Pat LaFrieda Meat Purveyors is a third generation meat wholesaler based in North Bergen, New Jersey that specializes in dry-aged steaks and artisanal burger patties but also supplies selected cuts of beef, pork, poultry, veal, lamb and buffalo. The company provides meat for the “Black Label Burger” at Minetta Tavern, as well as other signature custom blends at New York City restaurants such as Shake Shack, Spotted Pig, Union Square Café, Blue Smoke and Market Table.
Pat LaFrieda Meat Purveyors began when Anthony LaFrieda (Pat LaFrieda Jr.’s great-grandfather) immigrated to the United States from Naples, Italy, in 1909 and opened a butcher shop in Brooklyn, New York in 1922. In 1950, Pat LaFrieda I and his brother Louis LaFrieda took advantage of a meat workers strike and opened “LaFrieda Meats” in New York City's meatpacking district on West 14th Street. In 1964, Pat LaFrieda I and his son Pat LaFrieda II (known today as Pat Sr.) took full ownership over LaFrieda Meats and changed the name to Pat LaFrieda Meat Purveyors. As business grew, the shop changed locations several times (from West 14th Street, to Little West 12th Street, and then to Bleecker Street) but finally settled on Leroy Street (also known today as Pat LaFrieda Lane) in 1980.
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