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Pork... Favourite places to eat it

Sweatshirt Guy Aug 26, 2007 12:20 PM

Your favourite Pork dishes and where to eat it here in Gotham.

  1. LeahBaila Aug 26, 2007 12:25 PM

    The rack of pork at Bar Americain is fantastic; also love the Berkshire pork at Momofuku Ssam Bar.

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    1. re: LeahBaila
      midtownfoodie Aug 26, 2007 12:28 PM

      Going to second the Bo Ssam at Momofuku. Mmmm, pooooork.

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        kathryn Aug 29, 2007 10:53 PM

        Wait, are you talking about the steamed buns or the pork shoulder (aka Bo Ssam)? Then again, I love both. And the apple salad with Benton's bacon. And the country hams -- all of them. And the pork ribs.

        Mmmm, pork. David Chang 4 life.

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      travpard Aug 26, 2007 12:38 PM

      the pernil at Sophie's is good stuff.

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        kobetobiko Aug 26, 2007 01:04 PM

        There are so many kinds of pork dishes, I don't even know where to start!

        First thing came in mind is Momofuku's Bo ssam and pork bun. The pork that comes with the ramen is also very good.

        The suckling pig at Eleven Madison Park is also additive, though the most recent time that I tried was not as good as before.

        I adore the berkshire pork with spaetzle at Blue Hill

        The suckling pig at Boqueria is also delicious, if not a little conventional.

        Kakuni buta - Japanese dish with the pork belly cooked in sake is a comfort food for me. The version at Morimoto is not really authentic, but it tastes very good!

        On the more "casual" side the pork "toro" (which is actually pork neck meat) at Gyu Kaku and tenderloin katsu at Katsuhama are also my favorites.

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          jdream Aug 26, 2007 08:14 PM

          The first thing that came to mind was the suckling pig at EMP, I agree- though have only been once and it was thoroughly delicious and crunchy and wonderful!

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            Yaqo Homo Aug 26, 2007 09:20 PM

            Agreed! Humm does amazing things.

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          RCC Aug 26, 2007 01:32 PM

          The suckling pig at Peasant is one of the best that i've had in the city.

          1. DarthEater Aug 26, 2007 04:32 PM

            congee village: minced pork and salty fish patty, salt and pepper pork chop
            big wong: cha siew
            shanghai cafe: pork belly
            hsin wong or ny noodletown: roast pig
            lu's 66 (flushing hehe..): fried porkchop. Despite change of ownership...i still love it.

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            1. re: DarthEater
              naphime Sep 21, 2007 02:21 AM

              I agree that roast pork at most Chinatown or Flushing cantonese restaurants are pretty good. But that 66 fried pork chop is one of my favorites. There's also a little Phillipino place in Queens called Ihawan, which serves the best BBQ Pork Skewers and Fried Pig Knuckles.

            2. vvvindaloo Aug 26, 2007 05:03 PM

              Do salumi count? I love to get some good Italian mortadella, maybe some hot sopressata, prosciutto... and pig out. Otherwise, for the non-smoked/aged/cured variety, I do enjoy the crispy pork at Sripraphai (Jackson Heights); steamed pork buns just about anywhere in Chinatown; carnitas just about anywhere (but particularly at Coatzingo, Jackson Heights); ribs at Mo Gridder's BBQ wagon at Hunt's Point in the Bronx; any good Italian restaurant that serves frech pasta with boar ragu-does that count?). Oh, and bacon- on anything!

              1. Yaqo Homo Aug 26, 2007 06:28 PM

                ramen shops are perhaps my favorite way enjoy pork. Momofuku has been mentioned, but I sometimes prefer the ramen at Minca.

                1. CalJack Aug 26, 2007 09:34 PM

                  The pork at Momofuku is momofukin' fantastic.

                  Also, the bacon at Peter Luger is the 8th deadly sin. I refuse to ever let even a fraction of a piece of it go to waste.

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                    dark knight Sep 25, 2007 08:19 AM

                    Weird - the shredded pork they put in Ramen at Momofuku tastes like wet dog to me. I'm not much of a fan.

                    I'm a fan of sam gyup sal - which you can get at many Korean places such as Kunjip - although I have been told that one of the best place is in Bay Side Queens (I've never been).

                    I also really like the smoked pork belly at Fette Sau (although also not Manhattan).

                    1. re: dark knight
                      bigjeff Sep 25, 2007 08:52 AM

                      oh yeah, the samgyupsal . . . . that is sick. get it at Ham-Ji-Bak (they have a couple locations, but pretty much the undisputed king of the unmarinated, grilled, pork belly)

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                        dark knight Sep 25, 2007 11:14 AM

                        Yep that's the place! I didn't realize they had more locations - I'll have to check out the one in Flushing. Thanks.

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                    Lucia Aug 27, 2007 07:28 AM

                    I'll throw in the pork chop at Little Owl

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                      clashfan Aug 27, 2007 10:50 AM

                      Completely agree about the pork chop at the Little Owl. I would also added the crispy pork belly and pickled watermelon salad at Fatty Crab.

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                        pslopian Sep 25, 2007 07:22 AM

                        mmmmm- that pork belly and watermelon salad is one of my most favorite dishes in the world

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                      ChowDiva Aug 27, 2007 08:07 AM

                      To piggyback (ha) on this post, can anyone recommend a place that does a whole pig roast or "Lechon" that isn't too expensive and served out in individual portions?

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                      1. re: ChowDiva
                        bigjeff Aug 27, 2007 11:22 AM

                        if by lechon you refer to the filipino-style of suckling pig, krystal's in manhattan does a serviceable job and they serve it with liver sauce on the side. plenty of crispy skin and juicy meat.

                        1. re: bigjeff
                          Elvis Goldberg Aug 27, 2007 11:31 AM

                          It would be tough to get your fill of anything at krystal's. I don't see krystal's on 1st Ave., anymore.


                          1. re: Elvis Goldberg
                            bigjeff Aug 27, 2007 11:42 AM

                            don't see it like it doesn't exist, or, you just don't see yourself going there? if the latter, agreed; but this is the manhattan board after all, otherwise I'd say march thee over to woodside for ihawan's pork bbq, longanisa or dinuguan.

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                              Elvis Goldberg Aug 27, 2007 11:47 AM

                              Just like I wrote, and I repeat - I don't see krystal's on 1st Ave., anymore.

                              So when was the last time when you were there?


                              1. re: Elvis Goldberg
                                bigjeff Aug 27, 2007 12:08 PM

                                ah gotcha; was there last summer. thought it was a dis to the restaurant, not to it no longer existing.

                        2. re: ChowDiva
                          LRS Sep 3, 2007 08:59 PM

                          The only place where I've had lechon in NYC is El Gran Bohio on 791 East Tremont Ave (Bronx), it is not close to the lechon at puerto rican lechoneras (which are delicious) but is not bad for a nyc lechon.

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                          kam0424 Aug 28, 2007 06:16 AM

                          The pork at Five Point is the best pork dish i've ever had in my life. So juicy and seasoned just right.

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                            kathryn Aug 29, 2007 10:58 PM

                            At brunch, they also do a open-faced Berkshire Bacon Sandwich that is divine.

                          2. JungMann Aug 28, 2007 07:02 AM

                            Among those that haven't already been mentioned:
                            Pork pie - Myers of Keswick
                            Deep fried ruffle fat - Dragonfly

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                            1. re: JungMann
                              jdream Aug 28, 2007 08:11 AM

                              Is this the Dragonfly that just closed on 7th ave south? I was never there but had no idea that it was a culinary destination-- I think the happy hour signs deterred me (not from drinks, but from food...)

                              1. re: jdream
                                JungMann Aug 28, 2007 08:26 AM

                                It's not closed. It's undergoing renovation (unless this is a coverup for being DOH'd). It's not exactly a culinary destination, but I love chicharon bulaklak when drinking and as I do most of my drinking on the west side, this is the only destination for me to get my fix.

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                                  jdream Aug 28, 2007 08:29 AM

                                  good to know- if it does in fact reopen (who knows these days) i'll have to give it a try... thanks for the insight

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                              banjolinana Aug 28, 2007 07:35 AM

                              Cuban Sandwich at Spotted Pig. Berkshire Pork at David Chang's Momofuku Ramen bar and Saam bar.

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                                Blumie Aug 28, 2007 08:38 AM

                                Two recommendations:

                                DB Bistro Moderne, which has several excellent pork dishes, and Wu Lian Ye, for their Double Cooked Fresh Bacon With Spicy Capsicum (extra spicy please!).

                                * * *

                                Homer: Are you saying you're never going to eat any animal again? What about bacon?
                                Lisa: No.
                                Homer: Ham?
                                Lisa: No.
                                Homer: Pork chops?
                                Lisa: Dad, those all come from the same animal.
                                Homer: Heh heh heh. Ooh, yeah, right, Lisa. A wonderful, magical animal.

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                                1. re: Blumie
                                  clashfan Aug 28, 2007 12:14 PM

                                  Dry smoked porked ribs at Daisy May's. Resto also had this special one day I was there, vermont heritage bacon with heirloom tomato and onion salad. It was great.

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                                  GDSwamp Aug 28, 2007 01:53 PM

                                  My house, with some Flying Pigs pork chops or fresh bacon in the pan.

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                                    kathryn Aug 29, 2007 11:02 PM

                                    Cookshop -- double-smoked in house, thick-cut berkshire pork bacon.

                                    Roast pork buns from Chinatown Brasserie. Oriental Garden also does good ones (baked not steamed) for dim sum.

                                    And let's not forget pork soup dumplings.

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                                      cimui Aug 30, 2007 01:16 AM

                                      Beer braised pork belly at the Modern Bar Room and pork belly with smoked yucca at WD 50. (I want to try it at L'Impero, soon! http://nymag.com/daily/food/2007/08/p...)

                                      Almost any pork dish at Lupa, but especially the arista and house made coppa.

                                      The chuletas en salsa pibil (served with chayote in cream sauce and pickled red onions) at La Palapa Rockola on a good day. (When it's good, it's succulent and tender, nicely charred on the outside; when it's bad, it's like eating shoe leather -- total luck of the draw.)

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                                        UES Mayor Aug 30, 2007 04:38 AM

                                        Bosam-at any respectable Korean restaurant-basic preparation is boild pork belly all sliced and presented on huge round platter with the following accompaniments-brined whole nappa cabbage leaves, raw oysters, salted baby shrimps,very spicey daikon (white radish) and sometimes another type of rice type wrapper. You put piece of pork in nappa cabbage leaves with any of the side dishes and enjoy!! You will become so addicted to this dish! I enclosed something I found on google.

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                                          bigjeff Aug 30, 2007 05:37 AM

                                          holy crap that stuff is good. I've had it at ganmeeok, kunjip, chungmoroo, and a few places, but you know, it's always been delicious but a bit sloppy. be aware that the raw oysters are really bad; the frozen kind that comes in a pile and sometimes, even retains the "corner" from the box! the aforementioned momofuku ssam bar does a "gourmet" version with oysters on the half-shell, etc., but I prefer the pork belly slices in your typical korean restaurant; the dish runs around $20 or a bit more.

                                        2. doctorj Aug 30, 2007 04:44 AM

                                          i don't normally go here, but the one time i did go to maloney & porcelli's i had a dish of crackling pork shank with apple sauce. OMG. crisped up pork skin and tender meat .. ayayay. yummy, but i couldn't finish it. probably because as an asian, i was desperately looking to consume the little piggy with RICE! haha! potatoes didn't quite cut it.

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                                            Sweatshirt Guy Sep 2, 2007 08:57 AM

                                            Wound up at Public and the Suckling Pig was amazing. Fun place nice service. I am loking forward to going back.

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                                              Simon Sep 2, 2007 09:01 AM

                                              the roast pork at NY Noodletown

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                                                squid kun Sep 2, 2007 03:42 PM

                                                This never disappoints. Same for the barbecued pork. I haven't tasted all the Chinatown options, but of the 10 or so I've tried, Noodletown's is the only one that needs none of the sauce that's provided alongside

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                                                  Sweatshirt Guy Sep 20, 2007 08:53 AM

                                                  OOPS! I meant Peasant!

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                                                  scrittrice Sep 2, 2007 06:28 PM

                                                  Right now Hearth has a pork-three-ways dish on the menu: slices of loin, a little sausage stuffed into a hollowed-out zucchini, and sweet, sweet pork belly.

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                                                    sushisasha Sep 3, 2007 06:18 PM

                                                    The braised pork in a smoky daikon broth at Sakagura. Delicious.

                                                    If you make it to the outerboroughs, Al Di La tends to have a variety of pork dishes once the weather cools down. I remember one night when they had an entree of pork three ways: the ribs, a juicy chop and a braised tail...amazing.

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                                                    rschwim Sep 4, 2007 12:10 AM

                                                    I really liked the porkchop at Hill Country...

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                                                      lookingforpig Sep 20, 2007 01:14 PM

                                                      Try the cracklin pork shank and maloni & porcelli.

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                                                        rootheee Sep 20, 2007 02:38 PM

                                                        Lechon at Sandy's Lechonera, fried pork chops at La Caridad on 78th and Bway, ribs at Virgil's Real BBQ

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                                                          kayonyc Sep 20, 2007 02:45 PM

                                                          Berkshire Pork skewers with the shiso at Yakitori Totto
                                                          Suckling baby pig - NY NOodletown
                                                          Pork belly in Minca's toroniku ramen
                                                          Pork belly at the Modern Bar room
                                                          Pork and watermelon pickle salad at Fatty Crab
                                                          Watermelon Gazpacho with pork belly at Degustation.
                                                          Mapo Tofu at Grand Sichuan
                                                          Faggots with crisped pig's ear shavings at Spotted Pig

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                                                            weekenders Sep 20, 2007 02:46 PM

                                                            I'm surprised noone has mentioned the swine of the day at the little giant. It's heavenly with one of their bisquits.

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                                                              GDSwamp Sep 21, 2007 08:16 AM

                                                              hmm. sounds interesting. I've been meaning to try this place. should i?

                                                            2. Delucacheesemonger Sep 20, 2007 03:19 PM

                                                              Unmentioned so far
                                                              Honey Pork at New Yeah Shanghai Palace- you might forget about the suckling pig at Greater NY Noodletown
                                                              Pork shank at Barbuto on Washington St- You might forget about the one at Mal/Por

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                                                                randymac88 Sep 25, 2007 09:19 AM

                                                                I'm a big, big fan of the grilled New Yorker pork dog at Crif Dog.

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                                                                  labella Sep 25, 2007 12:09 PM

                                                                  Little Owl has the best pork dish. Moist, tender, and served with delicious butter beans. Must try.

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                                                                    weekenders Sep 25, 2007 04:36 PM

                                                                    Little Giant rocks.

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