As a next door neighbor to Red Farm, Swine’s charm remains undiminished. The dark, wooden interior reminiscent of the bacon whiskey I had on my first night there. An admirable test of the old adage, all things are better with bacon–nonetheless, I would say an inconclusive examination as I managed the aftertaste of the infused spirit.
The casual ambiance is of the sort that still requires some attention to attire and much attention to the wonderfully tempting food and drink menus. Simple in description, the charcutarie and small plates are just the kind of thing to go with a swig of wine. While the Duck Fat Cashews looked pretty ingenious, we went with the classic deviled egg to start–a nice mustardy kick with the perfect tensile strength due a properly executed egg white.
Since my adjective stores are lacking in the area of charcuterie, I will leave you to pick and choose what goes down with your choice of booze and brews. Let me then charge onto the entrees.
Compelled by the context, I of course ordered the chop. Despite the onion agrodolce and mustard, this chop was somehow nothing more than slightly above average. The bone marrow brisket burger however, was the exclamation point at the end of the meal. With bated breathe we had waited for its arrival, and with each incremental bite there was more to taste and to mull over. The depth of flavor of the bone marrow translated uncommonly well, and found itself quite at home between the two buns.
My two forays to Swine have both been accompanied by sweet toothless aliens. And so, I have no commentary on the dessert. Although I must say, for an eatery to have both duck fat cashews and bone marrow burgers, it knows a thing or two about sated the glutton’s palette.
Embodying the spirit of architecting the simple–in feel and in food–Swine pulls off a thoughtful casual without a hitch. Just another place to keep in the back of your pocket walking through the culinary blessed area that is the West Village.
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From the Notebook: We’ve completely run out of piggy related titles, it seems that quite a few NYC restaurants are porky themed. Photos of restauarant and charcuterie courtesy of Brent Herrig. Photos of burger courtesy of Gabi Porter. Thanks!
531 Hudson St
New York, NY 10014