The Fatty Snack Kiosk is a bit of an anomaly in Battery Park. It’s surrounded by hot dog vendors and guys selling “NYC” hats, hoodies, and t-shirts, yet it’s trying to sell these same tourists quality eats and sides to enjoy while having one of the best views in Manhattan. But if you’re buying a knock-off Yankees cap from a vendor in Battery Park, can you really tell the difference between a good and bad pulled pork sandwich? As a native New Yorker, I think that they do a little bit of both.

A pulled pork sandwich with cole slaw on top.

When I arrived at the Fatty Shack I opted for the Pulled Pork Sandwich, which features pork, BBQ sauce, and pickled slaw on a soft roll. As evidenced by the photo on the left, my sandwich had way too much cole slaw. (Actually, it looks more like a monster from the deep than a sandwich.) Now I like cole slaw as much as the next guy, but I like it more as a side. I certainly don’t like it as a topping that overtakes the entire flavor of the sandwich. And when I get a pulled pork sandwich I want to be able to taste the pork and the barbeque sauce, not the cabbage and the mayo. The abundance of cole slaw truly masks the flavor of the pork. Because of that, I did not enjoy the sandwich as much as I wanted to. The sandwich left me wanting more from the flavor of the pork and the BBQ sauce and less from the cole slaw.

As a side, I ordered the potato salad and I loved it. Rather than mix the potato salad with mayo, Fatty Cue uses mustard vinaigrette that gives the salad a zesty spiciness. For a side dish, it’s a large order that’s tasty and refreshing.

You have to admire Fatty ‘Cue for trying to bring a quality pulled pork sandwiches to the tourists that flood Battery Park. Sadly, I felt as if they did a poor job with the sandwich, but a great job with the side. I’d love to give this sandwich a second chance, but if I go back, I think I’ll opt for the beef brisket sandwich (and I’ll definitely get the potato salad).

Fatty Snack is located in Battery Park (http://fatty-snack.com/) and they can be found on Twitter @FattySnackNYC.

Blue Smoke Pulled Pork (Shea Stadium Edition)

The pulled pork sandwich at Blue Smoke at the new Shea Stadium (Editor’s Note: The author declines to use the actual name of the new stadium in any aspect of his life) fits somewhere in the middle of good and bad pulled pork. It’s bad in the sense that it’s catering to the casual pulled pork sandwich eater; the ones who are purchasing it at a baseball game for the novelty of it all. However, it’s also everything that’s right with pulled pork. The pork is tasty, tender, and juicy. You finish it and you want another one.  The sesame bun is toasted, and all of the meat fits ever-so-nicely, you’re not picking any meat off the bottom of your basket. A few pickles are provided in order to give the sandwich some extra juiciness. There are many ways to look at this sandwich, but it is truly one of the best sandwiches I have ever had at a sporting event. When you get it, try and time it so you don’t miss out on too much of the game, considering that’s what you’ve paid to see.

Blue Smoke is located behind centerfield at the New Shea Stadium (123-01 Roosevelt Ave.) and Blue Smoke as a whole can be found on Twitter @BlueSmokeNYC.