Here at Jimmy’s No. 43, we love a good story, and one of the better stories can be told about our neighbor around the corner, East Village Meat Market. Our special relationship with them came out of Pig Island, the annual pork fest that takes place each September, which we sourced this year from Flying Pigs Farm. We needed to break down our pig and the team did it for us. To quote from our upcoming Pig Island Cookbook:
“The East Village Meat Market, started by Ukrainian expat Julian Baczynsky in 1970, is one of Manhattan’s special places, a store that manages to straddle past and present by serving truly great product. It is one of the last of what used to be many butcher shops in the neighborhood specializing in Eastern European smoked and cured meats, as well as fresh cuts of pork, beef, lamb or chicken. Today it is managed by Andrew Ilnicki and a staff that includes workers like Anthony Tychanski, Jersy Kossakowski and Sudolia Vasil who hail from both Poland and the Ukraine have had many years of experience smoking, curing and cutting meat on two continents.”
Now, whenever we have a whole hog we need broken down, we take it around the corner to get all the amazing cuts we can to use the meat sustainably.
And things have come full circle, as EVMM is making one of its traditional products with pork sourced from Flying Pigs Farm. This weekend we have their special fatback, or “lardo,” a rich, fatty, prosciutto-like meat that we serve on open face dark-bread sandwiches. It’s a great small plate to pair with beer.
Speaking of which…
Tonight we welcome Brooklyn’s latest brewery, along with their cool collaborators from upstate for a mini-tap-takeover and meet the brewer event. From 5 p.m., we’ll be pouring several brews from Rocky Point Artisan Brewers (from Long Island) and gypsy brewers Secret Engine (from Brooklyn) during this themed event. Beers to include:
- *Rocky Point Artisan Brewers / Secret Engine – Sticke Handwerker on cask – An American Amber/English Mild (6.7% ABV)
- *Rocky Point Artisan Brewers / Secret Engine – Das Saftige
- *Rocky Point Artisan Brewers – Motueka Pilsner
Plus the brewers from both breweries will be on hand to talk about their beers. As always, while supplies last, and regular bar/restaurant service is available.
We hope you’ll be dropping in this weekend to enjoy our craft beer and kitchen.