We got our butcher back. It's not Anthony, but it is a butcher, and it looks pretty good. If you ask me, this is the best possible outcome, except for the fact that Anthony and his family are gone. The place got spruced up, but it hasn't lost any of its character. The cases are the same and even the old butcher block is still there, only now the whole place is more inviting (including the room off to the left).
The new owners have left up the Chelsea Court Meat Market awning, but they're called something with that starts with a K. I'll update this post, but if anyone knows anything about these guys, please let us know. They were very friendly, and they had lots of great looking meat sitting in the case, including a whole calf's liver, plus a couple tubs of pate on top for sampling.
For any of you who were there when Anthony closed up shop, it was like a neighborhood funeral -- more sad for the fact that such events are seemingly the only times people from the neighborhood come out of the woodwork to mingle freely and talk about what they like about New York. So I'm hopeful that the new place is a worthy successor and manages to bring people together.
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