robin i only use waldbaums for those special sales for everyday eating. the other places i mentioned are where i buy my prime meats and my special occasion dinner needs. also i wont buy my chopped meat from waldbaumsbecause they add the premanufactured cylinders to make the different fat content. the skirts they use were coming from frozen not fresh(check the labels) although this may have changed. like i said no one eats prime everyday but the items i buy from waldbaums(4.99 a pound choice ribeye or porterhouse)ARE THE SAME CHOICE MEATS THAT YOU PAY 3 TIMES THE PRICE FOR AT THE PRIVATE BUTCHER.
i go to 3 places. Ginza on francis lewis 2 blocks north of 35th ave in bayside. ask peter and kevin for the abalone, when they have sea squirt, monkfish liver pate, delicious botan ebi and great kani salad, tako salad. my favorite rolls are the fishy jeff and the raymond. they have reasonable prices especially on toro. ask them what other rare delicacies they carry.i also order the hamachi toro when it is available fresh. the restaurant is a neighborhood place where regulars are abound.i must preface that what they lack in ambience they make up for in delicious and hard to find specialties. if i want to go somewhere for ambience i go to matsouya in the waldbaums shopping center in great neck. the place is very upscale and the offer specialty delicacies as well as a gigantic creative maki menu. they are pricey but i so much prefer them to daruma down the block. i also like kisso in the lake success shopping center in new hyde park. Always great sushi, sashimi and cooked specialties as well as tatami rooms offered.
whoa there, before you go over the nassau line(and i do most of the time) there are some good places in queens. I go to certain places for certain cuts. for my smoked/dried/cured pork products /salami/sausages nobody beats Morschers in ridgewood. on catalpa off forest ave. they also have great steakburgers and european canned goods not easily found. Prices are good too. For aged prime porterhouse, I like the one on bell and 40th in bayside; but ask them to cut fresh from the fridge room in the back you can watch them through the window. i do not buy their precut steaks. i do not buy anything else there. I go to Roberts on 35th off the clearview if i want a delicious Ribeye steak or roast, I also love their Stuffed Chicken Cutlets(both flavors) and their stuffed pork chops, they also usually have beautiful rib veal chops and rib lamb chops as well. Their deli is good quality too. I go just over the Queens border to Iavarone Bros.in new hyde park (lake success shopping center)for my sausages, chopped meat. their lamb, pork and veal chops and cutlets are very good as well.Most of their beef is angus but they offer some aged steaks as well and also carry berkshire pork and wagyu beef and bell and evans poultry. Their weekly specials are great values in all their departments. They also have an excellent fish dept. Their seafood manager sets up a beautiful seafood case with ample offerings of the best quality. Their cheese, produce and deli also have great variety and it's all top shelf! When their chef cooks a whole stuffed pig it's nirvana central. I prefer to go to iavarones because i can get everything in one place at fair prices. One last word, Waldbaums has decent everyday beef steaks, chops and roasts that are choice grade; when they have a 4.99 a pound porterhouse or ribeye i stock up. if you know your meat you can save a lot and not be disappointed with the quality nor compromise your taste buds. i hope this helps.