In a city that has everything, a city known to be one of the food capitals of the world, how am I going to claim that a simple pork sandwich is one of the best things New York City has to offer? It is simple; food in particular, does not always need to be complicated to be great. Now don't get me wrong, I don't claim to know how much work goes into goes into making a Porchetta sandwich, but I do know there is no fancy food gastronomy involved. It is a "simple is as simple does" pork sandwich and a fine one at that.
The picture really does not begin to do it justice. From the first bite to the last, your mouth will be watering. As you bite through the crunchy skin (my favorite part) and sink your teeth into the tender meat, the textures and saltiness combine to create that perfect pork flavor. Add in the spiced salt and overly delicious mustard for a near perfect bite, every bite. If mustard isn't your thing, Sriracha will do the trick, but if you really want to get crazy (hint: you do) add both. I am getting hungry just thinking about it.
The sandwich is the reason you go, but the potatoes with burnt ends is what puts this place over the top. My problem has always been not ordering a second of each. The only thing preventing me is all the tasty food in this neighborhood alone. The potatoes have that perfect texture to them; crispy on the outside yet mushy enough on the inside that your teeth glide right through them. The menu is simple, sandwich or platter, but why complicate it when you do all of the dishes so well?
I was so impressed my first time there that I inquired about ordering an entire roast just for myself. My best friend growing up and his then girlfriend looked at me like I was crazy, but quickly realized I wasn't joking. Needless to say, I didn't order it but they do ship and it has been quite a while, so it is not out of the realm of possibilities if we can get 20 Chicagoans together. For me, Porchetta is always a must visit when I make it back to NY. In fact, it might be worth the $239 dollar flight I just found. When I talk about needdabest, this is what I am talking about.
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