Porchetta: A Taste of Italian Street Food in New York City

By Emily Collins

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Porchetta is a tiny East Village shop that does its namesake justice. Their goal was to perfect the art of making porchetta sandwiches, a traditional Italian street food that is hard to find in the city. What makes Porchetta so special, you ask? The answer is easy; the Porchetta sandwich is the kind of food that stuns because it’s simplicity marrying quality. They’ve got the recipe down to a science, perfected the tender sandwich and intend to keep it that way.

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Porchetta’s Signature Sandwich | Photo credit: Porchetta

The owners, Sara Jenkins and Matt Lindemulder, strive to create something unique, consistent and affordable for city-goers that are looking for a quick bite. The pork is cooked slowly and is just about everything you would want on a sandwich. The meat is juicy, crispy and soft. The bread is crunchy. In short, it’s roasted perfection.

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Crispy Potatoes with Burnt Edges | Photo credit: Porchetta

While the Porchetta sandwich is their specialty, their other dishes are not to be overlooked. The sides are just like something you’d find in an old Italian kitchen: authentic, homemade and fresh. The crispy potatoes with burnt ends are an excellent complement to the namesake sandwich.

Luckily for you, FoodtoEaters, Porchetta is geared towards take out and delivery. Their sandwiches can be delivered right to your door or pre-ordered online for pick up. Check out Porchetta’s entire menu here and the line at this small shop are known to be pretty lengthy, so order online and get the food delivered to your door. Looking to impress a date with your savvy take out skills? We think a candlelight dinner featuring Porchetta sandwiches will sweep anybody off their feet.

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Get a Taste of East Village with Taste of Seventh, the Food Crawl You’ve Been Waiting For

By Debra Liu

Can you feel it? Can you taste it? The most delicious food crawl of the year is upon us. Taste of Seventh will run from 3/8 to 3/9 and will feature foods from East Village restaurants including Luke’s Lobster, Caracas Arepas, Porchetta, Butter Lane cupcakes, Oaxaca, Wechsler’s Currywurst, and Big Gay Ice Cream.

Tickets will start selling later today on Luke’s Lobster website and FoodtoEat will be offering a free ticket to one of our lucky customers tomorrow, 3/1. The free ticket to the event will be the kick-off prize for FoodtoEat’s Munch Madness promotion – simply place a food order on FoodtoEat and you’ll be entered to win! Each day-  for an entire month -FoodtoEat will be giving away prizes and discounts.

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Here’s a rundown of the scrumptious foods being offered:

Luke’s Lobster, will be serving a Maine-style, half lobster roll. Luke’s Lobster has been a staple of East Village since 2009 now with 10 restaurants, currently one truck and a Park Slope location on the way;

Luke's Lobster Roll
Luke’s Lobster Roll

Caracas Arepa Bar, straight from Venezuela with New York temperament, will be offering their vegetarian arepa, La Mamasita Arepa which is filled with grilled mushrooms, roasted corn, sweet plantains and the works;

La Mamacita Arepa | Photo: Thrillist
La Mamacita Arepa | Photo: Thrillist

Porchetta, one of Time Out New York’s Best 100, will be serving traditional Italian roast pork sandwich with aromatic, crispy skin;

Porchetta Sandwich | Photo: Donna Alberico for The New York Times
Porchetta Sandwich | Photo: Donna Alberico for The New York Times

Wechsler’s Currywurst, a New York City temple to German sausage, will be offering pork bratwurt with curry ketchup and fries;

Wechsler’s Currywurst & Fries
Wechsler’s Currywurst & Fries

Oaxaca, celebrating a Mexican city rich in food culture, will serve a mini burrito;

Oaxaca Burrito | Photo: Oaxaca
Oaxaca Burrito | Photo: Oaxaca

Butter Lane, teaching the world how to bake perfect cupcakes, will be offering one of their six favorite cupcakes;

Raspberry Cupcake |Photo: Butter Lane
Raspberry Cupcake |Photo: Butter Lane

Big Gay Ice Cream, the innovative team that made old-fashioned soft-serve ice cream unique with glamorous toppings, will be serving up the Apple Gobbler, a vanilla sundae with grahams, bourbon butterscotch, apple butter and whipped cream.

Apple Gobbler from Big Gay Ice Cream | Photo: Bionic Bites
Apple Gobbler from Big Gay Ice Cream | Photo: Bionic Bites

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to sample a bunch of New York City’s finest restaurants, all in one weekend, at a price that can’t be beat. And if you win a FREE ticket from FoodtoEat, it’ll be even more delicious.

Get excited, here’s the Munch Madness calendar:

FoodtoEat Munch Madness Calendar
FoodtoEat Munch Madness Calendar
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The FoodtoEat Academy Awards Presents the Nominees for Best Super “Hero”

By Rosie O’Regan

Didja hear? The theme of the 86th Annual Academy Awards is movie heroes! This year’s Oscars will celebrate everything from emotional films about real-life heroes (“Gandhi”, “Silkwood”) to action-packed flicks about comic book heroes (“Superman”. “The Dark Knight”). All this talk about heroes started to make the FoodtoEat team hungry–not for the tights and cape-wearing crowd, but for the sandwich variety. We’ve devised our own list of the nominees for Best Super “Hero”.

Spicy Chicken Grinder from Big D’s Grub Truck

In the category of Best Grinder, the clear winner is the Spicy Chicken Grinder from Big D’s Grub Truck. Standout performances by the tender chicken mixed with spicy mayo sent this hero to the top of our list. We would also like to acknowledge the heart-felt supporting role played by the fresh chopped cilantro and sweet & tangy pickled daikon. Hats off!

Spicy Chicken Grinder from Big D’s Grub Truck

Oven Baked Salmon Sandwich from Cafe Delectica

The front-runner for this year’s Best Seafood Hero is rumored to be the Oven Baked Salmon Sandwich from Cafe Delectica. The Oven Baked Salmon received surprisingly favorable reviews from the critics. Roger Ebert gave it 4 stars and called the combination of salmon, avocado, sliced tomato, arugula and spicy mayo on seven grain bread an absolute sensation.

Oven Baked Salmon Sandwich from Delectica

Pork Sandwich from Cheeky Sandwiches

This year was full of dramatic performances, so Cheeky Sandwiches’ Pork Sandwich was refreshingly sweet. The ensemble cast of marinated seared pork chops, caramelized apples, onions, sweet and spicy mustard gave an honest and touching performance.

Pork Sandwich from Cheeky Sandwiches

Banh Mi Dac Biet/Paris Special Baguette from Paris Sandwich 

For Best Foreign Hero, our money is on the Banh Mi Dac Biet/Paris Special Baguette from Paris Sandwich. Hailing from Vietnamese cuisine, this ingenue impressed us with its classic performance which combined bacon, pork roll, and crunchy ham. Bravo!

Paris Special Vietnamese Sandwich from Paris Sandwich Truck

Porchetta Sandwich from Porchetta

Critics and audiences alike were blown away by the conservatory-trained Porchetta Sandwich from Porchetta. Who knew that rolled, herbed pork roast served on ciabatta could bring literal tears to peoples’ eyes? We’d give it a standing ovation.

Porchetta Sandwich from Porchetta

We would like to thank the FoodtoEat Academy for always believing in us and supporting the hero community. This Sunday, March 2nd, grab your favorite hero and tune in to the 2014 Academy Awards!

DailyFoodtoEat is the official blog of FoodtoEat, a sustainable online food ordering and concierge catering service featuring your favorite restaurants, food trucks and caterers. Check out the deliciousness here: www.foodtoeat.com