BarBacon. Booze and Bacon. Grilled Cheese with Bacon. Caesar Salad with Bacon. Bahn Mi with Bacon. Lobster Roll with Bacon. You name it; it’s got Bacon. This is not a place for the vegans or the Kosher. This is a place for those who love to indulge (or are incredibly stoned). It’s a gluttonous paradise, with every dish more rich and crunchy then the last.
This is the kind of place you want to sit down and throw back a few beers. Exposed brick walls and light wooden tables fill the space. The open bar in the middle attracts crowds trying to catch whatever sporting event is on television. The waitstaff portray a similar vibe, the kind of guys you’d love to grab a beer with. They are knowledgeable about the menu, and seem to actually enjoy being there.
Chef and Owner Peter Sherman treats the star ingredient with extra care. Things aren’t over the top just to be ridiculous. Instead, he utilizes a variety of Bacon in from local farms, each prepared with different smoke and glazes. Different types of Bacon are used based on the dish. Vietnamese spiced Soy & Anise glazed Bacon for the BarBacon Bahn Mi; Applewood Smoked Bacon for the more traditional BLTs and Burgers; Nueske’s Bacon for the BBQ Pork Sandwich.
Chalk Specials fill the boards along the back end of the wall. Different vegetable varieties, appetizers and main dishes change daily. To start, I was instantly drawn to the Pork Buns. Sold individually, we ordered one each before our bacon filled entrees.
Thick slices of pork belly are slathered in a sweet and sour sauce, which drips down your fingers leaving behind a sticky, orange trail. Cooked snow peas absorb the sauce, but hardly contribute any freshness to the dish. The steamed buns are light and fluffy, prepared remarkably well. It’s no Momofuku Pork Bun, but it definitely satisfies any craving.
For my main meal, I went for the classic with a twist; Shani’s BLT.
Now that’s one hell of a BLT. At a place specializing in Bacon, they needed to transform the classic sandwich into something a little bit more special. Crispy, buttery and sturdy ciabatta holds the layers of ingredients in place. Avocado adds creaminess, mixing with the mayonnaise as a dressing. Sweet, bright red tomatoes acts a buffer between the avocado and the fried egg. It’s a decadent, rich sandwich, that I’m dreaming about right now.
Mike indulged in the BBQ Pork Sandwich, with is topped with yes, you guessed it, Bacon. It’s pig on pig, overflowing in the ciabatta roll. Pineapple slaw adds layers of crunch and sweetness to the rich pulled pork shoulder. A hell of a sandwich.
Not realizing the dishes came with a side of chips, we ordered the Bacon Salted Tater Tots as a side dish.
Salty and smoky, the tater tots are a ridiculously rich side dish. They are sweet, savory and leave behind a likable residue on your fingers tips.
BarBacon is fun. The playful menu highlights everything we love about our beloved Bacon. Bacon flights are available for the purists, trying four different varieties that can also be paired with beer samples. This is a really cool bar to catch the game, and eat some great, bacon filled grub.
BarBacon – 836 Ninth Avenue – New York, NY
Location: Hell’s Kitchen, NY
Type: American (Traditional)
Perfect For: Sports on TV, Casual Meal, Drinks
Reservations: Not Accepted
Favorite Dishes: Shani’s BLT, BBQ Pork Sandwich