You know that restaurant Trestle on Tenth? Didn't think so. Unless you've been living in deep West Chelsea for a while or happen to love Swiss-American cuisine, it's not a place that tends to be top of mind for most people. That's not to say that it isn't a good restaurant. New Yorkers just don't seem to regularly freak out about it via social media. And we all know that at this point, if your food isn't on Instagram, it might as well not even exist.
But all of that is beginning to change. Trestle on Tenth is working its way back into the conversation, and it's all thanks to their thing on the side, Rocket Pig. You see, Trestle's chef/owner Ralf Kuettel is apparently some kind of Swiss-bred pork prodigy. He's known for knowing his way around swine better than almost anyone, and last summer he decided to start selling this insane creation of a pig sandwich out of a small building behind his restaurant. Lo and behold, people are lining up to get their hands on it, and all the food media types are going bananas and publishing "best sandwich lists" with Rocket Pig on or near the top. Sound like a good marketing idea? It was. But it's also a really, really good sandwich. We lined up for it, and you know we Instagrammed or whatever about it too. It might have even convinced us to get Trestle On Tenth on the list for a proper review sometime soon. See how that works?
Who am I kidding though? You couldn't give a sh*t about any of that. What you want to know is, do you want to trek it all the way to 10th Avenue and pay $14 to eat at Rocket Pig? The answer is absolutely yes. This really is one of the best sandwiches in town.
Ok, so this thing really is as good as everyone says it is. The story here is that pork shoulder and neck meat is brined, rubbed, and smoked until it tastes absurdly good, and is then piled onto a soft, lightly toasted ciabatta roll. Red onion jam and a little mustard aioli are applied, and a little cup of home made hot sauce is handed to you, should you be in the mood to set it off. It's absolutely incredible. And now that I sat here and wrote all that out, whatever I eat today is going to suck in comparison. Damn.
There are a few other things available here, should you decide to stay and eat on the patio or at one of the little counters. Oysters are $2.75 a pop and always fresh, and there is also a nice selection of meats and cheeses. As if you need either of those things after eating something called a Rocket Pig.