Is the bone marrow and brisket burger from Swine the best burger in NYC?

 Swine in NYC, New York

Swine in NYC, New York

If you are familiar with the blog, you probably remember that I have rediscovered bone marrow at Noma in Copenhagen a couple of years ago. Since then, I have been looking for it and enjoying it, whether on a steak (like at American Cut by Marc Forgione or STK) or on a burger (at The Brazen Fox). So, my next target was Swine and their bone marrow and brisket burger. 

I went on a Thursday and the place started to get crowded after 8pm, with lots of people ordering the almighty burger. I liked the atmosphere there that was relaxed and not too hyper, with its metallic tables and dark tiles on the wall. Decor wise, I loved the back of the room with its pinball machine that is like a divider between the main dining room and a more cozy area that has the advantage of getting some good light from a large window opened to the sky.

 Dining room at Swine in NYC, New York

Dining room at Swine in NYC, New York

 Pinball machine at Swine in NYC, New York

Pinball machine at Swine in NYC, New York

Before starting my meal, I asked them if they had any signature cocktail, after noticing that some of the names were homage to popular singers such as David Bowie for the Ziggy's Star Dust made with lemon peel-infused vodka, yellow chartreuse,  carrot, ginger, lemon, apple bitters and cider. They recommended the Purple Reign (homage to Prince), made with house-infused bacon bourbon, carpano antica, lucano amaro and apricot-chicory bitters. I really liked it, especially because of the combination smokey / bitter that it delivered perfectly.

 Purple Reign cocktail at Swine in NYC, New York

Purple Reign cocktail at Swine in NYC, New York

 Purple Reign cocktail at Swine in NYC, New York

Purple Reign cocktail at Swine in NYC, New York

Then came the long awaited bone marrow and brisket burger.

 Bone marrow and brisket burger at Swine in NYC, New York

Bone marrow and brisket burger at Swine in NYC, New York

The patty sits on a toasted brioche bread, salad and a slice of tomato, and is topped by Tarentaise cheese and caramelized onions. Instead of fries, it comes with pickles and crispy potato wedges that were piping hot. I ordered the patty medium and it was perfectly cooked, with a nice char, juicy and delightfully fatty, but I admit that I discarded the salad as there was too much of it, completely unbalancing the proportions with the patty. 

 Bone marrow and brisket burger at Swine in NYC, New York

Bone marrow and brisket burger at Swine in NYC, New York

 Bone marrow and brisket burger with crispy potato wedges at Swine in NYC, New York

Bone marrow and brisket burger with crispy potato wedges at Swine in NYC, New York

I, of course, could not leave without trying their desserts and went for the foie gras creme brûlée that was phenomenal. Topped with a slice of bacon, it was a nice sweet and savory dessert that was succulent, giving to this classic dessert another level.

 Foie gras creme brûlée at Swine in NYC, New York

Foie gras creme brûlée at Swine in NYC, New York

I loved my meal at Swine: the bone marrow and brisket burger was sublime, but the most surprising and delicious part of the meal was dessert for me. Yes, the burger is good, but I think that the one at The Brazen Fox mentioned earlier is better. Nevertheless, I would surely go back for that one, or maybe try other dishes, their menu looking amazing.

Enjoy (I did)!

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