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Honest Chops Is Opening a Halal Burger Joint in the Middle of Drunksville

Khalid Latif and Russell Khan (Sarah Aziza)

Khalid Latif and Russell Khan (Sarah Aziza)

“I’m a huge meat lover,” said Khalid Latif. “So, owning a burger joint is kind of the dream, right?”

The love of meat is only part of what’s driving Latif and his partners, Russell Khan and Bassam Tariq, to open Honest Chops Burgers, a Greenwich Village spin-off of their East Village halal butcher shop, Honest Chops. The partners are basing their new fast-casual burger joint on the “Honest-to-God” vision that inspired their flagship butchery. The Honest Chops team espouses the Islamic ideal of “tayyib,” a philosophy of “wholesomeness” and ethical consumption. The idea, says Latif, is to ensure “the entire process is good for the earth, the animal, and the human consumer.”

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Hundreds of Protesters Take the Fight Against Donald Trump to His Backyard

(Photos: Sarah Aziza)

(Photos: Sarah Aziza)

Donald Trump’s presidential campaign has been protested with street artgallery shows, and even a piñata pummeling, but yesterday brought an unprecedented scene as an eclectic crowd of New Yorkers gathered outside the Republican candidate’s own Trump Tower, wielding signs calling to “END RACISM” and “WELCOME REFUGEES.”

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This Eid, Have Your Lamb Slaughtered With the Click of a Button

(Photos: Sarah Aziza)

(Photos: Sarah Aziza)

“It’s really hard to cut the jugular vein in one stroke.”

Thursday morning, I sat in the stairwell of Judson Memorial Church off Washington Square with Imam Khalid Latif, the Chaplain of New York University and head of the Islamic Center of NYU. We chatted about ritual slaughter.

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