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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