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#1 Mano

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Posted 26 November 2007 - 06:32 AM

Looking for butchers that sell fresh rabbit. I've seen it in years past at the Italian Market, but don't recall where. Any recommendations would be appreciated, as would rabbit recipes.
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#2 Lenski

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Posted 26 November 2007 - 06:37 AM

The Italian market at Chelsea Markets sells it on a regular basis in their shop or via their website, if I am not mistaken.

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Posted 26 November 2007 - 06:40 AM

I think I saw it at Martin's butcher shop in the RTM when I was in the market last Saturday.
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#4 Mano

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Posted 26 November 2007 - 06:42 AM

Thanks for the quick-as-a-bunny replies!

I'll contact them both. D'artagnan also has them, but I'd rather buy local.

Lenski, is Chelsea Markets in Philly or NYC?

Edited by Mano, 26 November 2007 - 06:45 AM.

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#5 Jeff L

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Posted 26 November 2007 - 06:57 AM

Thanks for the quick-as-a-bunny replies!

I'll contact them both.  D'artagnan also has them, but I'd rather buy local.

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Check out H-Mart Levittown location. I can't vouch for how fresh it is cause I've not had it but I go there regularly for all things asian. The other day I was in line and the lady behind me bought some and it looked good and the price was cheap. The produce is always super fresh and their meats do look pretty good. It's worth a try and its local.

1138 Oxford Valley Rd
Levittown, PA 19057
(215) 949-1003

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Posted 26 November 2007 - 07:07 AM

Sonny D'Angelo , 909 S. 9th,215-923-5637 D'Angelo Bros.

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Posted 26 November 2007 - 07:33 AM

Chelsea Markets, NYC


The store is Buon Italia. http://www.buonitalia.com/

I am almost positive that I bought rabbit several times there.

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Posted 26 November 2007 - 07:34 AM

I've bought rabbit at Godshall's in the Reading Terminal Market. I'm pretty sure, though, that it wasn't fresh, but frozen.

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Posted 26 November 2007 - 07:34 AM

Godshall's (sp?) in the RTM. They have whole rabbits, squab, and quail on a regular basis.

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Posted 26 November 2007 - 08:10 AM

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Check out H-Mart Levittown location. I can't vouch for how fresh it is cause I've not had it but I go there regularly for all things asian. The other day I was in line and the lady behind me bought some and it looked good and the price was cheap. The produce is always super fresh and their meats do look pretty good. It's worth a try and its local.

1138 Oxford Valley Rd
Levittown, PA 19057
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Thanks Jeff, it's in my neck of the woods, and I just called and had this hilarious conversation:

mano: Hi, do you have rabbit?
H-Mart (very nice lady with very heavy Asian accent): Rait? What's it? No have.
mano: Rabbit, bunny
H-mart: No have
m: I was told you have rabbit
h: meat, rabbit?
m: yes
h: no have, wait... (she gets someone who speaks better English, but still an accent)
m: do you carry rabbit?
h: yes...rabbit?
m: yes, rabbit, meat...
h: yes
m: how much does it cost?
h: no carry cos
m: what is the price of the rabbit?
h: no have rabbit...

and so it went.

Maybe I'll take a trip, as I'd like to check it out anyway.

Edited by Mano, 26 November 2007 - 08:11 AM.

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Posted 26 November 2007 - 08:39 AM

I'm pretty sure they always have it but they don't speak English too well as you have learned. Tough to know what language people speak as they carry Chinese, Japanese, Korean and some Thai stuff there.

Check out the ginger there, nicest looking stuff I've seen anywhere and inexpensive

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Posted 26 November 2007 - 10:55 AM

I've bought rabbit at Godshall's in the Reading Terminal Market.  I'm pretty sure, though, that it wasn't fresh, but frozen.

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On second thought, I think it was actually fresh. At least, the guy cut the rabbit into itty-bitty bunny pieces for me. I guess he could have cut up a frozen rabbit, but it seems more likely that he cut up a fresh one.


oh hell, I have no idea. but they definitely carry the bunnies there!

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Posted 26 November 2007 - 10:56 AM

Sonny D'Angelo , 909 S. 9th,215-923-5637 D'Angelo Bros.

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Sonny gets his rabbits live. I've seen them in crates outside his store. The quality is excellent.

#14 Mano

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Posted 26 November 2007 - 11:23 AM

Well, I'm hot on the bunny trail. Godshall's and Sonny D'Angelo both carry fresh rabbit; Martin's doesn't. Both say the rabbits are butchered elsewhere, but they're guaranteed fresh. They asked that I call a few days ahead.

Thanks, all!.

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Posted 26 November 2007 - 12:18 PM

Check out H-Mart Levittown location.



wow, i wish that had been there when i was growing up.

Thanks Jeff, it's in my neck of the woods, and I just called and had this hilarious conversation:



perhaps this page will help:

http://www.rabbit.or.../translate.html

although i suspect the folks from the house rabbit society might not appreciate why you want to know....

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Posted 26 November 2007 - 05:37 PM

used to get really delicious fresh rabbit at esposito's -- but that was a long time ago...

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Posted 27 November 2007 - 06:38 AM

I've also seen live rabbits outside the poultry slaughterer's, between Federal and Ellsworth. I don't think anyone else in the Italian Market offers fresh rabbit, though a few places have frozen.

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Posted 27 November 2007 - 03:45 PM

...outside the poultry slaughterer's, between Federal and Ellsworth...


One of my strangest experiences ever was sitting outside La Lupe eating my lunch and hearing a rooster crowing. At first I thought it was someone's TV set that had their apartment window open. Then it kept happening. :blink:

I finally realized it was coming from the poultry place just up the street. Quite bizarre. I've never forgotten that the poultry place is there, but I'm kinda skeered to go in. I prefer a rather impersonal relationship with my food. Wrapped in plastic and sitting on a styrofoam tray is just fine with me. Or even ordering over the phone and going to pick it up. But I don't want to meet it, necessarily. At least before it hits my kitchen or my plate.

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#19 Jeff L

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Posted 27 November 2007 - 05:34 PM

Check out H-Mart Levittown location.

wow, i wish that had been there when i was growing up.

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It's really quite a nice place James. Lots of incredible vegetables you can't find anywhere (outside of Philly) else and way cheap too. It's small but they cram lots of Chinese canned goods, bottled goods, etc into the space. They also have the freshest looking fish I've seen, (red snapper @ $7.00 per lb) and tons of different packaged noodles, some like on Race Street, fresh rice noodles that I particularly like.

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Posted 27 November 2007 - 07:20 PM

no doubt -- i've been to h-mart in cherry hill, and cheltenham, and upper darby. when i was growing up there, though, where it is was like, a wendys. and the italian people's bakery, which wasn't all that, and a vacuum cleaner repairman, and a card store.... oh and a dingy old seafood place. and some woods that i assume aren't there anymore.... hm, no, from google satellite view it would appear that things are still pretty much the way they were. weird.

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Posted 28 November 2007 - 09:38 AM

...outside the poultry slaughterer's, between Federal and Ellsworth...

I finally realized it was coming from the poultry place just up the street. Quite bizarre. I've never forgotten that the poultry place is there, but I'm kinda skeered to go in. I prefer a rather impersonal relationship with my food. Wrapped in plastic and sitting on a styrofoam tray is just fine with me. Or even ordering over the phone and going to pick it up. But I don't want to meet it, necessarily. At least before it hits my kitchen or my plate.

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I'm scared to go in because it's so expensive. Duck is $3-something a pound! Why go there when the 1st Oriental has it for $1-something?

This is getting a little bit off topic, but has anyone actually bought something (dead or alive) from the slaughterer's?

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Posted 28 November 2007 - 09:50 AM

Add Giunta's Prime Shop to the Reading Terminal Market vendors who sell rabbits.
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Posted 28 November 2007 - 11:21 AM

sorry, but..........

since when is $3/ lb for duck considered expensive?

i routinely pay $3.50/lb for d'artagnan whole ducks and consider it a bargain for the quality.

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Posted 29 November 2007 - 10:07 AM

sorry, but..........

since when is $3/ lb for duck considered expensive?

i routinely pay $3.50/lb for d'artagnan whole ducks and consider it a bargain for the quality.

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Umm...since starting as a grad student?

If you can spare a $3/lb duck, I'm right around the corner from the slaughterer's... :biggrin: