Hey Baby, Take A Walk on the Wild Boar Side
It’s Autumn, and that means ’tis the season for all things gamey. The New York Times recently published some vintage recipes for the more culinary adventurous among us – possum and squirrel – and that triggered our own hunt for Wild Boar that we haven’t had since a trip to Italy last year. Though these oinks aren’t on the menu year-round, here are some offerings you should look out for this season, based on previous years’ options:
- On the menu year-round at Bareburger on Third Avenue in lower Manhattan is the Wild Boar Cuban consisting of a wild boar patty, Canadian bacon, baby swiss, dill pickle relish and stone ground mustard. Wild boar can also be used as a meat on any of their other burgers. If Fidel Castro were allowed to travel here freely, he’d surely want to try one. Yum.
- Enoteca Barbone on Avenue B has been known to treat its East Village clientele to seven levels of wild boar piled high in the form of lasagna.
- A meal for all seasons at Grano Trattoria across town in the West Village could not be complete before one of the menu’s staples, the Casarecci con salsiccia di Cinghiale & funghi, known to Anglophones as casarecci pasta with wild boar sausage & mushrooms.
- For an artisanal French bistro and wine bar experience, look no further than Artisanal, where you can get freshly cut slices of Wild Boar Cacciatorini at the Charcuterie alongside other classics such as Jamon Iberico and Duck Foie Gras.
- When you’ve had too much fun last night and are in need of your classic hangover omelet with a healthy dose of wild boar, 508 GastroBrewery serves up a mean Wild Boar Omelet with housemade smoked sausage with cheddar, onion, tomato, basil and a Wild Boar Firegrilled Flatbread Pizza with housemade wild boar sausage, spicy tomato sauce, mozzarella, parmesan, parsley, and scallions on its brunch menu. Not only are they delicious, but they will deliver them right to your door!
- For the inner Eastern European in all of us, Polish restaurant Krowelski Jadlo in the heart of Hipsterville Williamsburg serves up a hearty Stuffed Wild Boar in pepper cognac sauce, horse radish potatoes. (Yes, they will deliver to your eight-person shared loft too.)
- If you are looking to meet gentlemen and farmers, head to Gentleman Farmer for Wild Boar Chop — boar sausage, red cabbage, carrots, chestnuts, stewed apples.
- And in its most simplest, and least expensive form, one can find $7 wild boar sausages, marinated in red wine with fresh herbs and spices, at Wechsler’s Currywurst & Bratwurst, so let Octoberfest begin!
For a complete list of NYC restaurants serving Wild Boar, check out MenuPages! And when you’re craving some Wild Boar, but don’t want to leave your apartment, search for it on Seamless. The results may surprise you.
Got some favorite Wild Boar dishes? Share them in the comments below!