Grub/Spirits Restaurant Reviews — 22 June 2010
A Restaurant Review: This Little Piggy Had Roast Beef

This Little Piggy Had Roast Beef
149 First Avenue at 9th Street, East Village – (212) 253-1500
Getting There: L to First Ave.; 6 to Astor Pl.; R/N/W to 8th St.

For New Yorkers, sometimes ambiance is everything. But for Foodies, a savory meal can stand alone. It is in this vein that “This Little Piggy Had Roast Beef” opened its doors in January 2010, straight from the inventive owners of “Artichoke” & “Led Zeppole.” Inside, the establishment isn’t much. A few cooks in the back in plain sight. Some huge hunks of beef and pastrami, where the fresh meat is cut. A Front man at the counter with a thick Jersey accent. And a tight atmosphere with two countertops to stand at and devour your meal. But “This Little Piggy Had Roast Beef” is not trying to be anything more than it is: a sandwich stop for premium, delicious, and affordable sandwiches.

The menu here is not extensive: Foodies are welcome to order their Roast Beef sandwich “This Way” (Layered on a fresh roll, with au jus, and Cheese Whiz) or “That Way” (On a tasty hero, with gravy, and fresh mozzarella cheese), or if you are feeling daring, opt for the Pastrami, served with mustard on rye bread. Sides include a creamy potato or macaroni salad, or crisp, hand-cut French fries. But while inside, that’s really all you need.

The initial bite of the juicy, lean roast beef is a taste explosion, with the soggy bread literally dripping with the salty gravy. The stringy mozzarella cheese only compliments the rest of the succulent sandwich, perfectly uncluttered with its minimal toppings, giving you one badass sandwich for less than eight bucks. The crispy, piled high, potato wedges are thick and just right for dipping into the excess gravy, and can be topped with cheese for a buck.

With an ideal spot, in an ideal location, in the heart of the East Village, “This Little Piggy Had Roast Beef” is a no frills, back to basics sandwich stand, and with only three main items to choose from, the decision making process is simplified for you. But not to worry, the good people and good sandwiches make this affordable eatery a must try.

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