Question: what’s better with bacon? Answer: everything. As New York’s love affair with bacon continues apace, restaurants continue to find unique ways of making this food even better. So in honor of International Bacon Day (Aug. 30), we’ve chosen our five favorite bacon dishes in New York City. By Jessica Allen.
NYY Steak Bacon
Located in the heart of Manhattan and just one block from Rockefeller Center, NYY Steak will give you a fine dining experience filled with New York Yankee history and décor. And in honor of National Bacon Day, this restaurant is serving a home run dish: the NYY Steak Bacon appetizer. The signature appetizer includes thick-cut slab bacon with wilted spinach in a maple glaze for juicy goodness that you cannot go wrong with! Available all day, every day at the bar or table for $16.
The Writing Room Burger
Upper East Side restaurateurs Michael and Susy Glick opened up The Writing Room with the intention of delivering a formidable new American staple to the neighborhood. The Writing Room is open for brunch, lunch, and dinner. And if you’ve got a hankering for bacon then making a stop by this restaurant is a must. The Writing Room Burger — which features Vermont cheddar, lettuce, tomato, homemade bacon-onion jam, The Writing Room’s secret sauce, and a stack of onion rings skewered on top, all served with a side of fries — is sure to do the trick. Where else can you find homemade bacon-onion jam to spread on your burger?
You can’t see it in the photo, but the eponymous 1/2-pound burger at Peter Luger Steakhouse comes with cheese and bacon; more specifically, delicious strips of prime-cut USDA-certified bacon. Established in 1887, this Brooklyn institution knows its way around a butcher’s block, a grill, and a stove. The burger is only available at lunch, until 3:45 p.m. So, theoretically, you could have this for your midday meal, then head back and order a sirloin or prime rib for dinner. Sounds like an excellent plan.
Dates and Devils
Don’t be fooled by the cutesy name: dates and devils are awesome. At this upscale wine bar in Astoria, the “devils” are actually deviled eggs, hard-boiled eggs hollowed out and stuffed with a sweet-sour mustard mash. Pretty good, and pretty familiar. The “dates,” though, are mind-blowing. DiWine stuffs dates with pecans, then wraps them in bacon, presenting an astounding punch of flavor in just three or four bites.
Summer Peach with Hand-Cut Bacon Sandwich
Num Pang specializes in Cambodian sandwiches. People queue up year-round for its roasted cauliflower or pulled Duroc pork with spicy honey, but they count the days until the summer peach with hand-cut bacon debuts. This seasonal specialty includes charred peaches, bacon doused in a Guinness-maple glaze, jalapenos, and sliced green onions. The original Num Pang on East 12th Street is currently closed as the restaurant works to open across the street, but with five other locations around Manhattan, you’ll likely always be close to a Num Pang. Go get this before it’s gone.