It's easy to pass by Muncan Food Corp.
An unassuming storefront in Astoria, there's little to indicate Muncan is worth a stop.
But open the door a crack, and you'll see--and smell--a trove of carnivorous delights, courtesy of a crew of Eastern European meat masters.
This family-run butcher shop was opened in 1978 by Tima Muncan, who grew up in Vojvodina, in what is today Serbia. The shop carries a mind-boggling array of meat products with roots in Romania, Hungary, Serbia, Croatia and other nearby countries.
Even if you're not familiar with those places' culinary traditions, you'll appreciate Muncan's wares: smoky-sweet dried Istrian sausages ($7 to $11 per lb); ruby-colored lamb prosciutto tingling with salt ($15 per lb); 19 different kinds of bacon ($6 to $8 per lb) adorned with everything from whole peppercorns to garlic slivers.
All the items are made at Muncan's facility in Ridgewood, then stockpiled--and we mean piled--at the tiny store.
The counter is run by a genial, multicultural staff that caters to the neighborhood's diverse population. Case in point: One of the signatures is pork jumari, which Hispanic shoppers know as chicharrones and Southerners call cracklings.
The prices at Muncan are refreshingly old-school, too--an incentive for a ride on the R train.
Muncan Food Corp., 4309 Broadway (between 43rd and 44th sts.), Queens; 718-278-8847 or muncanfoodcorp.com
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