Corner BYOB opens Other Corner Charcuterie Bar
Okay, the hulking crispy porc foot might not have been the best thing to order on my first reconnaissance of the Other Corner Charcuterie Bar (850-B West 36th Street, open 7 days 4 pm-1:30 am) in Hampden. But the bar is a spinoff of The Corner BYOB, revered by daring carnivores.
The new place, dark and rustic, like a rural tavern in, say, 1940s France, specializes in charcuterie, and that means headcheese on crostini, blood sausage, chicken liver mousse, and yes, a pig foot, breaded and fried, mostly bone and hoof, but coated in fatty meat with an earthy, leathery flavor and texture. (Yes, leathery. Don’t think too hard about that.)
The fingerling potatoes, fried in duck fat, were delicious, thick wedges of flavorful potatoes, some slightly crisp, in a dish of warm chipotle sauce, and the spicy merguez sausage fondue – rich with melted raclette cheese – is the perfect comfort food. Nothing on the menu is more than $9, so ordering something you’ve never had before won’t be a calamitous faux pas.