Forest Pork Store

380 Jericho Tpke. Huntington Station, NY 631-423-2574

At Forest Pork Store in Huntington Station, store

(Credit: Newsday, 2011 / Erica Marcus)

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No disrespect to Long Island's scores of pork stores, but Italy has nothing on Germany when it comes to sausage. Case in point: Forest Pork Store, a full-service butcher and German grocer that also sells a vast array of sausages made in the store's 70-year-old plant in Ridgewood, Queens.

It was in Ridgewood that Forest Pork Store got its start. As German immigrants started moving to Long Island, Forest Pork followed them, opening this Huntington Station location in 1971. Two of the store's partners, Walter Kump and John Schiefele, work at the plant. Peter Lanwes, ex NYPD and Schiefele's brother-in-law, came aboard three years ago to run the Long Island store along with longtime manager Bob Marini.

The onset of grilling season is a fine time to make the acquaintance of German sausages. Forest Pork makes its own frankfurters in regular, foot-long, skinless and cocktail varieties, as well as their big, garlicky cousin, knockwurst. But why stop at hot dogs? The fat bratwursts are fresh and unsmoked (think Italian sausage with a finer grind) and are best parboiled before being grilled. But the delicate veal-based weisswursts and bockwursts (weisswurst with parsley) are fully cooked and grill up like a dream. Ditto bauernwurst (reminiscent of kielbasa, flavored with mustard seed) and krainerwurst (smoked bratwurst). Prices range between $6.99 and $7.99 a pound.

One of the pleasures of shopping at Forest Pork Store is the guys who work there -- mature, career butchers who can trim a roast without looking at it, break down a steer's hind quarters with surgical precision and, most impressively, pronounce the names of all the sausages. -- Erica Marcus (Newsday / May 12, 2011)

At Forest Pork Store in Huntington Station, store manager Bob Marini, left, and owner Peter Lanwes display their frankfurters. (May 10, 2011)

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