There’s a lot to be said for a restaurant that leads with its key feature; you know what you’re in for from the get-go. And at Prime Meats, the team delivers on the promise of sourcing and serving high-quality meats. In fact, this farm-to-table restaurant in Brooklyn is passionate about it, whether it’s the Black Angus for its 5oz burger or the organic pickle-brined chicken breast for “The Greatest Chicken Sandwich on Earth.”
What you might not get from the name is the Alpine influence. With a menu that arrives in the States by way of Germany and Austria, there are all manner of porky delights in store here, including bratwurst and sauerkraut, and pork schnitzel. It should be mentioned that the attention to quality at Prime Meats extends to making all their own sausages.
Casting your eye about the menu, you’ll also clock dishes like the house-made pretzels and herb and Gruyère spätzle. But the menu, like the happy meats they source, is free to roam. Steak frites (more specifically Niman Ranch bavette and hand-cut fries) and Wagyu beef tartare appear, as does a cooling salad of iceberg lettuce and blue cheese-buttermilk dressing. There’s grilled octopus lavishly adorned with chickpeas, herbs, spring onions and lashings of olive oil. And linzertortes, trifles and tea cakes for dessert.
It’s a beguiling mix, and one that suits the wood-panelled interiors of Prime Meats. Part of the space feels like an inn from another century with well-trodden wooden floors and burnished metal lights. The other part is all New York, with crisp black accents and high ceilings. Happily, Prime Meats now takes reservations, meaning that New York denizens aren’t as likely to be seen sighing and pressing their noses against the glass here. But that’s not a guarantee. This is a popular joint, after all. And they do serve the greatest chicken sandwich on Earth.