By reading some of my previous articles it should come as no surprise, I love burgers. I’m the burger guy, you have to love the cow, and I really believe we were blessed with such a creature for a reason. When man invented the burger, he changed the world.
When I was in the city to meet up with a group of people, we decided to gather at a pretty decent place I heard of before, and had a dinner there about a year ago, Pig ‘N’ Whistle on 36th, one of several throughout NYC. It seems to be a pretty popular bar just for drinking alone. They have a decent selection of beer and the place has beer memorabilia on every wall. Upon entering this place you are a little shocked at the ceiling height. It’s a place of two levels, and the in the center you can look straight up. The shelves behind the bar go straight to the ceiling and on every shelf is some kind of alcoholic beverage.
I had my usual appetite big, hungry, and possibly wanting the house cheeseburger, then I found the Pig Burger on the menu. It came chock full of caramelized onions, sautéed mushrooms and pepper Jack cheese. Nothing out of the ordinary with toppings but it all depends on the chef and how he cooks it. For an appetizer I had to go with yet another one of my obsessions and something I am a sucker for, spinach and artichoke dip. If they have it on the menu, chances are I am going to get it.
The dip came first and didn’t stand a chance sitting on the table in front of me. It came with a decent amount of house made tortilla chips perfect for scooping. It wasn’t more than five minutes and the dip bowl was empty. I could put this on the list as the best spinach and artichoke dip I have had to date. The main meal came out pretty quickly following the dip. There was no waiting period during this meal. My full intentions were to destroy the burger.
The Pig Burger was nice and juicy and cooked medium well the way I like it. Cooked all the way through but not burnt on the outside. The pig burger is not a gourmet meal or anything, but for those nights in the city when you desire a burger, it will meet your needs. It’s a great size and excellent in taste. The sautéed mushrooms and caramelized onions are really the signature add on’s to this burger. I have had similar burgers at other places, but they mastered it and the portion size was just the right.
Overall, Pig ‘N’ Whistle was a thumbs up and it is no surprise that I recommend it, and will stop by for a burger again on one of my many city adventures. Pig ‘N’ Whistle on 36th is a NYC must, whether you are looking for food, or to have a good time with friends and have a few drinks.
Pig ‘N’ Whistle
202 West 36th Street
New York, NY 10018