Celebrating our 175th Anniversary: Spotlight on David Lobel

Stanley Lobel’s oldest son David calls himself the black sheep in the family as he spent almost seven years practicing law before eventually finding his way back to the family business at their Madison Avenue butcher shop.

David Lobel

“We were all indoctrinated into the business at a young age,” explains David, who describes eagerly jumping out of bed at 3 a.m. on Saturdays so that he could accompany his father to work. “It wasn’t just going to work with Dad—we would go to the meat wholesalers and I got to wear a jacket and hard hat and go into the freezing ice boxes,” he recalls fondly. Back at the shop, eight-year-old David was too young to cut meat; instead he was given a rag and a bottle of Windex and instructed to start cleaning the showcases. By late morning he would go upstairs and take a nap and look forward to what his uncle Leon and father would make them for lunch.

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Culinary Classic: Pasta & Macaroni Salad

There are few people who have never enjoyed a good pasta or macaroni salad. These side dishes have become synonymous with picnics and cookouts. However, that was not always the case. These dishes did not start to gain popularity in the United States until the mid-20th Century. Now, they are a staple at any summer gathering and come in many different varieties.

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What’s Your Steak Personality?

In the butcher shop, we’re often asked, “What’s your best steak?” or “Which steak should I give as a gift?”

They seem like simple questions, but aren’t so simple to answer. To be honest, when it comes to USDA Prime, Natural Prime, and American Wagyu Beef, every steak is a great steak.

Plus, everyone has their own favorite qualities in a steak. Do you prefer a steak that’s tender in texture and mild in flavor? Or bursting with beefy flavor and toothsome texture? Do prefer the nutty richness of a dry-aged steak? Do like the ease of a boneless cut or the added flavor of a bone-in selection?

And when selecting a steak, it comes down to this: What’s your steak personality? (more…)

Not your Ordinary Burger

Not Your Ordinary Burger

Of course, starting with Lobel’s Ground Beef is the shortest route to an unforgettable burger. But the way you top it, stuff it, or spice it makes that burger uniquely yours—your signature recipe for the indelibly incredible homemade burger. (more…)

Spotlight on Lobel’s New York Marinade

This year, in celebration of our 175th anniversary, we’ve expanded our product offerings with the introduction of a new line of four all-natural, preservative-free seasonings and sauces for meats. The new products include Lobel’s BBQ Sauce, Lobel’s Dry Rub, Lobel’s Steak Sauce, and Lobel’s New York Marinade.

New Sauces and Seasonings

We’re shining a spotlight this month on Lobel’s New York Marinade. Just as the Big Apple is a melting pot of cross-cultural influences, Lobel’s New York Marinade is a cornucopia of subtleties and influences.

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Celebrating our 175th Anniversary: Spotlight on Evan Lobel

It’s no exaggeration to say that Evan Lobel grew up in the business. “After I learned to walk, my father put a knife in my hand and said, ‘Start cutting, son,’” says the fifth-generation butcher, whose father Leon began taking his young son to work at the Madison Avenue shop in the early 1960s.

Evan describes his father, who passed away in 2006, as his Superman. He was very strict and slowly brought Evan into the business by making sure he learned every aspect of the trade from sweeping the floors to working the cash register. This early training gave Evan a well-rounded approach and an understanding that no task was beneath him—he was expected to perform the work as well or better than any other employee.

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Leon & Evan Lobel

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Sweeten up Springtime with Grilled Desserts

Sweeten up Springtime with Grilled Desserts

In addition to soaking up sunshine, one of the best parts of springtime is heading outside and taking a deep breath of that fresh spring air–and then you smell it–someone in your neighborhood is grilling! It smells so wonderful–it makes you want to fire up your own grill right there on the spot.

And we’re all in favor of that. In fact, we think there’s hardly anything that can’t be made on the grill. Have you ever prepared your entire meal on the grill? Dinner, sides, and dessert? That’s right–even sweet, delicious desserts can be grilled.

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Beer Pairings You Have to Try for American Craft Beer Week!

Beer Pairings For American CraftBeer Week

American Craft Beer Week falls in May, and we look forward to it every year—nearly as much as we look forward to dusting off our grills and throwing a thick Porterhouse down over the flames!

As butchers who have practiced and honed our craft for five generations, we can appreciate the expertise, skill, and care that go into making a fine craft brew. We are passionate about cutting meat, sourcing the very best meat, and providing our customers with a peak dining experience. We feel that craft brewers are just as passionate about providing a delicious, high-quality, refreshing brew with every frothy glass.

Also, as cookbook authors and devoted home-cooks, we also love a great entrée and beverage pairing. We know how a fantastic meal can be elevated to new heights by a perfect pairing with a delicious microbrew—and vice versa.

So in honor of America’s craft brewers, grilling season, and great cuts of meat, we’ve put together some tantalizing pairings for American Craft Beer Week 2015 that you’ve really got to try!

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Spotlight on Lobel’s BBQ Sauce

This year, in celebration of our 175th anniversary, we’ve expanded our product offerings with the introduction of a new line of four all-natural, preservative-free seasonings and sauces for meats. The new products include Lobel’s BBQ Sauce, Lobel’s Dry Rub, Lobel’s Steak Sauce, and Lobel’s New York Marinade.

New Sauces and Seasonings

We’re shining a spotlight this month on Lobel’s BBQ Sauce. It’s a savory, not-too-sweet, tomato-based barbecue sauce for grilled, smoked and oven-roasted meats. Packaged in a classic 19.5-ounce bottle, Lobel’s BBQ Sauce is ideal for chicken, spare ribs, brisket, and other meats, and it can be used as a final glaze or as a dipping sauce.

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Cut of the Month: Wagyu Rib Cap

The Lobel family of Lobel’s Prime Meats in Manhattan and Lobel’s of New York online butcher shop are fourth- and fifth-generation butchers. With our Cut of the Month series, we will bring you their wealth of knowledge and expertise on specific cuts of meat, including their unique characteristics, preparation methods, and how to select the best cut.

This is what Florence Fabricant at The New York Times had to say about our Cut of the Month:

“Most of the time, wagyu, the densely marbled, ultra-tender Japanese-style beef, comes in premium steak cuts like strip loin and rib-eye… [Lobel’s] also has American wagyu rib-cap steaks to sear and slice on the bias like the flank steak but that are lusher still. The rib-cap meat is so rich that six of us could not finish a pound and a half of it.”

Wagyu Rib Cap

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