Thanks, Maestro. I passed along the information to some e-acquaintances that live in the area…and I concur with JRPfeff. I’d gladly pay $30/lb for a dry-aged Wagyu ribeye!
As someone once said, “You only go around once but if you do it right, that’s all you need!”
Obviously, one of the best food benefits of living in Philly.
I am jealous.
I was browsing at the Reading Terminal yesterday during my lunch break when I came to the L. Halteman butcher counter. I had noticed USDA prime steaks that were not dry-aged there in recent months. But yesterday, for the first time, I saw dry-aged Wagyu ribeye. It was $30 per pound, which is a lot compared to what one pays for a steak in a supermarket. But compared to every other place I’ve seen Wagyu beef sold, it’s very inexpensive, especially considering that it’s dry-aged. Wegman’s charges the same amount for dry-aged USDA prime and I’ve seen Wagyu New York Strip typically go for about $50 per pound when it’s not dry-aged. I don’t think I’ve seen dry-aged wagyu beef in this area before.
I couldn’t resist and bought one 12-ounce steak for dinner last night. It was without a doubt the best-tasting steak I’ve ever eaten. I like to treat myself to a high-end steak maybe a couple times per year. I typically get the dry-aged USDA prime at Wegman’s, and have also tried their Wagyu NY Strip (not dry-aged) once or twice over the years. Neither were comparable to the ribeye from L. Halteman’s that I had last night in terms of either flavor or texture. The meat was so rich that I had difficulty finishing the 12 ounces. Eight to ten would have been enough. It is a fairly thin steak, which is fine. It only needs one to two minutes per side, depending on how you like it, on a very hot cast iron pan over high heat.
If you’re in the area and want to try an amazing steak at what is a relatively good price (my steak that cost just over $20 would probably go for at least $75 in a restaurant and at least $50 at any of the other very few butchers that offer this level of beef in the region), I couldn’t recommend this place more highly. Of course, it may be best to call first to make sure they have it in stock.
Great Steak from Reading Terminal in Philadelphia
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