I’m not sure what gave rise to this, but the past year or two has really seen the renaissance of pork or anything porcine in nature. When the magazine Time Out New York issued its annual “100 Best Things We Ate And Drank This Year” in December 2008, and this $9 sandwich from Porchetta came out at the VERY TOP of the list, of course I was curious and definitely wanted to try it…
Located in a tiny storefront in what must be considered the East Village, Porchetta serves up slow roasted pork with cracklings in a substantial bun. The tender and flavorful meat and juices together with chunky bits of crackling are heavenly and absolutely delicious. However, be forewarned that the cracklings can break weak teeth or crowns… :)
A tiny counter and a heated case displays the large pieces of roast pork, with the aroma of spices and fat lingering in the small space. One orders a porchetta sandwich or a porchetta sandwich (there isn’t much choice) and a bottled drink of some sort. At $9 per sandwich, it sounds a little pricey, but I thought it was worth it!
You can sit on benches outdoors or eat it at a stand up counter indoors. But the place tends to get really packed, so try and hit it at slightly off-peak hours. Definitely worth a visit for Pinoys in the area with a hankering for pork or a lechon substitute, though they might long for rice and Mang Tomas sarsa as well. Hmmm… maybe I should test a Zubuchon sandwich or a shredded paksiw sandwich instead. :)
110 East 7th Street