I had a lovely lunch with the girls at the New York Butcher Shoppe today. I initially thought that we would just check out the new digs, but upon entering realized we could stay and eat. They have tables set up for dining in, and a lunch menu. As you approach the counter they have paper lunch menus that you can fill out and turn in with your order marked. I chose an Italian sub. While I waited on my sub, I checked out the goods in the store.
The meats at the butcher counter look wonderful. There are many options for cuts of meat, and the prices looked fair. They are more expensive than Food Lion, but superior quality. They are more on par with Harris Teeter, but superior quality. I scanned the fresh fish as well, and this is definitely where I will start buying salmon. I checked out the buffalo meat as well… but I think I will leave that to the more sophisticated connoisseurs. I was also impressed with the cheeses they offer as well as the wines.
I don’t know if you have ever been to the Fresh Market in Columbia, but this is similar in many ways. Those of you that drive to Columbia to buy steaks and bring them home in a cooler will not need to do that anymore. I overheard the proprietor, Brent Tiller, saying that they expect more inventory to come in shortly. I know this will be the place to visit before hosting a party. Chef Jeremy Williams will do a fabulous job with the prepared foods they offer.
After I finished viewing the selections, my sandwich was ready. It really was superb and exactly the way I wanted it. I had some fru-fru gourmet chips as a side and an ice cold soda. What more could I need? (It even met my under 10.00 lunch requirement.)
I am sure I will be back over the Christmas season, but initial reaction is four out of five Palmetto Trees. Check it out, and tell them I sent you! (It won’t get you anything, but it certainly will make you look cooler.)