Marty’s meat-filled meet up

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Say what you will about Borough President Markowitz — the guy has a sense of humor.

The Beep tweaked his own role as cheerleader in chief at the new Fleisher’s butcher shop on Wednesday as he cut the ribbon on the Fifth Avenue meathouse.

The ribbon, however, was a piece of butcher twine. And a meat cleaver stood in for the scissors.

And as our photos show, the meat looks delicious — and the borough president’s mouth was certainly watering as he eyed a rack of ribs.

“It is most fitting that we recognize those wonderful purveyors of decadent delectables, whose excellent taste and hard work will help create the unique and fanciful flavor for which Brooklyn is widely known,” Markowitz said.

Fleisher’s actually opened earlier this month between Union and Sackett streets as an outpost of Joshua and Jessica Applestone’s Hudson Valley meat retailer and butchery. The proprietors are a different kind of butcher shop in that they cut all their own meat — most butcher shops sell pre-cut items.

“We use healthy, local, sustainable animals only, and we never buy parts — only whole animals,” Joshua Applestone told us. “And we use every last part. It’s not just the art of butchery that’s been lost, it’s caring about what happens to every single part of that animal. Our line is, we don’t sell meat, we sell trust.”

You may already have enjoyed the Applestones’ products and didn’t even know it. They’ve sold their grass-fed organic meat to The Farm on Adderly in Ditmas Park and The Meat Hook in Williamsburg for years.

Fleisher’s [192 Fifth Ave. between Union and Sackett streets in Park Slope, (718) 398-6666].

Reach Editor Gersh Kuntzman at or by calling (718) 260-4504.
Updated 5:27 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Ned from Butcher shop says:
Sloppy cutting.
Oct. 20, 2011, 11:39 pm
Gorge Hamilton from Sunset Pork says:
Porky Porkowitz should maybe stick to salads for a while.
Oct. 21, 2011, 3:22 pm
foodie from ps says:
Best meat I've ever had. Puts everyone else to shame.
Welcome to the neighborhood Fleishers!!
Oct. 21, 2011, 3:27 pm
Neighbor from Union Street says:
The quality of the product being sold at Fleisher's is extraordinary. We grilled some of their lamb chops and it was like, "Oh, that's what lamb chops are actually supposed to taste like. Wow!" Their house-made sausages are phenomenal. What else? Oh! The roast beef! Try the thin sliced roast beef! For the high level of quality and service the prices are pretty reasonable too. This is just a great addition to the neighborhood.
Oct. 21, 2011, 9:21 pm
Maryanne from Park Slope says:
Thank goodness a good ole butcher...
Oct. 25, 2011, 8:14 am

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