Pig Shortage 2013: Where to Get Your Pig Fixins While They're Still Oinkin'

Our Top Three Pig Picks for New York City

September 25, 2012 7:20 PM EDT | By Anthony Smith
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As you've probably already read, in 2013, there's going to be a serious shortage of pigs. The global drought (you probably know it as "really nice winter") that ravaged our Heartland just nine short months ago decimated our yield of corn and soya. Since these two key ingredients compose the majority of cheap, efficient pig feed, pig slaughter (or as I like to call it, pork production) will have to be cut by a factor of 10% by 3Q and 4Q in 2013. (Photo: Stock Photo)

As you've probably already read, in 2013, there's going to be a serious shortage of pigs. The global drought (you probably know it as "really nice winter") that ravaged our Heartland just nine short months ago decimated our yield of corn and soya. Since these two key ingredients compose the majority of cheap, efficient pig feed, pig slaughter (or as I like to call it, pork production) will have to be cut by a factor of 10% by 3Q and 4Q in 2013.

This could mean supermarkets charging double what they do now for bacon. And we're not just talking Whole Foods.

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Pig out with us at our favorite pig joints in New York City. And yes, this skews a little Brooklyn-centric, but whatever.

3. Fette Sau

Say what you want about Fette Sau. Their lines are too long. Duh. Their food is a little to expensive. Of course. But nothing beats their pig cheeks, which are handled with all the care you look for when you're eating a cut of meat you don't usually get to.

And when you try their pig cheeks, you'll want to eat them every day.

2. Traif

People fall into two camps with Traif: everyone who absolutely adores it and everyone who's angry that they were suckered by the hype. The joint, which names itself after Hebrew word for all the foods that weren't okay to eat (it's the opposite of Kosher), has quite a hefty portion of pigginess on its menu. And while we're not fans of the pork belly, the bacon cocktail couldn't come with a higher recommendation. Think of a salt-rimmed margarita, then replace the salt with bacon bits.

Yup. It goes there, then comes back with stories.

1. Rosamunde

I know what you're thinking: what the heck is a San Francisco joint doing on a list of New York places?

It's our pleasure to inform you that Rosamunde has made it to New York City, andjust finished setting up shop in Williamsburg. Why? Chase Hartwig gives the dish below:

In the words of Rosamunde's general manager: "At our stores on Mission Street and Haight Street, we have a very diverse customer base, and we felt we would be a perfect fit in Williamsburg considering the creativity and energy it has to offer."

Run, don't walk, to get yourself some piggy goodness.



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