An Insanely Good Pork Sandwich, and…

Half the fun of discovering a new restaurant is sharing it with people you know will enjoy it. As Rachael Ray’s resident restaurant guru, here’s an inside look at what I report back to Rach about some of my favorite restaurant finds and food experiences!

From: Kappy

To: RR

Sent: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 2:54pm

Subject: An Insanely Good Pork Sandwich, and…

Hey Rachael –

Not only was I excited to check out the new Rachael Ray show studio, but I’ve been hearing some great things from the staff about the food in the area. One place that kept coming up is Rocket Pig. While its proximity to the studio explains its popularity in part, Rocket Pig is one cool little – and I mean little – project from the chef of Trestle on Tenth. It essentially was one of their storage closets that they turned into a tiny place that focuses on one thing and one thing only: the Rocket Pig. This is a pulled pork sandwich served with red onion jam and mustard sauce on a fresh ciabatta roll. The pork is brined, rubbed, smoked and roasted for more than 12 or so hours. While it’s not cheap, it’s definitely worth a try when you need a damn good pork sandwich.

A friend at work had invited me to try Desnuda in the East Village for a drink later that evening. Another small space, this wine bar and cevicheria serves up drinks and ceviche from the bar. There are many different creations from the chef – since we had some other damage to do that night, we picked at one of the specials, which was Kona Hamachi with truffle, and a lobster ceviche dish that seemed like it was marinated in a coconut milk mixture and served with mango salsa. I am not going to tell you it was the best ceviche around, but the cool factor makes up for it – just don’t go with a big group.

Just before Desnuda, we popped into Fonda, the one in the East Village (there is also one in Brooklyn). This is one of Roberto Santibanez’s restaurants. He’s a talented Mexican chef and I wanted to try twenty things, but we were on a mission to try the Fish Salpicon, cooked and chopped white fish with a bunch of lime juice, diced onions, diced serrano chilies and chopped cilantro served with fresh hand-pressed corn tortillas. People call this “fish salsa,” which isn’t the most appealing term to me, but it was delicious nonetheless.

And that’s what’s on my plate!

~ Kappy

Rocket Pig

463 West 24th Street

New York, NY 10001

(212) 645-5660


122 East 7th Street

Manhattan, NY 10009

(212) 254-3515


40 Avenue B

Manhattan, NY 10009

(212) 677-4096

Andrew “Kappy” Kaplan loves food. A professionally trained chef, by day he runs Yum-o!, Rachael Ray’s charity focused on kids and cooking, and keeps special projects running smoothly for her. By night he hops course to course, place to place, all across the country. He’s Rach’s own personal dining guide! You can also follow Kappy on Twitter to see what’s On Kappy’s Plate in real-time!

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