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G. E. Cuzins Food Market

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520 Ninth Ave., New York, NY 10018 40.756421 -73.994051
nr. 39th St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-736-5737 Send to Phone

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  • Type: Gourmet Marketplace
  • Products & Services: Butchers/Fishmarkets

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A, C, E at 42nd St.-Port Authority Bus Terminal

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The first hint that Cuzins is more than just another old-fashioned, sawdust-sprinkled butcher shop can be found propped in the front window: a hand-scribbled sign listing the availability of alligator, kangaroo, antelope, boar, elk, and ostrich. With these and many other exotic meats on offer, both in special-order cuts and sausage form, Cuzins is a hard-core carnivore’s delight. The spot is run by Giulio Eliseo, whose business card reads “Meat Artist” and who has built a reputation on his crown roast of lamb and pork as well as other specialties like rolled flank steak stuffed with spinach and mozzarella. Cuzins, which has been in the same location since the early eighties, also sells traditional ethnic favorites like suckling pigs, whole baby goats, tripe, and pig’s trotters from their massive old display case. Check the freezer for black pudding, bison dogs, partridge, and some fairly swanky chicken links made with cognac and hazelnuts, plus lots, lots more. Handy wall charts help customers identify different quarters of cow and pig.

Holiday Plans

Order a Thanksgiving turkey, Christmas goose, or Easter ham two weeks ahead of time; supplies of exotica and special-prepped items like piglets and fowl tend to dwindle closer to the day.