Pig Bleecker's menu offers so much more than just pig

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?

BBQ Buffalo Chicken Wings with Hatch Vinegar & Alabama White Sauce

BBQ Buffalo Chicken Wings with Hatch Vinegar & Alabama White Sauce

Grilled Oysters with Spicy Garlic Butter & Breadcrumbs

Grilled Oysters with Spicy Garlic Butter & Breadcrumbs

Lasagne with Smoked Duck Ragu, Bechamel, Grandma's Gravy & Parmesan

Lasagne with Smoked Duck Ragu, Bechamel, Grandma's Gravy & Parmesan

Anson Mills Grits with House Made Boursin Cheese & Honey

Anson Mills Grits with House Made Boursin Cheese & Honey

Favorites:

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. 

A Guide to Midtown Lunch

In the hustle and bustle of Midtown it can be quite difficult to find good hearty places to enjoy lunch. Below are a couple of gems I've found. Enjoy!

1. Between the Bread: Plenty of seating which includes communal seats, large portions, great price points and the food is delicious. I got chef's salmon, cauliflower and couscous with mushrooms. My friend raved about her chicken paillard with honey mustard sauce, beets and cauliflower. 

20 E 40th St, New York, 10016

20 E 40th St, New York, 10016

2. Antico Noé: Straight from Florence, the owners brought their paninis across the Atlantic to Midtown East. I got their famous rustic stuffed chicken panini with rosé sauce, mushrooms and mozzarella. 

220 E 53rd St, New York, NY 10022

220 E 53rd St, New York, NY 10022

3. Luke's Lobster- If you suddenly get a lobster craving at work this is the place to go. Although it is a bit pricey for lunch ($16), the lobster is delicious and they have a huge space with outdoor seating.

207 E 43rd St, New York, NY 10017

207 E 43rd St, New York, NY 10017

4. Shake Shack- Why would you get burgers from anywhere else when you can go to Shake Shack? This is the perfect lunch spot if you're looking to grab food and go. Also, yes that is the chick'n shack and no it is not better than the shack burger.

691 8th Ave, New York, NY 10036

691 8th Ave, New York, NY 10036