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I moved into a new office on 39th and 8th Ave -- beautiful view right across the street from the new Renzo Piano New York Times building (which btw will house another Muji store on the ground level), crummy area, many new and old denizens loitering around in front of Port Authority, and after a week of settling into the place, it hits me: Where the hell am I going to get good food around here?

Well thank gods for 9th Ave. It's not exactly Hell's Kitchen yet (let's call it "Hellish Kitchen") but I'm quickly discovering that this little strip from 34th (B&H) up to 42nd on 9th Ave is redeemed by some rustic, old-school Italian joints and little grocery stores with plenty of great imported goods, a couple of excellent Pakistani (halal) buffets, a few pretty good Thai places, and, of course, The Cupcake Cafe. I'll try to do a series of posts on my findings over the course of the coming weeks, so if you're ever in the nabe, you can look me up and grab me for lunch because I'm also in constant need of a lunch-buddy!

Today, I'll just point out the place that caught my eye first. Giovanni Esposito and Son's Pork Shop on 38th and 9th. Okay, okay, so it's not a lunch spot, per se, unless munching on pig's feet in the middle of the day is your idea of lunch, but this place just signalled to me that there was something good going on in here.

First off, any business that has the word "pork" in its name is all right by me. What can I say? What else is there to say? Second, look at the sign. I mean, Giovanni clearly loves him some pig.

Anyhow, there's nothing like an old-school Italian butchery.

You know what gives it that old world vibe? It's that using-every-part-of-the-animal mentality. I know I'm getting their handmade sausages and oxtail here! This place is a classic.

Giovanni Esposito and Sons Pork Shop
Corner of 38th and 9th Ave.


  • So there’s something other than Cafe ___, Pret-a-Manger and Nut Castle? Who knew! I’m really curious as to what you find..

    Sonja on

  • omg love this Tmonkey!!! so happy you are in a new neighborhood- how exciting! please keep posting all your new findings- that area is so underwritten about!

    kayoko on

  • omg i work in the times building, started 2 weeks ago, and i hate all the fast food places around here

    Anonymous on

  • Do they sell casings? I want to make homemade sausage. I don’t wanto pig, sheep will be ideal. Let me know.

    Yamahomo on

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