[exploration]dining invited me to this tasting event at Albert Hall Tavern. The Screaming Oysters From Hell were awesome. Then they brought out a whole suckling pig. We asked for the face …then the brain. I think they were out of the brain.
Anyway [exploration]dining is a new website similar to those 50% off sites (Groupon, LivingSocial, Scoutmob), but in the form of exclusive club/membership. I just signed in to check it out. Looks like you get rewards for trying different spots –For instance one of the “Journeys”, you eat at 5 select restaurants (using the 50% off deal), you’ll get a free paid dinner for two at The Spotted Pig.
It shows I have two invites I can give away to [exploration]dining club. Message me if you want it.
Albert Hall Tavern – 508 9th Ave (btwn 38th & 39th St) Manhattan, NY 10018
The U.S. Open is being screened at Madison Square Park right now and I went to check out the food vendors. There’s some good options like banh mi sandwiches, fancy wings and beer, but my eyes stopped at “Pig Face Sandwich” from Resto. Mostly cheek meat with pickled onions on ciabatto ($8). I can’t remember if I’ve ever had pig face. At least I remember really wanting to.
My first bite was all bread and it was chewy. The meat was a light spread and had a bit of a cooked alcohol aroma to it. Right around the middle of it, it started getting real good when the pig face juice started soaking in the bread. I didn’t realize how much pig face juice there was. I got it all over my pants. I found a few pieces of meat after I finished the sandwich, which tasted kinda like liver and I likee. It made me think how the bread was just in the way. If I had to do it again, I’d open face it. They also have a Sloppy Goat Sandwich that sounds good. I love sloppy meats.
Resto @ Madison Square Park, NYC 10010 …until Sept 12th