If the rain ever stops and the weather ever gets warm — you’re going to want to grill. A new place to head for a great centerpiece for the meal? The newly opened Pearl River Meateria — formerly Ed’s Meat Market — where owner Mike Santucci will give you a short lesson in prime cuts, choice cuts, bratwurst, bockwurst, knockwurst, marinades and more.
Taking over beloved Ed’s — a 90-year-old business — sets the bar high. And though Santucci has updated the space, adding oak floors, ceiling fans and new cases, it will remain, like always, an old-world butcher shop. Santucci himself grew up behind the counter. “My whole family was butchers,” he explains, “my dad, my uncles and so on. I’ve been working in butcher shops since I was 5 years old.” In fact, if he looks familiar, you may have seen him before — he owns two other shops: Karl Ehmer’s Quality Meats in Hillsdale, N.J., and Butcher in the Farm in Montvale.
While he’s all about preserving tradition, he also brings new things to the table: antibiotic- and hormone-free chickens, marinated and seasoned meats for on-the-go families and top-notch service that includes advice on how to cook the meats you buy. “I want to preserve the traditional feeling of the old-time butcher shop,” he says. “To me, it’s the lifeblood of a neighborhood.”
Details: Pearl River Meateria, 17 N. Main St., Pearl River; 845-735-2029.
— Jeanne Muchnick