Western Beef Inc.

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2013

    Laura Shunk's 10 Best Meals of 2013

    2013 will go in the culinary books as the year of the Cronut, of Isaan fare, of dialed up Asian flavors, of one-item fast casual restaurant concepts, and of a return to vegetables -- the pork era, it seems, finally came to a close. I averaged two meals out per day in this city as I chased down stori ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2012

    Buffalo Chicken Wings for Super Bowl Sunday: Picture Recipe in 8 Easy Steps

    1. Buy -- Go to Western Beef or a similar discount supermarket and buy the biggest and cheapest tray of wings you can find. Remember that each wing makes two Buffalo wings.

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2012

    In Spite of Letterman's Love Letter to Steak 'N Shake, Actual Food Disappoints

    Figuratively speaking, David Letterman blew the chain in Macy's (or maybe we should say Marshall Field's) window. The city has seen a recent influx of fast-food chains from other places, the most recent being Steak 'n Shake, specializing in the elemental combination of hamburgers ("steak," in hype ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2012

    Nine Food TV Shows We'd Love To See

    ​How did food television become so boring and predictable? Umpteenth season of Top Chef? Yawn. Endless cupcake wars? Yawn. Paula Deen pouring more butter into the cake? Yawn. Guy Fieri tucking into another giant hamburger? Zzzzzzzzz. Well, the time has come to invent new types of food-themed s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2011

    10 Barbecue Tips for the Fourth of July

    ​Start with a Weber -- or that old wreck of an enclosed barbecue in the background will do just fine, too. 1. Use a Weber, or some other enclosed barbecue with a removable lid. This will allow you to both grill and smoke.

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2011

    How I Make Buffalo Chicken Wings​Lauren S. asks: What do you eat at home the most when you really want a good dinner? Dear Lauren: Good question, I don't think I've ever been asked that before. Like every home cook, I have a repertoire of can't-miss dishes, nearly all of them formulated after ha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2011

    The Opulent Organs of Western Beef

    ​Here's looking at you, kid -- I mean piglet. Organ meats, also known as offal or by the more all-inclusive category of variety meats, form a perpetual topic of conversation among food fanciers. Some love 'em. Some hate 'em. But no one is completely indifferent. Many chefs have fooled around ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2010

    Finally, the Bronx Gets New Supermarkets

    The Bronx to get lost in a supermarket.​ Here's some good news for what is possibly the most nutritionally underserved borough in the city: The Bronx is going to get two new supermarkets.

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2010

    Strange Snacks of the World: Fudge Covered Ritz Crackers

    ​Was it an actual product or an illusion? I'm a giant fan of Western Beef--a local chain of stores that specialize in cheap cuts of meat in bulk, often at one-half or one-third the price you'd find at true supermarkets. In addition, where groceries are concerned, the place has a strange patch ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 31, 2009

    Western Beef for Real: Staten Island Woman, Knocked Out On Line, Sues Store for $1 Million

    ​The delightful Staten Island Advance informs us that in July Clivia Hayes was standing in line at the Stapleton Western Beef when the woman in front of her argued with the checkout clerk over the quality of some crabs. When Hayes muttered that the crabs "looked fine," she says, the woman hit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2009

    Inventory: Cleopatra Candy "Toys & Joys" Assortment

    Available next to the check-out register at Western Beef on West 16th Street are candies packaged by Cleopatra Candy of Brooklyn, New York, whose logo features a scary cobra, which is about as close as Cleopatra's art department could get to an asp, I guess. The web lists an address on 95th Str ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2009

    Strange Snacks of the World -- Confetti Creme Ritz Bits

    It's a truism of the advertising world that, in a mature market, the number of niches a product occupies must be multiplied. In other words, if you have a hit product on your hands, you must cynically generate as many forms of that product as you can, in order to take full economic advanta ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2009

    Adventures in a Crippled Kitchen

    Chapter 6: The Conclusion Twice a week or so, a notice would be slipped under the door from the apartment building's managing agent, bragging that some progress in the no-gas situation was about to occur. It would say something like, "Be in your apartment from noon till 4 pm today, when an inspector ... More >>

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    August 13, 2002

    Scene and Herd

    An Afternoon in the Meatpacking District

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    August 6, 2002
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    March 9, 1999