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The siblings who own Ducks Eatery on East 12th Street are behind Harry & Ida’s Meat and Supply Company, which opened today at 189 Avenue A.
The New York Times has a mini preview today of the shop between East 11th Street and East 12th Street:
It’s named for their great-grandparents Harry and Ida Zinn, Hungarian immigrants who had a store in Harlem. The market specializes in preserved foods: pickling, hot- and cold-smoking, fermenting and canning to make goods as varied as old-fashioned pastrami and smoked eels for sandwiches.
EVG reader Shawn Chittle stopped by earlier. "Feels like a Vermont supply shop. Smells like the country. They have breads and meats and all sorts of stuff," he said via email. "Some will like it. Not sure they have what people around here want — time will tell."
Previously, the space was going to be home to I Cipressi, but the Italian restaurant wasn't able to open. Vampire Freaks was the last tenant here, closing in December 2011.
Updated 3:21 p.m.
You know the Times wasn't kidding when they mentioned eels... EVG reader Riian Kant-McCormick notes that the store has a tank of live eels... (does this count as a fishmonger???)
Previously on EV Grieve:
Harry and Ida's Meat & Supply Co. coming to Avenue A