Ohhh the power of pork. Some say it’s so powerful that it can make a vegetarian turn in their strongest hour. While the Pig Ear has been sitting pretty in many a southern restaurant’s menu for quite some time, it has made it’s way up to the big city and is here to stay. We’ve recently tried the Crispy Pig Ear Lettuce Wrap at Duck’s Eatery and it’s got us on a tear. Here’s where we love ‘em all over NYC, have any other suggestions? We’ll see y’all there!
I’m In The Kitchen Sandwich Board:
The Pick of the Pig Ear
Duck’s Eatery: Crispy Pig Ear Lettuce Wrap
Chef Will Horowitz eases you into the Pig Ear, which is great if you’re a first timer. The Lettuce Wrap is served with Lingham’s hot sauce, pickled cabbage and sesame seeds, and the strips of crispy pig ear makes it approachable. The flavors marry in such a succulent way that you may even forget what you’re eating.
East Village: 351 East 12th Street; 212-432-DUCK
The Spotted Pig: Crispy Pig’s Ear Salad with Lemon Caper Dressing
You can’t really talk about anything pig related without mentioning the queen herself, April Bloomfield. Her homage to the pig at her flagship restaurant boasts a menu that would make any pig a squealer. The Crispy Pig Ear salad has been on her menu for a while and it’s here to stay, because, frankly, what’s not to love?
West Village: 314 W. 11th Street; 212-620-0393
Perla: Crispy Pig’s Ear and Testa
It doesn’t get more southern than this, well that is unless you’re in the south. This dish is double packing- pig’s ear and a pancetta vinaigrette. Served with Corn and peaches, it makes you swoon as you’re eating it. Taste it if you don’t believe us.
Greenwich Village: 24 Minetta Lane; 212-933-1824