The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one’s own country as a foreign land.” – G.K. Chesterton

Wednesday, 3 June 2009

Porky goodness @ Porchetta, NYC

One of Rob's colleagues is a big pork fan, and he recommended Porchetta as the best place to eat pork in NYC. This is a no-frills place specialising in Roman-style roast pork, so don't be surprised to see only ten items on its menu. There are limited seating at this tiny eatery (maybe 6 stools by the corner bar lining one wall and window, and a couple of small tables outside), and this place gets crowded during peak meal times.

Roasted piggies on display:

We got the Porchetta Sandwich (US$9) and the Porchetta Plate (US$14). The sandwich was pork and crispy crackling presented in a toasted ciabatta bun with nothing else. The pork was so good that it really doesn't need anything else. The simple sandwich is a great way to enjoy the roast pork for all its deliciousness, unspoiled by condiments and other ingredients that usually accompanies sandwiches. Meaty, juicy, tender and crispy with the fragrance of herbs - I honestly did not expect it to be this good. The plate was the same roast pork served with chicory and beans. The sides were not that great - the greens was swimming in oil (although it was nicely garlicky) and the beans was rather tasteless and bland. Not necessarily a bad thing as it emphasises the fact that Porchetta focuses on its specialty (pork) and not much else, and hence do a fantastic job at it. I reckon the toasted ciabatta was a better accompaniment to the pork, but Rob said he liked that he could enjoy the pork on its own with the plate.

The Sandwich and the Plate:

Porchetta is a must for pork fans in NYC!

Porchetta on Urbanspoon

This will be my last post for a few days because I will be busy with preparing for our return trip back to Tokyo.


  1. Oh my gosh
    That looks so good....
    Sam :)

  2. Re: Oh my gosh
    I wish you could taste it Sam.. It was good :9

  3. It's true, I'm a huge pork fan. Glad you guys enjoyed it!

  4. Thanks for the recommendation!