by Karman Chao, Trent Emanuel and Alice Wong, 08/09/2012
Photo: Trent Emanuel
43-46 41st St., 718-784-1078
For more than 16 years, Butcher Block has brought a bit of Ireland to Sunnyside. While it's the wide selection of meat—blood sausages, rashers, corned beef, stuffed boneless chicken and something called "boiling bacon"—that lures customers in, the friendly charm and foods from the Emerald Isle are what keep patrons coming back. The shelves are chock-full of imported Irish and British goods, including crisps (potato chips), bottled drinks, dry mixes for oatmeal and soda bread, and sweets like candies and chocolate. Top sellers are bread and tea, abundant in both quantity and flavor, like everything else at the shop. The flavorful sausage rolls are also very popular. Stop by on the way home to grab dinner—there are different specials for every day of the week. If you're arriving by car, call ahead of time to place your order and enjoy free curbside delivery.