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Giovanni Esposito & Sons
Mon-Sat, 8am-6:30pm; Sun, closed
Nearby Subway Stops
A, C, E at 34th St.-Penn Station; 1, 2, 3 at 34th St.-Penn Station
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Need a whole suckling pig or lamb hearts? Even the most unusual requests can be met within 24 hours at this family-run butcher, a West Side favorite for more than 100 years. The bone saw is always awhir inside the clean, fluorescent-lit room, dominated, of course, by the meat showcase and the amusingly dated celebrity photos on the walls (Brenda Vaccaro and Pat Cooper, anyone?). The men in white coats may even offer cooking tips as they coach you through cuts of meat, poultry and game. Esposito's is primarily known for its pork, however, so much so that it manufactures 10,000 pounds of sausage for area restaurants each week. So don't go home without some house-made links, like the hot Italian varieties or meat, broccoli, and mozzarella-stuffed tubes, all great with the selection of fresh-baked breads brought in from Valente Bakery of Fairview, New Jersey. Anyone who wants to test-drive the terrific combo can visit the shop's long-standing booth at the annual Ninth Avenue Food Festival—the only time you can buy the sausage ready to eat.