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Catherine Street Meat Market

21 Catherine St., New York, NY 10038 40.712952 -73.997119
nr. Henry St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-693-0494 Send to Phone

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  • Price Range: ($$) Mid-Range
  • Type: Gourmet Marketplace
  • Products & Services: Butchers/Fishmarkets
Photo by Corinne Durand


Daily, 8am-8pm

Nearby Subway Stops

6, J, N, Q, R, Z to Canal St.

Payment Methods

Cash Only

Product Guide


  • Butchers/Fishmarkets


In a Chinatown ripely scented with dried fish and other market edibles, this store in the shadow and rumble of the Manhattan Bridge is a pristine shrine to meat in its myriad forms. Beautifully displayed standard butcher's merchandise like chicken, pork, and beef shares the refrigerated place of honor with skinned oxtails, halves or quarters of goats with pork tongue and tripe while Chinese sausages and canvas-wrapped Smithfield-style hams hanging on the back wall. Barrels stand open, offering bones to enrich soups and stocks. The shop also sells fresh and frozen dumplings, fish balls (of shrimp, cuttlefish and combinations with beef or pork) for poaching in soup, and a half-dozen varieties of fresh and dried noodles. Home cooks planning a Chinese feast will want to try the fresh-ground meatball mixtures, such as chicken seasoned with pork and black beans, and choose among the wonton skins, satay-sauce mixes and other supporting players lining the shelves. It's Citarella-style presentation at downtown prices, a tempting combination for adventuresome shoppers.


A conversation in English is relatively rare here; the smiling butchers and counter help speak only a few words, and can't translate the signage, which is nearly all in Chinese. Point-and-pay commerce is the rule, unless you or a companion speak the language.

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