May 7, 2010
If you live in New York, you are used to there being lots of street food fairs. They start in May and go all the way until September. It's always the same stuff. Sausage and peppers, zeppoles, hot dogs, candy apples and corn on the cob. Not in my neighborhood. My block is all restaurants. There are the usual street vendors but they also allow the restaurants to do whatever they want also. There is a bar called PJ Hanley's. It's an Irish joint that takes their food seriously. The first thing they do is build a huge pit in the street. The begin roasting pigs very early in the morning. I sat and drew the owner, Peter. In my sketch is their rib smoker. I had it built out of a boiler from an old ship. The contraption is full of brisket and spicy rubbed ribs. They use big cleavers to hack them up. They serve pulled pork and beef along side giant orders of the smoked ribs. All the bars have tables and chairs on the streets with their kegs out front too. We sat drinking beer and eating our goodies. No hamburgers or zeppoles for us.