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Frank's Butcher Shop
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A, C, E at 14th St.; L at Eighth Ave.
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This venue is closed.
The Chelsea Market is a quirky enough place already, with sculptures growing out of the floor, and artfully crumbling brick arches connecting the passageways between one room of the gourmet food hall to the next. But even in this setting, Frank's Butcher Shop stands out as an anachronism—an old-fashioned butcher shop with big men in stained aprons, wielding sharp knives and willing to butcher a chicken to your specifications or to explain the difference between strip steak, sirloin, and filet mignon, all of which are displayed in their red, rippling, and marbled glory. At a separate window you can order eggplant parmigiana or a meatball hero, as well as roast beef and turkey sandwiches. And if that weren't enough, the shop also opens directly onto a full-on restaurant. At first it appears to be a surreal set design, but it's an opulent outpost of the famous Frank's Restaurant (the same Frank) serving both steaks and traditional large-portioned red-sauce Italian.