A Market for Meat and Melodies

Neighborhood Joint

A series of articles profiling favorite local haunts.
What’s your neighborhood joint?

Most of the old Yorkville is long gone — the beer halls, sausage bars and other haunts that once distinguished this Upper East Side neighborhood as an outpost of Old World charm.

But at Conte’s Market, a butcher shop and grocery at 89th Street and York Avenue, customers can still catch a whiff of the past. And on Friday mornings, as they order meat for weekend picnics, they can even hear a few melodies of yore.

Nick Conte was born in the Bronx 77 years ago; he worked in the shop for eight years until the owners retired in 1986 and sold it to him. Conte’s is a classic New York corner store, with a painted canvas sign and no neon in the front windows. The unadorned interior is presided over by Mr. Conte and two veteran assistants, Parvezur Rahman and Mamum Hossain.

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