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Prime Meats Report

kathryn | Dec 5, 201109:56 AM

We were able to get seated within 10 minutes last night around 7:30pm, as a party of four, and had an excellent meal.

Started with the Vesper Brett meat place. Absolutely adored their house-made landjager and the smooth, silky chicken liver pate. The pastrami calve's tongue converted a few non-tongue fans amongst us, and the housemade pickles were excellent, especially the red onion.

The handmade pretzels were pretty good too, served with room temperature butter and mustard. We also asked for an additional side of spicy mustard, which was good. I do prefer the pretzels at Cafe Katja and Sigmund more, though.

Unfortunately, the steak tartare was not quite as good. Served with parsley, anchovy, capers, shallots, Tabasco, Worcestershire, mustard oil & quail egg, the texture and taste of the meat was excellent but we thought the proportions were off. We were dining with friends who are frequent guests at Prime Meats, and they thought the steak tartare was too salty and had too many capers that night (but promised it was typically better).

For my main, I had their pork chop, which is going in my book as one of the top in the city alongside Torrisi and Babbo. Cooked perfectly, wonderful tasting meat. Very juicy and flavorful. I also chewed on the crispy edges of the bone a bit. Served with an apple cider gastrique, brussels sprouts, and a mix of local potatoes (including some purple ones). Great! I also tried a bite of my friend's Beef Sauerbraten & Braised Red Cabbage, which was good but not my thing.

Meanwhile, my husband devastated the Prime Meats Burger, eating the entire thing, and most of the fries, too. (OK, he had some help.) 1/2 lb. Creekstone Certified Black Angus, house-made sesame roll & fermented dill pickle, lettuce, tomato, onion & hand-cut French fries, plus he added blue cheese and bacon to the burger. I thought the texture and taste of the burger (cooked medium rare) was excellent, but the blue cheese and bacon were a bit unnecessary; the men of the group disagree vehemently. Apparently this is a burger that brings out strong passions amongst men! The burger was very, very good though.

We finished with the Mast Brothers chocolate mousse, served with whipped cream, and some crushed hazelnuts and salt, a nice, light(er?) end to the meal. And some refreshing Underberg bitters, as a digestif.

Service was great and very friendly. They even offered to charge my husband's dead cell phone! Cocktails were good, too, especially the Friend of the Devil. Smith & Cross, Carpano Antica, Cocchi Americano, Mezcal, Angostura bitters. All in all, an excellent neighborhood place, and crave-worthy (but heavy).

Prime Meats
465 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

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