The name Pig Bleecker would understandably lead you to think that this place is a pig lover's heaven. And you're not completely wrong because there is pork in every part of the menu but what's incredible is how many incredible more smoked meat dishes there are on the menu. This is not your typical BBQ restaurant. Pig Bleecker is innovative, pushing the bounds of messy BBQ while keeping it delicious and infusing the BBQ staples with italian classics. The cocktails (not pictured) deserve a lot of love as well. Many of them are mezcal and tequila based with a running theme of smokiness. After eating at Pig Bleecker it has become my go to Italian/BBQ place- now how rare is it to find a place like that?
1. Grilled Oysters with Spicy Garlic Butter & Breadcrumbs- How can you make something so simple like oysters taste even better? Garlic butter and breadcrumbs is the unlikely yet scrumptious answer. I loved the seasoning on the breadcrumbs and how well it paired with the butter and oyster.
2. Lasagne with Smoked Duck Ragu, Bechamel, Grandma's Gravy & Parmesan- My lasagne had just the right amount of burned ends and that made the dish amazing for me. I hate when lasagna is sorry or too stiff but the shell here was perfect. Also duck ragu is so much more superior than beef ragu why do we not eat it more?
3. Anson Mills Grits with House Made Boursin Cheese & Honey- This was my first time trying sweet and savory grits and I am a huge fan! Honey and boursin cheese is a delicious pair but throw in some grits and you've got a homerun.