Afternoon Snack: Jerky from New Beef King

Afternoon Snack

Quick bites to tide you over without spoiling dinner.

It's late afternoon and dinner is a few hours away. Where do you get a quick bite to carry you through the day? Afternoon Snack looks at quick bites to tide you over without spoiling dinner. Got a snack we should check out? Let us know. —The Mgmt.


Spicy pork jerky strips and curry beef chunks. [Photo: Robyn Lee]

A day spent wandering Chinatown can wear you down fast, and the obvious fuel of some starchy dumplings may put you to sleep more than fuel you up. Times like these demand a concentrated chunk of protein—and there's no better answer than jerky.

New Beef King, one of our Chinatown jerky favorites, sells a delicious moist (i.e. not preserved) jerky: spicy, meaty, and sweet. Strips are the most compact portable option; red-lacquered pork is the two dimensional version of the char siu roast pork hanging in nearby windows. Opt for the spicy versions if you have any tolerance whatsoever, as it adds serious dimension to the meat.

My favorite offerings are the chunks, deeply spiced nuggets of extra-moist meat with a satisfying chew. Curry beef is especially nice—the ruddy curry powder brings out the sweetness of the beef. Each jerky will run you about $20 a pound, but a quarter pound makes for several generous snacks.

New Beef King

89 Bayard Street, New York NY 10012 (map) 212-233-6612