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Oct 10, 2007 10:43 AM

Search for the best Pork Belly in Manhattan!

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.

I like to eats.

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  1. 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.

    1. Blaue Gans has a good version.

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      1. re: Lucia

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

        it was a pretty heavy dish but pretty good.

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

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        1. re: dkstar1

          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!

          I like to eats.

          1. re: druz99

            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.


        2. braised pork belly at Bao Noodles

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          1. re: shisan

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

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            1. re: Monica

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

              1. re: fun_seanny

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

                1. re: bosun

                  Woo ri jip on 32nd street have it.

              2. re: Monica

                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?

                I like to eats.