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Search for the best Pork Belly in Manhattan!

druz99 Oct 10, 2007 10:43 AM

So, pork belly seems to be a popular item on the menu these days---a win win for both the chef and diner, really, since it's one of the cheapest parts of the poor pig, and one of the tastiest for the consumer (if you're not fat, overweight, or already have a serious cholesterol problem). I've seen and eaten it 3 times over the last fortnight at Momofuku Ssam Bar (pork buns), Fatty Crab (pork buns), and Perilla (grilled in oven till crispy...wonderful!)

I am in a pork belly trance and am on my quest to find more variations of the dish. Obscure, random, topic, I know...but I figure if there's any place to ask, it's here.

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  1. doona RE: druz99 Oct 10, 2007 10:49 AM

    Urena used to have these ravioli's wrapped in pork belly fat instead of pasta. They were a special item that I don't think was ever on the menu but they were AMAZING.

    If any chowchefs are reading this, pleeeeease open a restaurant and serve this on your menu and invite me to the debut.

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      Lucia RE: druz99 Oct 10, 2007 10:57 AM

      Blaue Gans has a good version.

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        sam1 RE: Lucia Oct 10, 2007 12:58 PM

        i had it the other night...watch out for some bones...they left them in.

        it was a pretty heavy dish but pretty good.

      2. dkstar1 RE: druz99 Oct 10, 2007 11:41 AM

        wd~50, Jean-Georges (special), Daniel, Cafe Gray, ad infinitum.

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          druz99 RE: dkstar1 Oct 12, 2007 01:17 PM

          Jean-Georges serves pork belly (talk about MARGINS on their dishes)? How did I miss this? Is this in the formal dining room or at Nougatine? Please divulge!

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            dkstar1 RE: druz99 Oct 16, 2007 07:19 PM

            I had it for lunch in the Nougatine room and I've only seen it on the menu once or twice, and I eat there fairly regularly...but when its there, its delicious.

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          shisan RE: druz99 Oct 10, 2007 11:58 AM

          braised pork belly at Bao Noodles

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            kayonyc RE: shisan Oct 10, 2007 02:48 PM

            yum - was there this past weekend for it.

            I'd add - Prok belly at the Modern dining room, Wallse, Minca (toroniku ramen), pork belly on skewer with miso or mustard at yakitori Totto

            Also, you need to go back to fatty crab for their pork belly and watermelon pickle salad. It's sooooooooo good.

          2. Monica RE: druz99 Oct 10, 2007 12:01 PM

            or try fresh grilled sliced pork belly on an open fire at one of the korean restaurants in nyc.

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              fun_seanny RE: Monica Oct 10, 2007 01:58 PM

              i second that notion. grilled pork belly dipped in salt and sesame oil, paired with soju, is delicious beyond words.

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                bosun RE: fun_seanny Oct 11, 2007 07:48 AM

                any specific place you can recommend? that sounds so amazing!

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                  Monica RE: bosun Oct 12, 2007 07:51 AM

                  Woo ri jip on 32nd street have it.

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                druz99 RE: Monica Oct 12, 2007 01:19 PM

                Monica, I have many times before--also in Chinese dishes where Pork Belly is very popular--but to be honest anything fatty grilled over those barbecues starts to taste the same (bulgoki, kalbi, etc). Any western perspectives on pork belly experiences?

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                SamScaff RE: druz99 Oct 10, 2007 12:46 PM

                Bar none...the Spicy Twice Cooked Pork at Grand Sichuan (I prefer the 24th/9th location). Make sure you get it fatty (ie, with pork belly).

                Sooo good.

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                  Nehna RE: SamScaff Oct 10, 2007 01:25 PM

                  Yeah I've had that dish at the one in St. Marks and it is indeed very tasty.

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                    tazerowe RE: SamScaff Oct 12, 2007 05:33 AM

                    In addition to the double cooked pork, they also make a nice red-braised pork belly at the St. Marks location.

                  2. Jel212 RE: druz99 Oct 10, 2007 01:15 PM

                    I had it at Hearth for the first time maybe two years ago, and it was incredible

                    1. financialdistrictresident RE: druz99 Oct 10, 2007 03:00 PM

                      Degustation.

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                        jona2325 RE: financialdistrictresident Oct 11, 2007 07:10 PM

                        I second Degustation. Mercat's is geat too. When I say great, I mean crave-worthy.

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                          Boswell RE: jona2325 Oct 12, 2007 07:08 AM

                          I was going to mention Mercat too. Decadently good, and I even liked the asparagus that came with it (and I usually don't like asparagus). It was just $17 for a portion big enough to share.

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                            druz99 RE: Boswell Oct 12, 2007 01:19 PM

                            Mercat...mmm, will definitely have to check this one out. Thanks for the tips, guys!

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                              Lau RE: druz99 Oct 13, 2007 08:09 AM

                              mercat's version is pretty good, i had a good version at veritas a couple months ago

                              i think some other people mentioned it, you need to try dong po pork (dong po rou) at a shanghainese restaurant...although you need to go to flushing (none of the places in ctown make it right); it literally melts in your mouth

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                                druz99 RE: Lau Oct 16, 2007 07:27 PM

                                Fantastic! This is a whole lot of Pork Belly to digest, people, and if I heed all your advice I will not live to see the light of day tomorrow. Thank you for all the great tips!

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                      2. DarthEater RE: druz99 Oct 10, 2007 07:04 PM

                        Two nights ago I had a grilled japanese version at Hagi. You can also get it yakitori style or over rice with pickled veggies. It was soo delicious.

                        Last night I had the tasting menu at Blue Hill and one of the dishes had a small piece of pork belly addition to the loin.

                        Shanghai cafe on Mott street has it but its not on the menu. For under ten bucks you get a huge chunk of it. Its called dong po dish.

                        My dad makes it the best for me.

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                          kathryn RE: druz99 Oct 10, 2007 10:11 PM

                          Tailor does a very good version with, I believe, miso butterscotch. Yum!

                          1. Brian S RE: druz99 Oct 11, 2007 08:59 AM

                            How about pork belly made according to a thousand year old recipe first described in a poem written in the 12th century? A big slab for $6!!!!!

                            http://www.chowhound.com/topics/33257...

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                              DarthEater RE: Brian S Oct 11, 2007 09:15 AM

                              its 8.95 in shanghai cafe if thats what your referring to?

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                                Brian S RE: DarthEater Oct 11, 2007 01:23 PM

                                Yeah, it's been a while since I ordered it.(and it used to be higher even then) It used to be on the Chinese menu only, but you can ask for it. they know dongpo.

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                                  DarthEater RE: Brian S Oct 11, 2007 05:00 PM

                                  Indeed they do! I also love the preserved ones (lop yook) but this is more for home cooking because the public don't generally like this peasantry sort of item. I would add a few pieces to my rice cooker or casserole rice at home. It gives it a nice flavor.

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                              batterypark RE: druz99 Oct 11, 2007 01:26 PM

                              Yeah Shanghai on Bayard.

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                                Pork Whisperer RE: druz99 Oct 11, 2007 05:18 PM

                                The braised Berkshire pork belly at Momofuku Noodle Bar is good. Goes well with the crispy tails.

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                                  censorone RE: druz99 Oct 12, 2007 11:41 AM

                                  i love the braised pork belly at sakagura and thin slices korean bbq at sheilla.

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                                    chocokitty RE: druz99 Oct 16, 2007 07:32 PM

                                    Kampuchea has their own version of crispy pork belly, which I found it pretty good and intriguing with the use of cider vinegar to cut through the fat of the dish.

                                    Here's my post on my meal there:
                                    http://thewanderingeater.wordpress.co...

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                                      weekenders RE: druz99 Oct 17, 2007 05:13 AM

                                      Saturday night we tried Harold's crispy pork belly at Perilla. I don't think ther's a better preparation around. In fact the entire meal exceeded expectations.

                                      1. Brian S RE: druz99 Oct 22, 2007 06:11 PM

                                        I found three more, though I haven't tried them.

                                        Balthazar, braised pork belly $22 ($18 at lunch)

                                        Bar Room at the Mndern $15 (small portion)

                                        Fatty Crab, pork belly and watermelon salad $10

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                                          jhggeyser RE: druz99 Oct 22, 2007 08:05 PM

                                          I had the best pork belly of my life last week at Eleven Madison Park. In fact, it was a Top Five meal from start to finish. Run there, and then run back home afterward to burn off the calories.

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                                            hothamwater RE: druz99 Jul 8, 2009 02:23 PM

                                            Get thee to Ippudo!!! Their pork belly buns are the best around!

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