Pork is all the rage at two brand-new city restaurants serving down home, yet sophisticated food. Zagat Editor Chris Walsh filed the following report.
It’s all about the pig at two recently opened pork-themed restaurants dishing out affordable yet somewhat sophisticated grub in spaces that may remind you of your favorite neighborhood bars.
The first, from Dave Massoni, John Bush and "Top Chef" alum Dale Talde, is the roadhouse-inspired Pork Slope, located at 247 Fifth Avenue in Park Slope.
Early menu highlights include the porky melt (cheese-stuffed bratwurst served with griddled onions and mustard, $6.50), a half-order of fried chicken ($14) and a reasonable $6.50 cheeseburger, plus house-smoked eats (brisket, St. Louis ribs, pulled pork served with potatoes and slaw, $8-$22), all served until 2 a.m., though the bar will be slinging drinks until 4 a.m.
"I wanted to make the bar I wanted to hang out in," says Bush. "We have some really nice expensive bourbons, some really old-school bourbons that are very cheap, same thing with my beer."
Expect a focus on whiskey, bourbon, rye and scotch, plus about 25 beers on tap.
The West Village's Swine has a rock and punk vibe going on — the Rolling Stones, Dead Kennedys, Beastie Boys and probably the coolest Madonna photo you'll ever see are some of the pro-shot photos on the walls — and it offers a full menu with large and small plates along with a special charcuterie menu.
"Everything except the surryano ham is made in-house," says executive chef Phil Conlon.
The charcuterie menu includes chicken liver mousse ($10), fois gras torchon ($10), rabbit and mushroom terrine ($10), roasted veggie and goat cheese terrine ($10), country pate ($10), head cheese ($10), and pork ($10) and duck rillettes ($10).
Swine, located at 531 Hudson Street, is open Monday to Saturday from 3 p.m. to 3 a.m. and Sunday from 3 p.m. to 12 a.m.
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