Meat Eaters Only

At Dickson's Farmstand Meats, vegans will certainly feel unwelcome...or at least wildly uncomfortable; but for us carnivores, it's meat heaven.

25 February 2010

Last week on a random midday date at Chelsea Market, I visit Jake Dickson’s creative and subtenant ode to pasture-raised locally grown animals – Dickson’s Farmstand Meats. See also: vegans unwelcome…or at least uncomfortable. Even I, a registered carnivore, felt a bit overwhelmed by the amount of raw meat. My date aimed to cash in on his “punch card” – a novel gift idea where the purchaser provides the recipient with a business-card sized gift that can be redeemed at Dickson’s for different cuts of pork or beef. Sure you can purchase the whole shebang, but most opt for several visits to cash in on different cuts.

Dickson's Farmstand MeatsOn said sunny afternoon, we were in the market for sirloin, which my date later made into the most delicious kebabs I’ve had since… maybe ever. But you know I’m a sucker for instant gratification, and when the shock faded, I wanted to try something already. Lucky for me us Dickson’s recently opened a sandwich shop of sorts, converting the butcher’s block into an ordering station five days a week. From noon until about 3 p.m., if you visit Dickson’s Chelsea Market, you can order a meat-lovers sandwich like ham and cheese, pulled pork, beef brisket, and more. The sandwiches change daily. I flirted with said butcher for a smoked pulled pork and when my date pushed me aside, he ordered traditional meat loaf on white.

Amy’s Bread provides the foundation for the mouth-watering meat although chips and fountain soda accompaniment could help. The patrons are a bit Paul Bunyan (for I was the sole female), that is, if Paul Bunyan donned a skinny pair of Levi’s 511s.

Dickson’s Farmstand Meats  Chelsea Market 75 9th Ave between 15th and 16th  212.242.2630

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