Ask the Butcher: What’s Your Favorite Grilled Meal?

Summer is in full swing! The days are long and the weather is beautiful, which can only mean one thing—it’s officially cookout season! We asked the Lobels to tell us about their favorite grilled meals for backyard entertaining.

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Grilled Pizza: You Might Never Want Store-Bought Again

“As American as apple pie” is often heard to convey our deep and abiding affection for a bakery staple that is symbolic of everything entwined with our national identity and patriotic pride.

But as history proves, apple pie isn’t originally American at all. And given the run of popularity, we could just as easily claim that another import tugs at Americans heart strings and palates: “As American as pizza pie.”

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Celebrating our 175th Anniversary: Spotlight on Mark Lobel

“I always had the passion for the business,” says Stanley Lobel’s youngest son Mark, who started working at Lobel’s in 1986. Despite trying his hand at other jobs, Mark always preferred the family business, and after receiving a degree in Business Administration from Long Island University he began working full time in the store.

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Spotlight on Lobel’s Steak 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 Steak Sauce.

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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.

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“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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