you for FREE if you’re unable to swing by the shop. Truglio’s is cash only so be prepared with cash or your checkbook handy.

    Local Tip: If you’re in town during the St. Ann’s Italian Festival on July 26th, every year you’ll catch a large crowd outside of the shop. Since 1991, the business has been an official stop along the festival’s procession route. The Truglio family puts water and food out for all those marching in the procession. In that moment its plain to see that the best of “old Hoboken” is still alive and well on the corner of 10th and Park.

    Have a go-to order from Truglio’s? Let us know in the comments below! 

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    Joanna was born in New York City and proudly grew up in Hoboken above her family's butcher shop, Truglio's Meat Market. Although an Uptown Hoboken Girl at heart, she now lives in downtown Hoboken with her fiancé, Matthew. After graduating from Montclair State University, she began a career in Fashion Retail Marketing. Outside of her current role as Brand Marketing Manager at Ann Taylor, she loves to travel both near and far - yet always looking forward to coming back home to enjoy the institutional local gems of Hudson County, while discovering new ways to shop local along the way.

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