I was out at Coney Island on Sunday and made one of my periodic visits to Major Meats, where owner/butcher Jimmy Prince provided ample evidence of why he's a municipal treasure. Now well into his 70s but more energetic than anyone I know, wearing a necktie under his apron, Jimmy's got it all: the sawdust on the floor, the 1930s music on the sound system, the endless supply of stories about Coney Island history, and -- lest we forget -- the high-end Prime meat (when Luger takes the porterhouses from a Primer-than-Prime steer, Jimmy gets the rest of the carcass). Watching him work is a such a pleasure, like watching a skilled woodworker or sculptor. There's nothing else like him -- go check him out before he wises up and retires.
1516 Mermaid Ave., Coney Island