[Accidentally split from http://www.chowhound.com/topics/484116]
Lobel's claim is that they buy the best USDA Prime - that their buyers pick out the highest quality available. Lobel's also employs about 7-8 staff (or more) and has a website. I think they even do some of their own aging on site. For myself I think the quality lies in the meat itself - not in the fact that any one butcher at Lobel's is any better skilled than Tony Schatzie of Schatzies Prime Meats or the local butcher in any NY neighborhood. But they are head and shoulders above the knife-jockies employed by Food Emporium or D'agastinos etc. Lobels does sell great meat at premium prices. I just feel on a cost-benefit basis Schatzie's (or your own local neighborhood butcher) is a better value.
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