A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from July 16, 2009
Meatery (meat eatery)

A “meatery” is a simple blend of the words “meat” and “eatery.” The term “meatery” has been used since at least 1994 as another term for “steakhouse.” New York’s steakhouses have been termed “meateries” more often than those in any other American city.

An entry in the Urban Dictionary defines “meatery” as a butcher shop, but this “meatery” meaning is rarely used.


Urban Dictionary
meatery
also known as a butcher shop
i went to the meatery to buy some meat
by Darrel Burns Jun 10, 2008

Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
Main Entry: eat·ery
Pronunciation: \ˈē-tə-rē\
Function: noun
Inflected Form(s): plural eat·er·ies
Date: 1901
: luncheonette, restaurant

Miami (FL) New Times
Here’s the Beef
By Jen Karetnick
Published on August 16, 1994
(...)
Coincidentally, Ocean Drive’s Texas Steakhouse, which opened just in time for the grillarama we know as Fourth of July weekend, wants you to eat steak, too, and its reasonable prices reflect that desire. However, a dearth of beef in South Beach, rather than a surplus, is the motivation behind Texas’s arrival. Indeed, while such fave SoBe eateries as Nick’s Miami Beach and the Colony Bistro serve excellent preparations of meat alongside signature seaside goodies, Texas is the only meatery on the beach where carnivores can go specifically for a beef fix.

Las Vegas (NV) Sun
Eating the Big Apple
Thursday, Jan. 2, 1997 | 11:59 a.m.
“New York, New York, it’s a wonderful town.” Oops, add a hyphen and change those lyrics to “It’s a wonderful Las Vegas Hotel.”
(...)
The New York-based Ark Restaurants Corp. will offer America, Gallagher’s Steakhouse (a venerable New York meatery), Gonzalez y Gonzales and Village Streets, a fast-food court with a Greenwich Village and Little Italy theme.

Miami (FL) New Times
The Unkindest Cut
By Jen Karetnick
Published on January 15, 1998
(...)
The NYC Smith & Wollensky has a sterling reputation, written up by magazines such as Gourmet as the “quintessential” meatery.

Google Books
Brooklyn!
A soup-to-nuts guide to sites, neighborhoods, and restaurants

By Ellen Freudenheim
New York, NY: St. martin’s Griffin
1999
Pg. 310:
Gottleib’s Restaurant, 352 Roebling Street Corner of Division Street…
One of Brooklyn’s best kosher delis, Gottlieb’s is a pleasant sit-down restaurant with great corned beef and other traditional Jewish meat dishes. It is conveniently located near the Williamsburg Bridge, just a stone’s throw away from that other famous meatery, Peter Luger.

Google Books
The Rough Guide to New York City
By Martin Dunford and Jack Holland
New York, NY: Penguin Putnam
2002
Pg. 350:
Green Field Churrascaria 108-01 Northern Blvd, Corona 718/672-5202. A huge Brazilian meatery, where waiters by the dozen swarm your table offering every sort of grilled meat under the sun.

Google Books
Meat Me in Manhattan:
A Carnivore’s Guide to New York

By Mr. Cutlets (Josh Ozersky)
New York, NY: Gamble Guides
2004
Pg. 178:
Cabana Carioca
123 W. 45th St. 212.581.8088
Cheap theater-district meatery features immense, garlicky steaks, chicken, and feijoda.

Google Books
Night+Day New York
By Brian Niemietz
San Francisco, CA: Pulse Guides
2006
Pg. 44 (Best Steak Houses):
Dylan Prime
62 Laight St., Tribeca, 212-334-4783
(...)
The Scene: The crowd is younger and sexier than you’d expect from a meatery, looking more fit for sushi than for steak.
(...)
Strip House
13 E. 12th St., Greenwich Village, 212-327-0000
(...)
The Scene: The young power players who frequent Strip House are still 20 years and 20 pounds away from what you’ll find at more traditional meateries.

Google Books
Frommer’s South Florida, with the best of Miami & the Keys
By Lesley Abravanel
Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley
2008
Pg. 336:
Old Homestead STEAKHOUSE If you’re homesick for New York, thios branch of New York’s oldest meatery is the place to cure your yearnings, especially if money is no object.

Gothamist.com
Police Bust Greenpoint Meatery for “Hot Kielbasa” Cocaine
WNBC reports that the NYPD shut down a drug operation in a Brooklyn meat market—Sikorski Meat Market on Manhattan Avenue. The police had caught the drug dealers on wiretaps referring to “hot kielbasa,” and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly explained, “the ‘kielbasa’ was really cocaine, and thanks to outstanding police work it’s no longer available at the meat market.” More details: Livery cabs were used for delivering the shipments and “Polish and Dominican crews teamed up to run the ring” (hello, melting pot!).
By Jen Chung in News on October 10, 2008 2:52 PM

The Feedbag
Citysearch Says 07/14/2009
L.A. Meatery Animal To Make a Cameo Appearance in the Hamptons
Grub Street reveals that Animal, the meat-centric L.A. restaurant, is doing a brief cameo in the Hamptons — which is just what they need up there

Posted by Barry Popik
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