Hands down, roast beef is my all-time favorite sandwich meat (the redder the better). This Little Piggy Had Roast Beef is manna from heaven because it specializes in roast beef sandwiches. The menu has expanded since I first went there, and I’ve only focused on the roast beef portion.

This Little Piggy is quite small. You can eat there, but there’s only counter space for five, so I recommend getting it to go. There can be some confusion when you arrive because the space is tight and the chef is also the cashier, but it’s easily managed. Also, I’ve had the same sandwich maker every time, which has given all of my sandwiches a nice consistency.

THIS WAY

The first sandwich I tried was This Way, which is similar to a Philly cheesesteak, however, there are no peppers and onions. Instead, the sandwich is flavored with au jus. There’s so much cheez whiz on the sandwich it looks like an explosion of wiz. But this is a good thing. The cheese to roast beef ratio is exceptional, which allows each bite of roast beef to be covered in whiz. My only complaint is I couldn’t really taste the au jus. Overall a decent sandwich, but nothing really stuck out to make me want to order another one.

THAT WAY

That Way is my favorite sandwich on the menu. It features roast beef, mozzarella, and gravy on a hero. Although I don’t normally like my roast beef to be warm, this sandwich is fantastic. The roast beef was flavorful and cooked to perfection (it wasn’t bloody nor was it over-cooked). The mozzarella is extremely fresh and perfectly stretched across the entire sandwich. There isn’t an ounce of meat without any cheese on it. The gravy gives the sandwich an added juiciness. Traveling with the sandwich is no problem, it didn’t get soggy on the walk home. Each bite had the perfect amount of all three ingredients. I can see myself repeatedly going back for This Way. I highly recommend you try it.

THE OTHER THING

Recently added to the menu, “The Other Thing” is actually a pastrami sandwich. Since nothing can top Katz’s, and I’m not really a fan of pastrami to begin with, I skipped this one.

SOMETHING ELSE

Although no longer on the menu, This Little Piggy used to carry the Something Else. It’s similar to the That Way, however, it’s got wiz, mozzarella, and French fries. French fries should not be on sandwiches and that was enough to stop me from trying this.

THE POPEYE WAY

Instead I chose the Popeye Way (roast beef, provolone, and spinach). I did not choose wisely. First, spinach does not belong on a sandwich because it gives the sandwich a horrific taste that can only be counteracted by removing the offending taste (i.e., the spinach). I picked off all of the spinach on the second half and that made it tolerable. Second, there just wasn’t enough cheese (especially when compared to the amount of cheese on the other sandwiches). After the cheese melted it disappeared, which made it look like there wasn’t any in the sandwich. I also couldn’t taste it, but that could have been an after effect of the spinach flavor in my mouth. Finally, it was way too greasy. If it’s greasy enough for Homer Simpson to eat, it’s too greasy for me. I don’t want to be wiping my hands on my napkin after each bite.

BREAD

All of the sandwiches can be ordered on a hero or a roll. Always go for the hero. It’s more expensive but you’re getting your money’s worth because it’s a bigger sandwich with more of everything on it.

CONCLUSION

It’s simple really, if you love roast beef, you’ll love This Little Piggy.

This Little Piggy is located at 149 1st Ave. (www.thislittlepiggynyc.com/) and they can be found on Twitter @thislilpiggynyc

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The Gramercy Meat Market

February 1, 2012

Although not a traditional sandwich shop, the Gramercy Meat Market makes one of the best roast beef sandwiches I’ve ever had. I kept my sandwich simple: roast beef, Swiss cheese, and mayo, and it was still huge. This sandwich was, hands down, the best roast beef sandwich I have ever had in my life.

The sandwich is created the old fashioned way, by hand. The butcher takes a slab of freshly cooked roast beef and slices it by hand with a large carving knife. I’m sure slicing five slabs of roast beef isn’t fun or easy, but I was entranced by this sandwich making. The roast beef looked like it was cooked medium well, it wasn’t so red that you thought the meat was still alive, but it was cooked well enough to retain al of its flavor, but there was still a nice amount of blood to keep the meat fresh and juicy. A little generic mayo was added to the ciabata bread and, after being amazed by its preparation, it was time to take the sandwich home.

A Delicious Sandwich that You Will Never Eat

The Swiss cheese was one of the sharpest Swiss cheeses I’ve ever had. It tasted like Swiss cheese is supposed to taste. It’s fresh, not overly processed, which gives it the sharpness most other Swiss cheeses are missing.

I couldn’t find a single flaw in this sandwich. All of the ingredients went well together. The roast beef was cooked perfectly. The Swiss was the best I’ve ever had.

The sandwich is extremely affordable ($7 after taxes) and extremely large (at least a foot long), you feel like you’re taking advantage of the Gramercy Meat Market by paying such a small price for such a great sandwich. There’s no way anyone could be disappointed in this sandwich.

Since it’s not a traditional sandwich shop, the Gramercy Meat Market isn’t always prepared to make this sandwich upon request. You can either take your chances by walking in and asking for it or you can call ahead to see if they’re making roast beef sandwiches on any given day. You get so excited walking there that when they don’t have it, disappointment quickly sets in. I’m calling ahead next time I’m craving it.

The Gramercy Meat Market is located at 383 B 2nd Avenue.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Sadly, the last time I walked past the Gramercy Meat Market, the store wasn’t open and the windows were covered with paper on the inside. I don’t know if this means they’re renovating or they’ve gone out of business. I’m hoping for the former.