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There are more options than ever for buying meat in Westchester. In the past year, nose-to-tail butcher shops have sprung up in Dobbs Ferry and Mount Kisco, while supermarkets put a greater emphasis on stocking local purveyors. Joining the fray in 2017: two new home-delivery services promising quality meats straight to your door. 

photo courtesy of CM Meats

Somers resident Chris Murray founded CM Meats in 2008 to supply local restaurants (Birdsall House in Peekskill and Purdy’s Farmer & the Fish in North Salem among them). “I’ve also been supplying friends and family with items for years,” says Murray. “When people started asking if they could order their weekly items, like chicken cutlets, it really got us thinking.” In January, the company began home delivery with a wide range of options, from kid-friendly chicken nuggets to a date-night porterhouse for two. Customers receive personalized service (and place orders) via email: “I have a real appreciation for old-school butchers,” says Murray. “You go in to purchase meat but also for advice on the right cut or an idea of something new to try. We give them ideas, but all of this happens at their convenience.” 

Bronx-based New York Prime Beef is a splurge-worthy service for steak lovers. Launched in May 2016 with a focus on grilling season in the Hamptons, the company ships tender, 28-day, dry-aged steaks throughout the county. Prices are admittedly high (though they include FedEx overnight shipping) but reflect the company’s bespoke approach to butchery. Steaks are hand-selected, cut to order, wrapped, and initialed by the butcher. Consider dropping some cash on the company’s A5 Japanese Kobe beef. The steaks are perfectly pink (Kobe beef is pink, not red, due to the intense marbling) and are sourced from trusted, certified sources. 

 

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