Maialino....one of the best dinners that I've eaten in a long time
Maialino is just off Gramercy Park, a private park in NYC. If you own one of the town houses surrounding the park, you then have a key to the gate. In my next life, I'm going to make enough money to own a place on Gramercy Park.
Maialino. Italian. Not a lot of red sauce. Lots of pork. They use all the parts.
When I sat down, my server brought me the menu and wine list. I took a brief look at the menu and ordered a drink. When my server came back, I told her that I have been trying to get a reservation here for some time. I was excited to be here, and was prepared to order lots of food. I then asked what were her favorite items. They lined up well with things that caught my eye. I decided not to order the items that are prepared at other restaurants, but ordered more unusual items. What did I eat?
They were featuring suckling pig. My starter was grilled suckling pig face. They took a suckling pig head, split it into two, took the brains out (thank you), lightly breaded and grilled the face. It was delicious, crispy, unctuous. The server suggested that I not forget to flip Porky over to get the tongue and ear. I had this with some weird Italian white wine that was quite acid, a good match to the fat.
Next, I had a bolognese sauce made the rabbit legs, some tomato, and some green olives. It was served with a tubular pasta. I normally avoid things, other than martinis, served with olives. But the olives used in this dish were great. Not too salty, but savory. I had this with an Italian red that was Pinot noir-like.
My last plate was three rib lamb chops. Grilled with spring onions and sun-chokes. I've never had better lamb chops. Washed down with a Sangiovese.
My server was exceptional. With advancing age, I cannot remember her name (Katherine, Charlotte)? I'll always think of her as the Armenian Princess. Her knowledge of the menu and wine pairings was great. She was fun, too.
A decaf espresso, and back to the hotel. What a wonderful meal.
I think it's just getting better with age. And they have a cool happy-hour menu and late-night menu as well.
That suckling pig face sounds amazing. Thanks for the report. Mailaino is one of our favorite restaurants in NYC.
ive been eating less pork over the years but maybe its time for another visit to maialino.
for the record, they serve the maialino al forno for 1. i split that with my girlfriend and it was still pretty huge.
if they have that upside down plum cake, i wouldnt sleep on that either.