I’ve been fixing to get to this spot in The Pennsy for a while, and I finally had the opportunity last weekend. I organized a bunch of Instagram food savages to come in and shoot pics, sample the menu and promote the LaFrieda brand, which I have come to love so much.
First up, the roast beef sandwich:
This baby is served cold cut style, with bleu cheese, horseradish aioli, pickled red onions and watercress on a toasted semolina roll.
It’s very difficult to choose a favorite among so many selections here. It really depends on what mood you’re in.
Next was the black Angus steak sandwich.
That’s sliced filet mignon with melted Monterey Jack cheese, caramelized onions, baby spinach and au jus on a toasted ciabatta roll. Awesome.
Grandpa’s meatball sandwich is pretty tight.
Tomato sauce and fresh mozzarella on a pressed ciabatta roll. Simple and delicious.
This fucker was intensely flavorful.
Slow roasted pork with broccoli rabe and melted provolone on a ciabatta roll. So juicy!
“World’s Greatest Hot Dog” is a bold claim for a menu item to make, but LaFrieda really delivers with this.
This baby is actually two hot dogs with honey mustard, caramelized onions and hot peppers.
As you can see, the dogs are split and grilled, which is a big win for me. I love that preparation.
And finally, the short rib platter.
This is slow roasted and maple glazed, served with greens and a celery root slaw.
For $15 this has to be one of the best buys in NYC for a steak.
This stuff is fork tender too. I was barely able to pick this up without it falling apart – that’s how soft it is!
Do yourself a favor and get this right away. 9/10.
My wife had the genius idea to pop all the items from the soft rib platter onto one of the LaFrieda homemade potato chips.
Pretty incredible! And wash it all down with fresh lemonade or iced tea from the taps.
PAT LAFRIEDA MEAT COUNTER
2 Penn Plaza
New York, NY 10121