Friday, May 18, 2012

Alewife Queens: The Home of BBQ Pulled Pork Croutons

After my good friend Nick attended an all pork extravaganza in NYC aptly called Aporkalypse, he told me about the incredible Smoked Almond Macarons with Chocolate Bacon Ganache that simply won him over. He wanted to try Alewife Queens in Long Island City, the restaurant/bar responsible for this creation to see what other exciting menu options we could experience together. Food adventures are our specialty, and this one was sure to be a delicious one. The bar is large with an open layout and long wooden tables large enough for sharing. Beer is a must (they have a solid selection).

Jalapeno Mac and Cheese - Smoked Cheddar, Jalapeno, BBQ Pulled Pork Croutons $13

My favorite dish we tried was the jalapeno mac and cheese with BBQ pulled pork croutons. Let me say it again... BBQ PULLED PORK CROUTONS. It featured radiatori pasta (a rare shape for mac and cheese, but a really great choice), smoked cheddar and finely chopped jalapeno. The jalapeno gave it a really nice heat element without being incredibly overpowering, and the cheese sauce was super creamy and cloaked the pasta well. The pulled pork croutons were essentially cubes of pulled pork that were breaded and fried. Absolutely brilliant! I am officially on board and would like all future croutons that enter my mouth to be made of pulled pork. Thank you.

Soft Pretzel Bites - Horseradish and Caraway Mustard $8

We also tried the soft pretzel bites, which were served with an adorable sealed tube of homemade horseradish and caraway mustard. It was such a fun presentation and the pretzels and mustard were, as always, a perfect pair. Definitely a nice bar food option done well.

Ramps - Crispy Hen Egg, Brown Butter, Yuzu $10

We loved the ramps served with a crispy hen egg, brown butter, and yuzu. The hot runny yolk with the crisp crust of the fried hen egg was the ultimate "sauce" for the ramps. A really lovely presentation, far exceeding what most would expect at a bar.

Shishito Peppers - Lemon Oil, Wasabi Greens $7

Shishito peppers are a pretty regular choice whenever we go out. We love the exterior char on the softened pepper. Eating these is quite similar to an edible Russian roulette. You never quite know which will be the super spicy ones and which will be more mild. Either way, the beer is nice for pacifying the burn from the really hot ones.

Roast Beef Sliders - House Baked Rye, Emmentaler Swiss Cheese, Caramelized Onions, Horseradish Cream $12

Finally, we also tried the roast beef sliders, which were served on toasted rounds of rye bread with Emmentaler cheese, caramelized onions, and served with horseradish cream. Unfortunately, we thought these sliders were way too dry to properly enjoy. The toasted bread had a great texture and chewiness, but along with the too dry roast beef, it was almost unpalatable. I needed quite a bit of the sauce to add enough moisture to be able to eat it. This was a forgettable option in my opinion. Definitely go for the first four instead! Overall, this is an excellent find in the neighborhood of Long Island City and absolutely worth a ride on the 7 train to get there! Just skip the roast beef sliders and you won't be sorry.

Alewife Queens
5-14 51st Ave
Long Island City, NY 11101
(718) 937-7494


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